So when I was a kid I never had an issue with control or speed. We moved around a lot and I missed a year and a half of throwing between 6th and 8th grade year. After that span of time, I’ve always had an issue of control and speed. Throughout high school I wasn’t the greatest pitcher, I liked to do it, but my understanding of everything was pretty limited.
I’ve seemed to start fixing a lot of my issues on my own, and I know that between last fall and now I’ve had at minimum a 5 mph increase in my fastball speed. When I throw bullpens now, I have a lot of velocity and control. I’ve been on a mound twice with hitters in practice, and I don’t know what it is, but my mental approach just is not right. I get too psyched out. I don’t hit my spots, my velocity then suffers, and my curve seems to go into hiding.
Now, I have changed a lot over the past year including my approach on the mound, my mechanics, how I throw my curve and change. My question is how do I fix what I feel like is a vicious cycle of getting too tense on the mound. I worry to much. I had the discussion with one of my catchers who said exactly this and after discussion, I thought it is something I should be actively seeking to reduce. So I need advice on how to:
-Be a relaxed pitcher
-Be an aggressive pitcher
-Be a confident pitcher
-Be a bulldog
Any help would be appreciated. If I could get my control and thought process right, it may be the difference between me staying on JV or making Varsity. It will also affect how far I go with my summer team.