There are hundreds of tips to increase pitching velocity on the web titled something similar to this article, but most of them are worthless because they focus mainly on upper body mechanics as the means to increase pitching velocity. Any hard thrower will tell you, there is a lot more to pitching velocity than just your arm. If you want to see significant gains in pitching velocity then read all of these key Tips on how to Increase Pitching Velocity and the articles linked to it. The only way you are going to see improvements is if you develop a good understanding of how pitching velocity is generated in hard-throwing pitchers.
Remember you are bound by nothing. You have the ability to throw 90+ mph. Doctors told me I would not be able to and I proved them wrong. These tips will help you do the same.
Tips To Increase Pitching Velocity
This should always be your first step when working to increase pitching velocity because there is no risk involved. This creates an illusion of velocity. By changing the speed of your pitches will throw the hitter's timing off and can make a 70 mph fastball look like a 90 mph fastball. Pitchers like Trevor Hoffman have made long major league careers off of this one tip. He is a master of the fastball change-up combination. Use this tip for immediate effect while you work on the other velocity tips.
Pitch from the ground up.
We all make the mistake at a very young age, that throwing a baseball-only takes the arm to perform the task. Then as we grow bigger and move up levels in the game, we find ourselves continuing to only use our shoulders and arms to throw the ball. This is a major problem. This is why we still have an incredible amount of shoulder injuries in the game. You must change your perspective. You must teach your body to recruit bigger muscle groups when you demand more velocity from your delivery. This begins in learning to pitch from the ground up. Velocity comes from forces added to the ball. These forces come from momentum in your lift leg and your push off the ground. You then must learn to transfer these forces into the ball. This can be learned through the Ace Pitcher 6 Components of Pitching. View the Handbook with these components at the bottom.
This video talks more about the throwing mistakes we make at a young age.
Loading your weight back until launch.
Timing and efficiency of weight transfer, during delivery, are the essence of velocity. This is where velocity lives. Most young pitchers do not load at all. Once they lift their leg they fall toward the target. This causes poor velocity and arm injury. Read my article "Lift for Show, Load for Doe" to understand "The Load" position.
Building Core Torque.
The most important component to increase pitching velocity is building the majority of torque in the core. The core is the area from just above the knees to just below the chest. This area contains the strongest muscles in your body. So it makes sense that you should use this part of the body to generate velocity. If the core is not mainly used to build torque, then the shoulder and elbow will be forced to hold the torque needed to generate velocity. To learn more about "Separation" or the importance of building core torque, read the article "Pitching Torque and the 3 pivots" and also watch this video.
Create more Elastic Energy.
Once you have built core torque and your weight is still back, rotate and thrust your chest forward while your arm externally rotates behind your head. This stretching of the stomach and shoulder is creating elastic energy in your body. The more relaxed you are, the more elastic energy can be created. To learn more about this read the article, "Pitch Velocity = Elastic energy."
What is the benefit of creating momentum when you can not control or transfer the momentum to the ball? The problem with coaching someone on how to generate more momentum when pitching is that they have no idea how to control it and they get worse before they get better. This is why proper momentum transfer is essential for good velocity. If you leave any momentum in your body, then you have left some velocity behind. The Ace Pitcher component of "Stabilization" describes how this momentum transfer must occur.
Early elbow extension and Internal Rotation.
Most throwers believe that if they pull their arms down at release then this will generate more velocity. The opposite is true. High-velocity pitchers release the ball earlier than low-velocity pitchers after external rotation of the throwing arm. Which happens after momentum transfer when their chest is out over their toes and their arms are externally rotated. This means after your body has done its job you must release the ball as quickly as possible by allowing your elbow to extend up and away from your head. You must also begin internally rotating your arm, as soon as your elbow extends, so you can release the pitch with your thumb pronated down. This will protect your arm during the deceleration phase. Read the article "Pulling down is slowing down" to learn more.
Refuel your ATP.
ATP is the main source of energy for all muscle contraction. There are several chemical reactions that take place to produce ATP. When a muscle is used, a chemical reaction breaks down ATP to produce energy. There is only enough ATP stored in the muscle cell for two or three slow twitch contractions or one burst of power from a fast twitch contraction. More ATP must be created.
To understand the rest between throwing a pitch, first, you must understand what happens during the delivery of the pitch. Initially, your muscles use ATP to power the contractions but the levels of ATP available are limited. The cells have a very limited ability to replenish ATP during the activity before having to switch to other methods to fuel the activity.
Fortunately, your body can replenish ATP when you are resting. About 50% or half of the depleted ATP is replaced after one minute of total rest. Almost all of the ATP that the body can replenish (just over 95%) is restored after about three minutes of rest. I know pitchers can not wait that long between pitches, but the longer you can wait, the better opportunity to increase pitching velocity.
Fast Twitch Muscle Fiber.
A proper strength and conditioning regime like the Ace Pitcher Handbook is based on developing fast twitch muscle fibers. This is important to increase pitching velocity because when adding a little more velocity to a pitch, you must recruit more muscle fiber within your muscular system to make this happen. We have already talked about where that muscle fiber should come from, now you need to learn how to develop more muscle fiber in the correct places of your system. Spending most of your time in the weight room sitting on cushioned machines, isn't the answer. Start with the "Beginner Pitching Workout" and then you can move to the "Fusion System" in the Ace Pitcher Handbook at the bottom.
