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Here are some pitching articles on this important pitching velocity topic. This topic is currently open for discussion. You can either comment on the articles below or start a thread in the pitching forums.
by Brent Pourciau · May 4, 2013
I know you don’t want to read this article because it looks long and complicated and you want to be lazy but if you can just man up and take the next 5 minutes to read this, it will change your understanding of pitching forever!
Don’t kill the messenger. I know the title, “The Dangers & Alternatives to Max Distance Long Toss” is provocative but this is strictly for promotion purposes, I promise! Yes, I want everyone in the game of baseball to know the facts behind this approach to training the pitcher so I am promoting this information and I am not ashamed as some may believe but honored to do this for the baseball community. I am also promoting the 3X Pitching Velocity Program as an alternative to max distance long toss because it affords me the time to put together this kind of research for today’s young pitcher and it works!
The reason everyone gets so emotional and worked up when you talk about max distance long toss is because the majority of people believe you are talking about throwing the ball farther than 60 feet. Max distance long toss is not from 61 feet and beyond. I am defining max distance long toss at 180 feet and beyond and this article will show you why this distance is important and why all pitchers need to understand this. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 6, 2013
So have you heard about the Velocity Pill? It is the magic bullet to pitching velocity. I have had it available on this website for years and the response I have received has been priceless.
If you haven’t learned about this pitching velocity pill, that will give you a 90 mph fastball in less than one minute, then you need to check it out. This revolutionary technology comes out of Japan and it is totally bogus. Yes, this is a joke and yes many people have fallen for it.
I actually had a call today about the velocity pill and it went like this, “Hello, what the f@#k is this velocity pill all about? This looks like a bunch of bull shit to me! CLICK.” Priceless! I just love it when pitchers fall for this. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then checkout the page and make sure you hit the BUY NOW button. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 3, 2013
Have you experienced a pitching velocity drop in-season and are in need of these 10 tips to maintaining pitching velocity in-season? You are not the only one! I am sure you are saying to yourself that this is the worst time for this to happen but it has happened and you need help, FAST!
It is that time of year again when I am getting tons of emails of pitchers who have worked so hard to add 5-10 mph during the off-season with the 3X Pitching Velocity Program but only a few months into the season they start to see those gains disappear. The quickest solution to this major problem is the 3X In-Season Program but for those who do not have it or who have not been through the 3X Pitching Velocity Program, which is a requirement, then here are 10 key tips to help you maintain or just get back your high pitching velocity while in-season. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 27, 2013
There are 10 common mistakes that most of the pitchers in this game make at some point in their pitching careers which can or will lead to injury and can be avoided with some basic knowledge of science driven pitching mechanics.
Let’s face it, pain and injury is a serious problem for pitchers at all levels of the game. Baseball is a game that involves periods of apparent inactivity punctuated by the highest recorded angular velocities of human movement. (6) Due to this hostile environment the threat of injury is that snake in the woods that is hunting you down and you are just hoping you do not run into it. Every pitcher is just praying that this pain or discomfort in the arm is not going to be a career changer. I really don’t want to scare you here because I am here to help and the best way for me to start helping you is by acknowledging the risks involved.
by Brent Pourciau · February 22, 2013
Listen to the entire 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 3. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by selecting the button on the far right.
3X Pitching – Podcast Episode 3 Transcript
This transcript is a rough draft. It is recommended that you listen to the podcast above.
3 Is the Magic Number
Hey, Brent Pourciau, TopVelocity.net!
This is the 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 3! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 21, 2013
Listen to the entire 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 2. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by selecting the button on the far right.
3X Pitching – Podcast Episode 2 Transcript
This transcript is a rough draft. It is recommended that you listen to the podcast above.
Performance Data of Professional Baseball
Alright! Brent Pourciau, Top Velocity.net.
Welcome to the second episode of my 3X Pitching show or podcast, whatever you want to call it. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 30, 2012
Gravity is the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth. An athlete must react with the ground to oppose this gravitational force to move his body, therefore better athletes build more ground reaction forces to generate more speed/power. High velocity pitchers are no exception!
How can any pitching coach or instructor say that the pitching delivery starts and continues with the hips? The hips are not reacting with the ground. How can any pitching coach or instructor say that the pitching delivery starts with the lift leg? The lift leg is not reacting with the ground. Why isn’t every pitching coach and instructor coaching or instructing the pitcher to start with the drive leg? The reason, because they do not know the science behind high velocity pitching. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 17, 2012
Well if you are looking for the The Ultimate Weight Training Program for Pitchers then you have come to the right place. We specialize in strength and conditioning programs for developing the healthy high velocity pitcher.
