Today I threw some pitches with my dad ON FLAT GROUND and… well, I:
Threw a “soft-toss” fastball that rocketed out and hit my dad’s foot and bruised it badly.
Threw a breaking ball (my dad just called breaking ball) and the first one started about letter high and inside to a right hander, and then swept and dropped through my dad’s legs. The ball literal veered left. My dad asked for it again and I thought “higher arm slot.” This time I threw a ball that started at his collar bone, he stood up to catch it, and it dropped straight down and deflected off of his wrist. Think Brett Myers and Clay Bucholtz.
I also had great speed differential on my changeup but couldn’t get it down. It was high and over the middle.
Finally, I experimented with a two-seamer and got good movement, but I could feel my mechs were just different (lower arm slot).
This tells me that I’m throwing from different arm slots (bad) but I have a really diverse arsenal of plus pitches (good). Also, my mechanics are consistently inconsistent and I’m still wild.
What I want to do is tighten up my mechanics and consistency, but keep the good movement on my pitches. Also, I don’t know how I’ll be able to throw the slider and the curve since I used the same grip, just different arm slot. And I throw my four-seamer and two-seamer from different slots, and I don’t know where I throw my changeup.
In general: I’m completely confused. I really don’t know where to go from here. I know that if I can tighten up I can be completely baffling, I just don’t know what to do.
Oh yeah, and how would these results change on a mound?