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Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Landing with a stiff front leg is most common in youth and high school pitchers It is caused by: Driving off the rubber too early, poor balance and improper weight transfer Swinging or kicking the stride leg out Landing on the heel with the foot pointed open versus closed It can have these effects on […]

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Why Your Curve Ball Might Not Be Working

Why Your Curve Ball Might Not Be Working

A common problem many youth pitchers have when throwing their breaking pitches is undercutting them. This is most common in youth, high school, and even some college pitchers. Undercutting the breaking pitches can be caused a few ways. During acceleration and release phase the fingers get too much on the side or under the ball. […]

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Drill To Increase Back Leg Drive

Drill To Increase Back Leg Drive

Procedure: Use a rubber resistance band approx.. 8 feet in length with a loop at one end so the pitcher can place the loop slightly above the pivot leg knee. Place the pitcher in a proper cocked position, ball in hand. The pitcher should throw, focusing on violently driving the back knee forward and inward. […]

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Slow Motion Pitching Drill

Slow Motion Pitching Drill

This drill is meant to teacher a pitcher the cocking, rotational, and release phases of the pitching motion. Procedure: Start the pitcher in a good cocked position, ball in hand. In slow motion the pitcher performs; 1) the pivot foot roll over and lead arm action squaring the trunk to the plate, 2) externally rotates […]

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Should I Throw A Slider Or Curveball?

Should I Throw A Slider Or Curveball?

Many pitchers at some point in their career ask the question, “Should I learn to throw a slider or a curveball?” Each pitch has its pros and cons. Here are a few reasons on why you should reconsider learning the slider over the curveball. If thrown improperly, it may cause more stress and increase chance […]

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How To Grip A Change Up

How To Grip A Change Up

Every pitcher should be able to throw a good change up. It is one of the easier pitches to learn, but difficult to master. A good change up will help your other pitches be even more effective. To grip the change up the ball is gripped deep in the hand, balanced and held loosely. The […]

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Common Mistakes When Throwing A Split Finger Fastball

Common Mistakes When Throwing A Split Finger Fastball

The split finger fastball can be a very effective pitch if thrown correctly. However, there are a few common mistakes that pitchers make when throwing the splitter. Learning to control the pitch and keeping it low in the strike zone. Hiding the grip from batters and coaches. Some pitchers start each preliminary motion with a […]

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When To Pitch Inside And Outside

When To Pitch Inside And Outside

There are certain times when you should pitch inside, and when you should go for the outside corner. When ahead in the count, pitch inside since the batter needs to protect the plate and probably will wait longer with an inside-out swing. When behind in the count, pitch on the outside 1/3 of the plate. […]

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How To Improve Your Pitching Control

How To Improve Your Pitching Control

Being able to control your pitches begins with your mindset. Try these four tips to improve your accuracy next time you pitch. Verbalize the pitch to an exact location Before your pitch, say to yourself where you are going to throw your next pitch. “I will throw my fastball on the outside corner at the […]

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How To Deal With Tight-Zone Umpires

How To Deal With Tight-Zone Umpires

I was at a game yesterday where the umpire, admittedly, had a relatively small strike zone. This happens sometimes in baseball, and as a pitcher, it is important to learn how to adapt to the umpire’s zone, not try to fight it. In one instance today, a pitcher was having a tough time hitting the […]

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