Added speed


#1

I was throwing with a mate of mine and when we started pitching (he’s also a pitcher) he told me to “squash and point” mean with the high leg lift and over the top action that i have, squash my leg into my chest and when releasing point where u want it to go.
I tried this on the mound and to my suprise i gained 3-4 mph on my fastball, now throwing about 84-86 and a 12-6 break on my curve (instead of the sluve that i usually have). I realise it has something to do with momentum towards the plate, but why such a big difference?


#2

Can’t be certain without seeing your old and new mechanics. But my guess is the verbal cues your friend gave you caused you to do something that improved your mechanics and/or your timing. As a guess, maybe tucking your knee to your chest caused you to keep you leg in the air longer resulting in a longer stride and more momentum while staying closed a bit longer.