Just recently I had a young pitcher come to my training facility here in Louisiana who was 16 years old and having arm problems. His name was Mitchell. He and his Dad where interested in training through my 3X Pitching Velocity Program, which has helped hundreds play at the next level. He was excited to get started but his Dad was concerned about the weight training program. I told him I would not advise him to remove the weight training program because it will support his development through his teen years and also help with his current arm problems. His Dad decided against weight training for now. I told him that I would only run him through the 3X Velocity System, which is the throwing program but he would not see the improvements that others had made because he was not doing the weight training portion. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 17, 2012
Before we dive straight into flexibility and the high velocity pitcher we need to first define what flexibility is and why is it so important to the high velocity pitcher. Conventional wisdom has this flexibility issue completely wrong. How many times have you heard your coach or a coach say that working out makes you tight and you need to be more flexible, but at the same time he is complaining that you do not throw hard enough? This should tell you that this is a coach who has a very poor understanding of the body and especially the high velocity pitcher.
Flexibility is the common word used to define a limber body that can easily bend and stretch, the problem is this doesn’t really define the high velocity pitcher. The high velocity pitcher does a lot more than just bend and stretch his body, he also generates power. If a high velocity pitcher is just bending and stretching but not generating power in return, then we do not have a high velocity pitcher. The question you should ask your coach is do you want me to just be flexible or do you want me to be both flexible and powerful like a high velocity pitcher? The picture above should prove your point. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 5, 2012
No, this is not the next big baseball product launch to boost pitching velocity brought to you by some online marketing company. The 3X Power Burst or 3X Burst is the real deal and it is a game changer!
This is a coaching tip that is a major part of the 3X Pitching Velocity Program and it holds the secret to how elite pitchers increase pitching velocity in their careers from 5-15 mph or more. Yes, I am giving this secret to a massive increase in pitching velocity away here for FREE!
This means my inbox is going to be inundated with emails telling me that I am crazy for giving this revolutionary information that can change a pitchers career overnight for nothing. I don’t care, I was a pitcher in my career who searched for this information for too long and I didn’t find it until the very end of my career when I discovered it myself. I want everyone, who is in the same position I was in during my pitching career when I desperately needed this critical pitching velocity information, to learn this stuff, so they can turn their career around just like I did. You can thank me later! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 20, 2012
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Training with Brent Pourciau at Guerilla Baseball Academy was one of the best choices I have made in my life. All my life coaches told me I was the “Crafty Lefty” and that I didn’t need to throw hard to get guys out. Honestly I got so tired of hearing it and knew I needed to make a huge change if I wanted to pursue a legitimate career in baseball. So I went down to work out with Brent and take the first step in changing my career. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 19, 2012
Thanks to Coach Robo, who recently brought my attention to a brand new case study on the Top Velocity forums, which actually tested the correlations of lower body power to throwing velocity. The case study was performed outside of the United States of America which makes perfect sense to me because the only way you are going to get an institute to break outside of the conventional wisdom of the game of baseball in this country, is if the institute is actually located outside of this country.
The documentation of the study actually begins by saying that there are numerous case studies proving that increased muscle strength and power do increase throwing velocity but the majority of these studies only focus on the upper body. Ahh, the ignorance of the culture of American Baseball, it is so refreshing! I have to congratulate the Aussies and the Canadians for not falling into this ignorance and searching outside of the box. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 19, 2012
So who is afraid of the bench press? Don’t be scared! There has been for years a lot of controversy around the bench press for pitchers. The conventional pitching coach describes the lift as a guaranteed career ending device, “It will destroy your rotator cuff or make you too tight when you throw!” You may have heard these exact words before coming from your pitching coach. The problem is this is just a lot of misinformation from coaches who are uneducated in the world of strength and conditioning.
The bench press is NOT THE BEST LIFT to enhance performance in the weight room but it does have some benefits for the pitcher. This article will cover the Pros and Cons of the Bench Press for Pitchers, so you can move past the controversy and start moving closer towards your pitching goals.
by Brent Pourciau · June 14, 2012
Everyone wants to throw a fastball 90 mph but only a rare few can do it. Some who can do it also want the ability to do it every pitch. The problem is most pitchers have very little understanding of the requirements to throwing a fastball 90 mph. This article will cover the top 10 requirements to throwing a fastball 90 mph.
This information is based on my own experience accomplishing this feat in my career after rotator cuff surgery when Doctors said I would never play again, coaching many pitchers to reach the 90 mph mark, case study after case study proving the science behind the 90 mph fastball and countless hours of studying high velocity pitchers in slow motion video analysis. The Pitching Articles on this site reference these resources. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 11, 2012
There are many studies that define the difference in the kinematics of high velocity pitchers to low velocity pitchers but few of these studies mention the time or speeds of the movements. When speed is used as a measurement of movements and how these speeds effect the movements up the entire kinetic chain then these measurements expose the secrets to high velocity pitching.
