How can I throw strikes?


#1

I’m new at to pitching and I have been working on my mechanics and throwing pitches on my own and sometimes with a pitching instructor. For some reason, there’s always been something wrong with my mechanics and I can’t seem to throw a strike or control where my pitches go. Anytime I release the ball, it’s wild and goes all over the place and not even close to the strike zone. I often look at videos of MLB pitchers and observe their mechanics, but I can’t copy them. I’m kind of frustrated and would appreciate if anyone would give me some advice!


#2

How old are you and how long have you been practicing pitching? The MLB pitchers you’re looking at have been practicing a long time and not only have good mechanics but they also have repeatable mechanics. Developing a repeatable delivery takes lots of repetitions.


#3

I’m 15 and I’ve been practicing pitching since December.


#4

I generally have bad control when i don’t look at the plate, or have a and front leg/glove side. Make sure you tuck your glove side in, and have a firm front leg on FFS. A common thing that causes a loss in control is over rotating, by bringing your knee too far back (your back leg is probably a good limit)
Another helpful thing can be the “aim small miss small” philosophy. You’re more likely to have a closer miss when you aim at a small target than a bigger one. Another helpful thing is envision yourself throwing strikes. A study was done with someone throwing darts where they had him try once, and then for a month told him to envision himself hitting the board with darts for 5 mins a day. A month later, they tested him again, and he had a 32% (I think that’s the right number) increase in accuracy.

About your mechanics… I’ve been in the same spot as you. I watched pro players pitching many many many times and it appears I have subconsciously changed my mechanics to theirs, as there has been a drastic change… Without me ever noticing. This is also a phycological effect.


#5

If you’ve just started pitching last month for the first time ever in your life, it’s going to take time to develop a consistency in your mechanics that will enable you to throw strikes. Your goal every time you throw a bullpen/game should be 65%-68% strikes. Good luck and keep working hard.


#6

Try your hardest to keep an even arm slot and point of release. Also just try and throw half speed to try and locate. I share your problem when I put all my gas on my fastball. Just work on keeping a consistent release point and consistent mechanics.
Raise your arm slot unless you are a submariner or already pitch too high.


#7

Read this post a made- Pitching Accuracy and Muscle Memory