Agree - disagree - amend


#1

The following is a partial list of pitching mechanics “beliefs” I recently came across. Since I’m curious if “science/new technology” has altered/eliminated any or if each remains a truism, coaches “feedback” would be appreciated on any one of them. If you don’t offer a comment on a specific number, I’m presuming you’re in agreement. If in disagreement, I expect you’ll make comment. When offering your opinion please refer to the “belief” by number.

  1. You add power by slowing down rather than speeding up your motion.
  2. you pitch with your lower body more as much as/or more than with
    your lower body.
  3. Speed is the least important element of a good fastball, but the most
    important of a change-up.
  4. The less you throw the breaking ball, the more effective it can be.
  5. The less you try to make a breaking ball move, the more it will.
  6. One of the best ways to care for your arm is to throw.
  7. Throwing hard requires a firm grip and a relaxed wrist.
  8. The simpler your mechanics, the fewer things there are to go wqrong.
  9. Don’t kick your leg, lift your knee.
  10. Don’t push off the rubber. Power comes from rotating your hips and
    flexing your torso.
  11. Throwing hard comes from well-developed thigh muscles and buttocks.
  12. You have to have a strong lower half to throw hard.
  13. Lift and rotate, don’t kick and swing.
  14. A locked knee will force you to stand up and will cause injury to your
    arm.
  15. Overstriding will cause rushing the arm/ball to the plate and result in
    pitches that will be wild high.
  16. Understriding will cause your pitches to be wild low.
  17. Landing on your heel can cause you to open your hips too soon and
    lose power.
  18. The farther back toward 2B that you reach, keeping your weight
    centered, the more hand-speed you will generate.
  19. Wherever your head goes, the body follows. The head should go
    directly at the plate.
  20. Leg swining causes rushing in the lower body.
  21. Too much hip rotation will cause you to fall off the mound after the
    pitch.
  22. Staying tall in the delivery results in power coming from the hips.
  23. A tiring pitcher will often push harder with the back leg.
  24. Shoulders should remain horizontal to the mound through the delivery.
  25. The elbow must be as high as the shoulder when it comes by the
    pitcher’s head.

#2

SORRY FOR THE SHOUTING, BUT THIS IS THE SIMPLEST WAY FOR ME TO DO THIS. CKO

  1. You add power by slowing down rather than speeding up your motion.

NOT SURE WHAT THIS MEANS.

  1. you pitch with your lower body more as much as/or more than with
    your lower body.

AGREE.

  1. One of the best ways to care for your arm is to throw.

AGREE.

  1. Throwing hard requires a firm grip and a relaxed wrist.

DISAGREE. BOTH THE GRIP AND THE WRIST MUST BE LOOSE.

  1. The simpler your mechanics, the fewer things there are to go wqrong.

AGREE.

  1. Don’t kick your leg, lift your knee.

AGREE.

  1. Don’t push off the rubber. Power comes from rotating your hips and
    flexing your torso.

DISAGREE. PUSHING OFF THE RUBBER, IF TIMED PROPERLY, CAN HELP THE HIPS ROTATE.

  1. Throwing hard comes from well-developed thigh muscles and buttocks.

AGREE.

  1. You have to have a strong lower half to throw hard.

AGREE.

  1. Lift and rotate, don’t kick and swing.

KIND OF AGREE. HOWEVER, MANY SUCCESSFUL PROS DO KICK OUT THEIR LEGS.

  1. A locked knee will force you to stand up and will cause injury to your
    arm.

AGREE.

  1. Overstriding will cause rushing the arm/ball to the plate and result in
    pitches that will be wild high.

KIND OF AGREE. OVERSTRIDING CAN LIMIT HOW MUCH THE HIPS CAN ROTATE.

  1. Understriding will cause your pitches to be wild low.

KIND OF AGREE. THIS IS TRUE IF YOU STRIDE SHORTER THAN YOU NORMALLY DO. THERE IS NOTHING NECESSARILY WRONG WITH UNDERSTRIDING IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT IN YOUR STRIDE LENGTH.

  1. Landing on your heel can cause you to open your hips too soon and
    lose power.

DISAGREE. I THINK THIS IS MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE JARRING AND CONTROL PROBLEMS.

  1. The farther back toward 2B that you reach, keeping your weight
    centered, the more hand-speed you will generate.

AGREE.

  1. Wherever your head goes, the body follows. The head should go
    directly at the plate.

AGREE.

  1. Leg swinging causes rushing in the lower body.

DISAGREE.

  1. Too much hip rotation will cause you to fall off the mound after the
    pitch.

DISAGREE.

  1. Staying tall in the delivery results in power coming from the hips.

AGREE. IT ALSO RAISES THE RELEASE POINT.

  1. A tiring pitcher will often push harder with the back leg.

KIND OF DISAGREE.

  1. Shoulders should remain horizontal to the mound through the delivery.

DISAGREE. YOU CAN RAISE THE RELEASE POINT BY TILTING THE SHOULDERS.

  1. The elbow must be as high as the shoulder when it comes by the
    pitcher’s head.

AGREE.


#3
  1. I didn’t understand it well. Is it you add velocity? If it is velocity than I disagree.

  2. AGREE

  3. I think control is the most important thing of both pitches.

  4. AGREE, because hitters may get “used to” your breaking ball.

  5. Not sure

  6. AGREE, but throw with a limit of course never overthrowing.

  7. DISAGREE, I think both should be relaxed. Like coach Ellis said, handle it like you were handling an egg.

  8. AGREE

  9. AGREE

  10. I hink pushing off the rubber gives you something extra. DISAGREE

  11. AGREE

  12. AGREE

  13. AGREE

  14. Not sure

  15. AGREE

  16. Not sure

  17. AGREE, but like Chris posted, I think Control is what suffers more.

  18. Not sure

  19. AGREE

  20. Not sure

  21. AGREE, I think too much hip rotation will make your momentum carry you out of the mound.

  22. AGREE

  23. Not sure

  24. AGREE

  25. AGREE. Having the elbow under or over it may cause serious injuries to your elbow.

I’m not a coach, just a pitcher, so I might not be correct on some things.