[color=blue]I really like the drill outlined in your post and will be using this. I wonder if there is a way to address “drift”? There are days he has trouble throwing a ball straight. It will run into a right hander, then the next pitch run away. Same grip etc. I don’t know if it is wrist angle or what.
Any tips in terms of using this drill to assist with a guy who is wild in and out?[/color]
I’m going to answer your question from the perspective of dealing with mature pitchers in an adult setting – not youth baseball. So, as far as drills are concerned, I’m more accustomed to working with a pitcher’s delivery that actual practice. However, from my experiences dealing with LH pitchers, they are a special kind of athlete and have somewhat common tweaks that seem s to work themselves out.
Here, below, is the most common reason for lefties missing their marks (locations). Now I’m sure others will chime in and offer additional suggestions and guidelines – and that’s a good thing. But again, this has been my experience with lefties and how I corrected 100% of their location issues.
First off, consider the pitching mound’s surface. Take special note of the condition of the mound. Most pitchers are RH pitchers and as such “wear-n-tear” the surface of an amateur pitcher’s mound A LOT DIFFERENTLY than a LH pitcher would. Therefore, the surface can pass on – upstairs, a host of balance and reflex responses that can be unsettling and offer a major distraction while going through delivery routine. Also take special note of how your son does at home – his choreography in this backyard on a homemade pitcher’s mound as compared to that on the fields where he competes. RH pitchers usually make a hole in front of the rubber that dips down towards the third baseline. Therefore, if a LH pitcher steps in the same location his pivot heel is in a hole and his pivot foot’s toe is pointing skyward – bad starting form for your son. In fact, if you were to play a game of catch with your son and make a hole like this for his left foot to step in and throw from, I doubt is his accuracy would be acceptable to either of you.
On the other hand, the most common problem that I’ve seen with lefties is the stride toe starting and finishing the stride, pointing towards the first baseline. When landing, the bottom part of the body is kind-a off center to a straight line to the catcher. Thus, binding the upper body’s torque while going through its delivery and release phases. In other words, the lower part of the body is going haphazardly in one direction, the upper part of the body is trying to follow suit – forcing the head up and not focused on the target, the release is very high and being robbed of accuracy and velocity, and sometimes the shoulders can collapse inward with the pitching arm and the glove arm both meeting like they’re trying to pick up a bucket of water.
Now again, this has been my experience with mature adults – not youngsters. I hope this helps some. As far as drills are concerned, that location drill –sort a speak, is a location exercise to keep pitchers in tune during their day’s rest – among other routines.