[quote=“Pheen”]before i changed my motion i would always stride to the first base side of the plate [right handed] causing the ball to ride up and in on the batter [hitting him] and sometimes going BEHIND him
so i would always try and throw away from the batter which would get the ball in the middle
now that ive re-built my motion i throw much more accurate
but i tried to not hit the batter so much its become a habit.
now i throw outside for a ball lots of the time cause im scared of hitting him.
how can i fix this?[/quote]
I had the same problem when I was a kid. My dad fixed it the hard way. He stood in the batters box and had me throw at him. The first few missed badly, in the dirt and mostly outside. when I did manage to come in, it was obviously slower and my motion was unnatural. He scolded me and told me to plunk him. Dirt ball. He warned me that I wouldn’t be pitching when the season started if I didn’t hit him . Dirtball. Finally, he told me I would be grounded for the next week if I didn’t hit him. I plunked him with a 45 MPH “fastball”. He laughed. So I threw harder. When I hit him again, he laughed again. “What’s that weenie throw? Do ya think I’m a weenie, too?” So I reared back and hummed one, hitting him in the buttocks. He stopped laughing, and after rubbing for a few moments, he smiled, rubbing his butt. “THAT’S what you need to be WILLING to do,” he said.
So just find a friend or a dad willing to take your heater off the bean or butt and you’ll be cured!
Seriously, you really have to decide to throw inside and then just do it. There aren’t any drills that will remove your fear of hitting the batter. Its up to you to convince yourself that hitting batters is part of the game, and it happens all the time. It’s the batters responsibility to get out of the way of the pitch. You know all this already, so this won’t help much if at all, but it is true nonetheless.
Good luck, and throw hard.