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