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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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I have pinned the thread to the top here for everyone to list helpful pitching tips. The first tip will come from the Foot Drag Line thread.

Drag Line Pitching Tip

The straighter your pitching drag line, the earlier and faster triple extension has occurred in the stride before front foot strike. This along with optimal hip to shoulder separation will support high velocity and precession. Aroldis Chapman has a perfectly straight drag line which is very difficult to do. So to improve your drag line you need to move sooner and faster into triple extension. If your drag line curves right or left this means you are moving slow and your hip rotation is moving slow. If you have a very short drag line then this also means you are moving slow through your stride or even not at all.

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I have 1000's of small tips for pitch counts, grips, mostly metal though, etc…. But when it comes to pitching, the most important thing is, nothing matters except your next pitch. We cant control bad calls, Fielding errors, fans, weather etc… all we can control is our next pitch, make it count!

 

Second most important thing. CONSISTENCY!! Everything must be the same, from our pre game ritual, the walk to the mound and how we stand on the rubber and stare down the hitter.

 

One more before I go….. Stand tall, show no emotion!!! Let the hitter and the other team know, that when your on the mound its your game…your field…and most importantly your plate!!!

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a) Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing!!

 

b) Dont let hitters feel comfortable at the plate. You need to move their feet. Throwing one high and inside is not he same as throwing middle inside. 

 

c) Mix it up your pitches. These might mean, throwing the same pitch 2 or three times in a row.

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Here’s a tip:  Don’t forget to check out the Pitching Articles section on this site.  Brent writes a new one every few days and they’re excellent.  The one that prompted me to put this in the tips is called Pitching Velocity Before Ball Movement.  It amazes me how often I hear about movement from pitchers and fathers (ok, mostly fathers).  When a father tells me his son has a lot of movement it’s a lot like saying your blind date has a great personality.  You know they’re leaving something out. 

As Brent says in the article, nobody recruits movement and the pros don’t sign movement – unless it’s accompanied by velocity.  In fact, my experience is that lots of movement in an amateur pitcher is usually just a flawed delivery that keeps him from throwing hard.  And amateur pitchers usually have no control over their movement, which negates it anyway. 

I think guys who say velocity doesn’t matter are just admitting that they don’t know how to teach it.  They always use Greg Maddux as the poster boy for big movement/low velocity.  Greg Maddux had a major league fastball – low 90’s until late in his career.  And I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m willing to bet he was a power pitcher when he was in high school. 

I sometimes hear people criticize high school pitchers who throw it 90, but it’s “straight as a string”.  I’ll take a whole staff of those guys.  Give me a pitcher who can throw it hard and put it where I tell him to, and I’ll teach him how to simulate movement by moving the ball around the strike zone.  Years ago I read in Golf My Way that Jack Nicklaus learned to hit the ball hard first – then he learned to control it.  That’s the approach I take with pitchers.  It’s a great article – check it out.     

   

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I have a few pitching tips up my sleeves.

Support Friends and support are an important part of baseball. Without them it is pretty much useless playing, especially if your friends are playing on the field with you. Even the catcher is a person you need to completely rely on. They give you what pitches you need to throw and where to throw them. So believe in them, because you can’t strike out every batter, even if you did, if you don’t trust your catcher, they may not be able to make the catch. So don’t bear everything yourself, believe that you’re not the only one taking the damage.

Focused BreathingJust by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, you will be able to reduce stress. While breathing, you practice letting go of all thoughts and you will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve. Focused breathing also helps to bring you back to the present. While you are in difficult situations, you are thinking of what will happen next or what has happened. It helps bring you back to the present because you can only control yourself in the present, what is happening now.

These are two tips i'll post for now Smile 

       

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1) The most important pitch, is strike one! When you start ahead in the count, the batters average drops significantly.

 

2) Must have a good off speed pitch. Make them respect your off speed, so they dont sit and wait for fastballs.

 

3) Maintain a quick tempo. We dont want the defense waiting around. You should be ready to throw when the batter steps in.

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I have a ten-step Pitching Plan that we use on the teams I coach.  My guys can repeat all ten of them back to me.  Then we spend some of our time together during the year exploring the importance of each one.

  1. Work fast
  2. Throw strikes
  3. Keep the ball down
  4. Get ahead in the count
  5. Change speeds
  6. Be Fearless In The Zone – (My number 6 used to be Dominate the Outer Half – but that's obsolete strategy.  FITZ is a specific strategy for attacking the strike zone based on the effective velocity of pitches in different locations.)
  7. Attack with two strikes
  8. Never give in to the count
  9. Never show negative emotion on the mound
  10. Be a Finisher. 

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Coach Robo:  Does #6 refer to the same effective velocity ideas that Perry Husband has been promoting?  Would you mind elaborating on some of the specific FITZ strategies that you use?  Thanks,  John

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