Speed your recovery.
By speeding your recovery time between starts or appearances you are making sure you never enter a game at less than 100% recovery. If your system is completely rebuilt and replenished, this is a better chance you will have the ability to increase pitching velocity. This is why it is important to keep a strict routine of a good strength training and conditioning program, along with a balanced alkaline-based diet. You need to learn about alkaline-based foods. These are green vegetables and more, which help restore the PH levels in your system. When your system becomes very acidic, you do not see recovery as quickly. Diet is extremely important to recovery. Read this article on "Pitching Nutrition and Supplements" and start eating more alkaline foods from this chart.
Bonus tip: Lay off your arm.
Stop wearing your arm out. It takes enough abuse on the mound. You need to make sure your strength training program isolates the core and legs more than the shoulders and arms. If your arm is constantly sore and tired, it is because you use it too much. Try changing habits, like brushing your teeth with your non-pitching arm, and do not arm wrestle your roommates with your pitching arm. Take care of yourself and it will take care of you.
I understand each one of these pitching velocity tips did not go into much detail. The purpose of this article was to give you some guidance for developing efficient and effective velocity, without sacrificing the body in return. If you would like more detail on any one of these tips, then check out the program below.
Tips and Articles on Pitching in Baseball
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The Phenomenon of Speed Mechanics!
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The Secrets behind throwing hard!
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hey! thanks a lot! I learned so much from this article! and everything actually makes sense! I play shortstop for my highschool baseball team and just started pitchung this season…I looked for tips online and im glad i found this site…
its true…i really throw with just my arm and im going to practice getting momentum using all 3 pivots!! thank you very much!!
your 10 step thing. put me off the charts this year in my travel league baseball team. i am ganna be a sophmore now play at the high school varsity level. when i saw your website i said this is another stupid website about how to pitch an it wasn't. it teaches how an it taught me a couple other things i didn't know on how to get my velocity up. i went from throwing 68 65 mph to now throwing 84 to 86 mph. it was a really big jump for me an i want to say thank you for that. Whats kool is im 14 years old only im 5'11 148 pounds. not a lot of kids can throw that hard at my age. it also made my 12-6curve an 2 seam brake more an become more nastier of a pitch i went from 20 strikeouts last year to of the charts of 132 strikouts thanks.
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Check out this link…. still think this guy legitimately knows what he is talking about.
Good question! I have a question for you though. Why would the Coach who won the league championship the year before with Ricky Henderson on the team not only draft me in the first round of the Golden League draft but put me in the top four most used pitchers on the team that season with the stats that you have seen? Also he currently is the Coach of the Padres AA team http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/news/press_release… .
If you want the answer just take a look at the other pitchers on the staff that year. I am rated number four. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/pitching/2006/106…. .
I am not claiming to be a great pitcher. What I am claiming to know is Velocity. I had total reconstructive surgery of my rotator cuff and was told I would never play again at 18 years old. Not only did I play again but I played professionally and topped out at 94mph in San Diego. That is why people should listen not because of my stats.
I hope you are not an Alan Jaeger fan because he never even played pro ball and he is a well known pitching coach.
i'm just the dad of a little league pitcher who tried several methods to teach my son. i tried the Dick Mills methods early on and my son had no more arm pain and he gained some serious velocity, but his accuracy was not there. after watching Brent Pourciau's triple extension video i taught my son Brent's method. i made several videos on youtube during the teaching but i think it's interesting that Brent's method of triple extension is so easy that my 10 yr old made a huge change in no time. no arm pain and much better accuracy. check out the video here:
here is the before (mills method) video:
thank you so much Brent. we look forward to getting lessons from you personally.
Hey Brent quick question bout hip/ shoulder separation ….do u also rotate the hips when u triple extend or does triple extentention already do it for you… And how do u keep the back shoulder back longer cuz scape load makes my arm slower it seems like maybe I'm doing it wrong …any help
Yes, Triple Extension will rotate your hips for you. The goal is to Triple Extend your drive leg until your back hip is completely open to the target. The key to building optimal separation is based on the speed of Triple Extension (Example: Tim Lincecum). You can learn more about this approach to velocity in the Ace Pitcher Handbook and the 3X Velocity Camp.
Shoulder I scap load?
You should close your shoulders while you Triple Extend your drive leg.
thanks brent your the man!
I dont get the early release thing how could you control that too?
What do you mean?
I mean how could u locate your pitch if u released it so early
If you are talking about number 7. Early elbow extension and Internal Rotation. This doesn't mean high velocity pitchers release the ball earlier in their delivery than low velocity pitchers. It means high velocity pitchers release the ball earlier after external rotation than low velocity pitchers. Thanks for pointing this out. I will try to make it more clear in the article.
thanks brent appreciate it!
hey coach i was wondering some tips on how to lead with the hip and let urself fall at balence point i see to be off balence wwhen i do it?
It is all about momentum and triple extension. Do not look at it as a fall. It is more like a long jump. Have you read this article?
ok thanks coach and one more question im a tall guy and it seems to me i get more drive with less bend in the knee is that ok not to squat on that back leg?
This is because you have poor leg strength. Send me your video and I will do an analysis to make sure you are having this issue.