Speed is why pitchers must use video analysis to discover flaws and to make effective mechanical adjustments to their deliveries. The entire pitching delivery of a high velocity pitcher from the peak of the leg lift to pitch release is less than 1 second. The human eye is not capable of recording all the movements a pitcher makes during this short amount of time. This is why most young pitchers have a poor understand of high velocity pitching mechanics, like how the stride effects hip rotation speeds and how hip rotation speeds effects the rest of the pitching delivery. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 4, 2012
When most pitchers first learn high velocity pitching mechanics, like with the revolutionary approach called 3X Pitching, they quickly discover the importance of range of motion. Harder throwers can create more range of motion between the hips and shoulder and also in the throwing shoulder during external rotation or the late cocking phase.
The problem is these pitchers will jump to conclusions that the answer to increasing pitching velocity is to only increase range of motion. Well if you have a basic understand of the laws of physics you will know that if you increase range of motion but reduce force in return then you are working against yourself.
For an increase in a pitcher’s range of motion to enhance pitching velocity, the forces coming from this movement must remain the same or hopefully they will also increase with the added range of motion. The key to increasing pitching velocity through more range of motion is with speed and not just with flexibility. Most pitchers will try to take this approach to using flexibility training to increase range of motion. They will stretch and stretch and stretch the arm, through a full range of motion, in hopes this will increase pitching velocity. In many cases this flawed approach reduces pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 1, 2012
The conventional pitching coach will spend most of his time working with a pitcher’s body positions, like torso alignment or arm angle, instead of his speeds. Pitching velocity is influenced more by the speeds of the body movements than its Kinematics. Kinematics are very important to pitching but without a complete understanding of its relationships to the forces and speeds of the movements then the ability of a pitching coach or a pitcher to have a significant effect on enhancing pitching velocity is limited.
Speed Mechanics is the heart of 3X Pitching. It defines the importance of speed through the kinetic chain as it relates to pitching velocity. It tends to be overlooked by the conventional coaches and pitchers who learn the 3X approach to increase pitching velocity for the first time because they focus more on the kinematics aka 3X Mechanics. The problem is most of these coaches and pitchers do not see themselves or the pitcher as speed or power athletes. It takes a completely new perspective for these conventional coaches and pitchers to see high velocity pitching as a speed movement and not just a series of positions. This article will help prove once again the importance of speed to pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 22, 2012
3X Pitching is a revolutionary approach to increase pitching velocity which holds the secrets to power pitching. The foundation of the approach is using triple extension (3X) of the drive leg to enhance hip to shoulder separation and pitching velocity. You can learn more about the science behind this power pitching approach in my latest article called, Scientific Proof that 3X is Key to Separation and Pitching Velocity.
In another article here at TopVelocity.net, I defined a critical component to implementing 3X which is called the ankle kick. You can learn more about the ankle kick and it’s role in the 3X Pitching mechanics in the article called, 3X Pitching and the Critical Ankle Kick. Once a pitcher has learned the power of the ankle kick to the 3X approach to pitching and has used the 3X Velocity System (throwing program) to implement the motor coordination around the 3X Pitching mechanics then it is important to begin working on the fine motor skills of 3X Pitching to help the pitcher master the entire approach and have a significant increase on pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 15, 2012
If you read the countless articles on this site you will learn about a new term that has been brought into the pitching world. This term was first planted into the pitching delivery right here at TopVelocity.net. Maybe you found this website because you wanted to learn the hype behind this term or maybe you have no idea of what you just stumbled on. Either way this article will cover and scientifically prove a revolutionary secret to high velocity pitching.
The term that I am referring to is called Triple Extension (3X). 3X is defined as the extension of the ankle, knee and hip flexor. It comes from the Olympic Lifting world. In Olympic Lifting it is a key component to building power. This is also true for power pitchers but it is even more than just a power component for pitchers, it will enhance hip to shoulder separation which has been proven to be the component that holds 80% of a pitchers velocity potential. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 10, 2012
The moment of front foot strike in the power pitching delivery is critical, this is when power is converted into torque. The more power a pitcher can generate at front foot strike then the more potential to generate high amounts of torque in the elastic muscles of the body. There has been a lot of controversy around this topic and it is time to set the record straight.
Many conventional coaches would coach a soft landing at front foot strike and many of these coaches would be reducing a pitchers ability to build torque and increase pitching velocity. The science today now proves that high velocity pitchers apply more force into the ground at front foot strike than low velocity pitchers. Let’s look at this science along with some “Big” League high velocity pitchers, so we can learn how to benefit from this cutting edge information.