You don’t need to have anything for your body to work on your mechanics. If you are cooped inside and you want to work on it, why not just use your body? I know that I do this all the time! If I have time, on a friday night, a saturday night, anytime I don’t have something to do and I am free, I will be somewhere practicing. That doesn’t mean I always have everything I need.
So everyone is right, there is no excuse to go dry and not do baseball oriented things, but don’t get too caught up in having socks, a glove, anything. The two most important things are right in front of you. Your body and your mind.[/quote]
Heard this from a very good source in the throwing community years ago pertaining to dry runs or simply going through the motion with out the ball.
They did studies on mimes that showed even if you could replicate an action, like drinking water. You can see the glass, you can see him drinking it, though there was no glass or water… the electrodes showed minimal to no activity from the action. Put the glass in his hand and take a drink, everything went as far as information.
There will be little to no carry over from dry runs. You can fool the brain oh so much. This made sense to me after I heard this, I would have lessons and ball players go home and do 200 dry runs whether on arm action or posture or delivery, and these guys would work dilligently only to return to me with the same problem when a ball was in there hand. Now do that same thing with a ball in your hand and the body will understand. Hitting is not a dry run if you are swinging a bat.
The beauty of doing it with the sock and in front of a mirror is you are truly in an information getting arena. Also, taking the end result out of it, you will find that adjustments come quicker.
Dry runs do have a purpose though, they strengthen the brain I think, and they also put money in the bank as far as work ethic goes. No one should outwork you. And if you spend a commercial break dry running a scenerio like the last pitch of a national championship, you are doing mor than the one sitting on the couch wishing he had a pocket fisherman.