revolutionary approach Pitching Articles
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 · January 15, 2013
If you are a coach who has just started reading about 3X Pitching, bought the program, or studied the mechanics guide, your probably thinking wow… this is amazing!!!
But… You might also be thinking….
How the heck do I do it?
How do I implement this with my kids?
5 days a week??
Are you serious?!?
Well at least that’s what I thought when I first learned about the 3X Pitching system. I was amazed by this revolutionary approach, the science that backs it up, and inspired by possibility of truly helping kids that are willing to commit themselves to excellence, dream large, and work their tails off to reach their potential…. at the same time, I was a little overwhelmed. There is a lot of information to take in, learn, and implement. It took some time to understand the drills, mechanics, exercises and learn how to teach them. 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 · 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 · March 21, 2012
TopVelocity.net has been a very controversial source of information within the conventional wisdom of the game when it comes to training the power pitcher. This is because 3X Pitching promotes the use of Olympic Lifting to develop any low velocity pitcher into a dominate high velocity power pitcher. The controversy has been going on for some time now and will continue until the conventional wisdom of the game adapts to the new discoveries of science. This article will plug some of these new and old studies that prove why the use of Olympic Lifting to build the power pitcher is so effective. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 9, 2012
I have received a lot of emails about 3X Pitching. These emails are from parents, coaches and players who are just learning about this revolutionary approach to increase pitching velocity. They either want to know if 3X Pitching is rotational, linear or momentum pitching or why is 3X Pitching the best method compared to all other styles of pitching that fill up the Internet today. My answer is 3X Pitching is a Holistic Approach to Power Pitching.
by Brent Pourciau · June 25, 2011
by Brent Pourciau · June 12, 2011
As a pitcher, do you train for power? The more I coach and train pitchers with 3X Pitching, the more I want to spend most of my time training them in the weight room with pure power lifts.
All of the 6 components of the 3X Pitching mechanics are representative of a ballistic or explosive movement during a specific point in time. If the pitcher tries to implement these components into their deliver as choreography then the final result will be negative. It is critical that you use drills to develop the motor coordination of each component of the power pitching delivery as you move through the entire sequence. This way the final result will always be positive.
This is the revolutionary approach behind 3X Pitching. The problem is most pitchers who start 3X Pitching are searching for a program to help them increase pitching velocity. This means they have mechanical issues and most of these mechanical issues are the negative results of the lack of power production in their deliveries. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 21, 2011
The argument behind extreme long toss is that the pitcher will learn how to take the throwing velocity of a 300 foot flat ground throw and transfer it into a 60 foot pitch off of a mound. This is what I learned from watching an interview with Alan Jaeger, who uses extreme long toss with yoga to develop pitchers.
If you have been following this site then you know that I am totally against this approach to developing the pitcher. Here is a quick summary of why I am against this type of training. The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) proves in their latest case study here that this type of long toss creates elbow varus torque in the arm and uses different mechanics than those used on the mound. In defense, Alan Jaeger says that the athletics of the 300 foot flat ground throw when restricted to 60 feet, through his “Pull Down” phase, forces the pitcher to be more open and explosive. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 18, 2011
Adding 5 MPH to your fastball can be a tough challenge if you do not know what you are doing. You definitely will not accomplish this using conventional wisdom. Old school approaches like extreme long toss, weighted balls or speed chains may get you close but the pitching speed increase will eventually go away or may not even transfer to the mound.
It is important to understand that you want to add 5 MPH to your fastball on the mound, not only on flat ground. Throwing from the mound uses a different kinematic sequence than on flat ground. This must be a main focus of the velocity enhancement program.
When I developed the revolutionary approach to pitching velocity called 3X Pitching, I first analyzed some of the hardest throwers in the game to try and discover their secrets. I wasn’t as interested in their training programs because most of these hard throwers, I felt, had superior genetics. I knew that if I could learn what they were doing mechanically, which was causing them to throw so hard, I could then try to emulate these mechanics through training my body to move like theirs. I believed that this was a good strategy for success. I soon learned that this was true. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 18, 2011
TopVelocity.net is a virtual academy serving the Houston area. TopVelocity.net is owned and operated by Brent Pourciau. Brent Pourciau developed the revolutionary approach to pitching velocity called 3X Pitching. He has also developed some of the top coaching and training programs for all positions and teams.
TopVelocity.net has an online coaching platform for all position players and teams. The coaching platform involves One on One email and phone Coaching, Video Analysis, Instructional Videos, Manuals, Guides, Forums and more…
Highly recommended for Pitchers ages 8 and up, looking to add 5-10MPH to there velocity, is the 3X Pitching velocity program listed below.
All position players and teams ages 14 and up are recommended to use the Houston Baseball Training Program in and out of season. For more info on the manual please checkout the Baseball Training Manual here.
If you are on a USSSA travel team and are looking for a custom coaching and training program for your team then please contact Brent Pourciau. He can custom design a program for your age group. 985-377-9249 Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 11, 2011
3X is an approach to pitching that is very different from what you have been taught in your career. It is the product of many years of research, trial and error, the pure desire to overcome a career ending rotator cuff tear and to throw 90+mph. This approach to pitching isn’t for everyone because it will take an insane work ethic to implement this approach into your pitching delivery. If you do not have the mental toughness or the desire to make a major functional change to how you pitch then I would suggest you not waste your time with this revolutionary approach to pitching velocity. If you are that guy who is looking for an edge, that will help you far exceed your competition and launch you to the next level, then clear your mind and body and open yourself up to 3X Pitching. Best of luck! Read more