My Fastball Velocity

I purchased the Tuff Cuff workout book last Christmas. I put it into effect this August going to the gym five times a week working on each body part 2 times a week. I’m a 16 year old Junior in HS and when I was a sophomore my fastball was an embarrassing 69mph on flat ground and I wanted to improve that. So I have been at the gym religiously, using the TuffCuff book, to bring that up. Today I aired out and got a radar on my fastball. I couldn’t even beat 69.9 on flat ground. This is insane, I’ve been working so hard and my fastball hasn’t even gone up by 1mph? What is going on? I have gotten stronger, I know I have. Why is this not transferring to my fastball velocity? 69.9mph and low 70’s on the mound is not what a Junior in HS should be throwing. Any recruiter would laugh in my face. What can I do?

I now have three videos you can watch. For some reason it is vertical. Sorry.

One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Fly_7efQs
Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mzRlSlKWmE
Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8RKLDOkrc

First of all, stop worrying about recruiters, (college coaches). Focus solely on improving your game. You should post video of your work in the pitching mechanics section and we will help you out.

Ok I will try to post a video next Thursday which is when I go back for my next lesson.

First, lets get a look at your mechanics please.
Getting strong is a good thing and it should help you increase velocity…IF you apply your new found strength in an efficient way.
As a Jr. in HS you are right, your velocity is low. Nothing is a magic pill and you don’t live in a vacuum where doing “one thing” will be “the answer” but it is reasonable that if you applied Tuff Cuff as a program you “should” have gained some velocity. With you throwing that slow, I’d say almost beyond a doubt that you are not delivering the ball in a fundamentally sound way.
Post that video and lets see if we can’t help you to get closer to your goals.

[quote=“jdfromfla”]First, lets get a look at your mechanics please.
Getting strong is a good thing and it should help you increase velocity…IF you apply your new found strength in an efficient way.
As a Jr. in HS you are right, your velocity is low. Nothing is a magic pill and you don’t live in a vacuum where doing “one thing” will be “the answer” but it is reasonable that if you applied Tuff Cuff as a program you “should” have gained some velocity. With you throwing that slow, I’d say almost beyond a doubt that you are not delivering the ball in a fundamentally sound way.
Post that video and lets see if we can’t help you to get closer to your goals.[/quote]

Ok I look forward to your analysis. I “feel” like I’m throwing a lot harder than before (using my core, leading with my hips, and my arm is acting as a whip and is very loose) but when I saw the numbers I was very disappointed. I will try and get a video asap. I’ll maybe take one tomorrow outside of me in my backyard.

If you can get on a mound, it would be helpful.

I will try and sneak on my town’s field for a few minutes then. It may be closed, but I will try. Why would you prefer a mound?

To see what your real mechanics look like. Flat ground really should tell us a lot though.

Do you long toss?

How often do you throw?

What is your pitching experience?

[quote=“jdfromfla”]To see what your real mechanics look like. Flat ground really should tell us a lot though.

Do you long toss?

How often do you throw?

What is your pitching experience?[/quote]

  1. I long toss when I do any throwing outside.

  2. Currently only twice a week. During the season, 5-7 days a week.

  3. I started playing baseball seriously when I was about 12. Never had any official training and I probably picked up some bad habits from that. I played JV my first two years of High School and am playing Varsity this year. I’ve only played for my High School team, a yearly Fall Ball team, and when I was younger a Babe Ruth league. I have a good understanding of pitching mechanics and pitching theory, but I’ve always been a weaker kid and am of average height (5’9"). Because of this I started working out in hopes to have a chance to compete with the better pitchers in my division and maybe even play for a college team. So I’m here now trying to improve my mechanics, but mostly my velocity. I can have the best mechanics in the game but if I’m topping out at <75mph I won’t get anywhere.

When you aren’t training and relaxing, in your down time read this:

http://www.letstalkpitching.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=5449

Read the other posts in that forum too.

Very few of us are trailblazers. What that means is someone similar to us has been through like circumstances before and likely they learned plenty along the way. Studying people like this will make you more efficient in your attempts to achieve your goals.

I went hunting yesterday in snow that was at places two to three feet deep without wearing snowshoes…my son broke trail in front of me. It provided the help I needed to stay out longer and enjoy my hunt. Hope you understand.

Post a video, your understanding of mechanics may not be the most efficient understanding.

I now have three videos you can watch. For some reason it is vertical. Sorry.

One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Fly_7efQs
Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mzRlSlKWmE
Three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8RKLDOkrc

Haven’t looked at the videos yet but reading this and your blog, one suggestion immediately comes to mind:

Obviously what you’ve been doing isn’t working, might be time to get a better PC…

[quote=“Wales Diesel”]Haven’t looked at the videos yet but reading this and your blog, one suggestion immediately comes to mind:

Obviously what you’ve been doing isn’t working, might be time to get a better PC…[/quote]

I have replied in your other thread.

Quick look on my iPhone… Your lower half isn’t being utilized very well.

That’s the good news. You have a lot of velocity waiting for you to unlock. I’ll revisit later & see if I can post some links, but w/out question that jumped out at me.

Laugh,

Go over to the “Pitching Mechanics & Analysis” board… Look for a topic “using legs…”

A recent post by Baseballthinktank.com will get you to some great drills.