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James Malloy

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July 7, 2012 – 6:19 am
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Hi Brent

What are the best ways to pitch with accuracy e.g mechanics and mental mind. 

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Well, there are lots of mental mind stuff going around the forum and you can definitely have a look at that. I’d say that keeping the same mechanics would be the best way to pitch with accuracy. If you’re young and you may not have the strength or motor coordination, the way you pitch for an in the middle strike is the ‘right’ mechanic to follow. From that set of mechanics you can shift to either side of the rubber to pitch inside or outside. You can definitely visualize yourself taking the pitch, where you want it to go. Watch it from many different angles. Like from the bleachers, from the dugout, from the fielders, from the batter, and obviously from your eyesight. Watch carefully at what you do, the way you breathe, from the things that you do to make that pitch happen. It could be watching how you’re moving through that pitch. Definitely take the time out to breathe a little. It calms you down and keep you in the present so that you don’t rush things. The main reason why people fail is because they are looking at the worst outcome. You have to mesh all those thoughts together to become a whole new positive outcome. I learnt this thing from ‘I Bought a Zoo’ where all it takes is 20 seconds. Force yourself to man up and be courageous for just 20 seconds. Go ahead and embarrass yourself. But you know that you have did your best.

       

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Accuracy is the product of efficient linear mechanics, autonomous motor coordination and a strong base. If all of the rotation pivots of the pitching delivery are following the linear move towards the target then the pitcher should be locating the pitch from the first move of the delivery. If the motor coordination of these movements is autonomous then the movements should remain consistent. Also if the pitcher has a strong base especially at front foot strike then this will prevent any loss of stability which could cause the pitcher to move out of control. I hope that makes sense!

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Thanks for the answers guys. I just have one more question. Does the throwing arm action that you are comfortable with make a difference in accuracy and speed or is there a particular throwing arm action that is correct to velocity and accuracy. Also does reaching the balance point and then exploding help with accuracy and velocity.

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In a sense, your arm action is based around your mechanics. Having solid, fundamental mechanics will control your arm action. It justs goes with the flow. So focus more on lower body mechanics and your arm action will change towards it. There is no such thing as the ‘balance point’ in pitching. From the get go, you have to start moving forward. I have heard this thing were ‘the faster you go, the less time you have to make a mistake’. So have a solid start and it will just flow.

       

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