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July 20, 2011 – 2:13 pm
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Hi everyone. My name is John and I live in western North Carolina. I coach the Carolina Crushers U12 USSSA Traveling baseball team. I joined to get help with my sons pitching. My oldest son, Colten, is 11. In my opinion, his delivery is hindering his velocity (45-47 mph avg). Any help from another set of eyes would be helpful.

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July 20, 2011 – 6:36 pm
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John, thanks for joining. Can you try posting your sons link to his video in the Mechanics and Analysis section again? If you are having issues then email me the link and I will do it. The way the forum works is all you need to do is post the link to the video on youtube and it will display the entire video.

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Brent have you tried the Pitchers Power Drive? I've seen it on websites and youtube. Is it a good investment or should I make my own version.

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I like the concept but it doesn't coach triple extension. It could easily cause the back leg to collapse instead of load and drive. The 3X Pitching Velocity program has better drills to coach this concept. Check out my latest article on this concept which is a big part of my program. Pitcher's Power Drive Position

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Crushers,

     I bought a Pitcher's Power Drive a couple of years ago and used it with a few pitchers before deciding I didn't like it.  In my opinion, it teaches a pitcher to start moving forward too late in his delivery.  It works best when the pitcher waits to move forward until he reaches maximum leg lift.  I believe a pitcher should start moving forward as soon as he picks his leg up.  I experimented with using the Power Drive with a block under the back side to set it on a permanent incline and that was useful in some cases.  But, I thought the device taught too much of an up-down-out-balance point-style delivery when the pitcher waited to click it forward until after he reached max leg lift (the videos promoting the Power Drive show pitchers lifting their leg straight up without moving forward, then triggering the device forward after maximum lift).  Brent's article that he mentions above is very good on the subject.  Bottom line:  I've used the device and don't recommend it.   

Proud father of a U.S. Marine (HOME from Afghanistan)

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Coach, I really appreciate your review on the product. I will direct others to your review who have questions about this training aid.

I believe that a better approach to pitching velocity is to develop a good understanding of explosive pitching mechanics while using a throwing and training program to help you implement these mechanics. If a training aid is apart of this approach then I support it but if the training aid is in place of a throwing and training program then you are wasting your time.

Here is an introductory video on 3X mechanics which will help you to get started learning explosive pitching mechanics.

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It's a pleasure to join the forum, Brent.  I was just watching your analysis of John's son, Colten.  For those of you who are reading some of these topics, you seriously need to watch as many of Brent's analyses as possible.  They are extremely educational.  Brent does the best job I've ever seen of analysing lower half pitching mechanics and the effect they have on arm speed and ball velocity.  It's one thing to say that long explosive strides equal velocity, but Brent's explanation of how triple extension affects the hips and the separation between hips and shoulders really explains it in a way that can help pitchers implement high velocity mechanics.  This forum is a treasure of information.  I just recently purchased the 3X program and joined the forum, and I've already gained fresh insights on things I've been teaching for years.   

Proud father of a U.S. Marine (HOME from Afghanistan)

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Coach, Glad to have you. Would love to continue to see you participating in the forums. If you don't mind I would like to use your testimonial here on the home page. Look forward to your next post. Don't forget you can also post comments on all my articles if you want to share your insights.

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