Hello all, son is a submarine pitcher who has been pitching this way for about 8 months. He is very comfortable, throws a lot of strikes, and has some good offspeed stuff. He loves the game of baseball, so spends a lot of his time reading anything and everything he can on submarine pitching that will help him. He has a couple of questions.
1.) Often times, submarine pitchers arms do not hurt as much as over the top guys. However, son always gets stiff in shoulder after pitching. He believes the cause of it may be because he throws across his body. When he does this, he doesn’t trully allow his hips to fire and he has had this habit for a long long time. Would throwing across your body this way maybe be the cause of shoulder tightness because he is throwing with a lot more arm?
2.) By stepping straight (towards home plate), throwing submarine, could he add more velocity? He knows its a mechanical flaw, but has always heard that it adds deception. However, now that season is coming along he knows he will have to log a lot of innings for his team and wants to keep his arm as healthy as possible so he is willing to try and break this long habit. If I tell him it will increase velocity, it will motivate him even more Lastly, any drills he can to do help break this habit of his?
3.) Kent Tekulve said to generate the most movement for submarine guys, you let your shoulder and hips do all the work, and at the end of the pitch, “crack the whip” with your arm and wrist for added velocity and movement. Could anyone expand on this to help son generate as much movement as possible? So basically, just flick the wrist on the follow through? Any drills to help this as well?
4.) Is there anyone here that could possibly do a video review and see what they think? It would be greatly appreciated!
I know this is a lot of questions but if you would take your time and answer them as best as you can it would be greatly appreicated