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Yes, intent is a very important component. But you can have all the intent in the world and still not achieve anything close to maximum throwing efficiency and effectiveness.
It's my opinion that Bauer has great intent but doesn't throw with the best efficiency which then affects his effectiveness.
I take great pride that the concept that first developed almost 15 years ago with respect to how the body swings and throws have changed very little. To me that says I had it right from the very beginning i.e. an understanding of what it takes to optimally swing and throw. As opposed to what I would call the pitching instruction reinvention syndrome where every to three years the pitching guru needs to make a new discovery in our to continue to be relevant i.e. sell product and services.
From my perspective developing throwing swing effect of this boils down to three fundamental areas:
Mechanics and when I say mechanics I'm talking about classical mechanics i.e. the physics aspect of throwing in swinging.
Biomechanics which from my perspective is how the body satisfies the physics requirements of optimally throwing and swinging.
Kinesiology/motor learning and control i.e. how the body acquires and affects movement skills.
From a mechanics perspective and to a large degree I feel very comfortable with what I have learned over these almost 20 years regarding the physics and biomechanics of throwing in swinging. When you see players such as Bukauskas whom body all of the key physics and biomechanics elements that I've talked about for years what else am I supposed to "uncover"??
Because from my perspective based on my own attempts to swing and throw as well as working with many players the physics and biomechanics mean little or nothing. What really matters is finding a way to get the player to move their body in such a fashion as to satisfy the mechanics and biomechanics that are typical of all high level pitchers. So why should I waste my time trying to find something "new" that would have little or no value to developing a player's throwing in swing capabilities.
Anyone who is familiar with SETPRO and Wolforth knows that up until the time that I did my first seminar for Wolforth he nothing more than a Tom House spokesman. Six weeks after I did my first seminar he came out with the Athletic Pitcher Program which was largely based upon the information I presented at the seminar. The athletic pitcher program is based almost entirely upon developing intent to throw the baseball. And as I said previously you can have all of the intent in the world but still be mechanically inefficient.
So from my perspective and what I spent the last 10 years trying to do (new stuff) is to understand how the body acquires and develops movement skills.
One thing I've learned regarding the acquisition of movement skills is that any attempted talk about individual muscles and what they're doing is exercising foolishness in futility. Why? Because there are an infinite number of ways that the body can achieve a specific movement pattern. And even for the most well practiced movement pattern it never occurs the same way twice with respect to how the body uses its neuromuscular system.
So whenever summary starts talking about muscles and their role in throwing a baseball I cringe. Because it has very little if any value with respect to teaching players how to optimally throw the baseball, my opinion. Why? Because how do they actually exert conscious control over those muscles during a ballistic activity such as throwing a baseball 90+ miles per hour?
And if you think they're so important then how does one explain the following?
The explanation is simple (for me anyways) the body is incredible machine that has an affair number ways of solving a movement goal. In other words there is an infinite number ways to use one's muscles to achieve a movement task.
Your attempting to describe what's happening with muscle groups during the pitching process is starting to sound a lot like Mike Marshall and Yardbird, again my opinion.
And then attempting to support your belief system with your peer-reviewed studies starts to sound like Brent Porciau and his attempt to support his propaganda by pulling any and every study can find.
When it comes to how the body awfully throws the baseball these studies are nothing more than very small pieces of a very large puzzle. And trying to assemble this puzzle requires expertise in many disciplines including physics, mechanics, physiology, motor learning, kinesiology to name a few.
And based upon my experience with the medical community I would say the least beneficial expertise with respect to how the body optimally throws his understanding human anatomy i.e. the medical profession.
I also challenge you or anyone else to tell me exactly what of value was contained in what I call your 25 min. diatribe? And what I mean a value is what could be applied by the average person here? To me it was nothing more than an attempt to show how much you know what in the process showing how little you do know. And if that sounds harsh that must be taken contacts with your attempts to question SETPRO concepts such as equal and opposite, inverted W and the like. I've been at this too long and have many people who have had great success with the SETPRO concepts allow someone such as yourself a free ride when and if you want to challenge my knowledge of how to awfully throw a baseball.
I'll end "my diatribe" with a little plug from someone else. That someone else is Derek Johnson who for many years guided van about University and many of their pitches to the Major Leagues. Derek is now Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs and this is what he had to say when asked Johnson who he felt most influenced his ideas and philosophies as a pitching coach.