This post is intended more for coaches than for players (though the latter could certainly profit from the information shared.)
After posting a reply to a young pitcher via this forum (referent to the danger in throwing a screwball) I read a reply to my post by a person whose knowledge and sincerity I highly respect - specifically Chris O’Leary. I contacted him for further information on the subject and received an immediately reply. His comments and education made me realize that some of my “thought-based” teaching may be in error. So…I began to again look through my extensive personal “library” of books and videos on pitching. While my purpose was to find all I could on throwing the screwball, I began to wonder if my library was complete. In the desire to be sure that it includes all that I might need when instructing, I thought “Hey, why not ask other coaches?” Hence, this posting…
What I’d like to know from other coaches/pitching gurus is as follows:
Whose “teaching” have you found to be THE most valuable to you?
What is the ONE thing that causes you to make that source your #1 reference?
If it is in book form - what is the exact title and approximate cost?
If it is a video - again, what is it’s exact title and cost?
If it is something different, please explain.
Please understand that my intent is NOT - directly or indirectly - to push a certain book or video. I simply am an “old dog” who’se still willing to learn “new tricks” (or feel more comfortable in knowing that I already have what others are using.)
Remember, while many of you no doubt have libraries equal or superior to mine, and most probably have used a variety of its content in your teaching, please limit your choice to what you personally consider the BEST of what you have.
Here’s a general “Thank You” to those of you who reply and a specific thank you to Chris O’leary who, indirectly, caused me to make this request.