EDIT: Though this topic is relevant to pitching workouts, I think I’ve posted it in the wrong section. If a mod can move this to General Pitching Advice that would be great.
A quick search of the forums returns a number of results on this issue, and it has come up several times, but I think that it is worth revisiting.
I do a lot of my throwing on flat ground simply because my access to a pitching mound is limited. Flat ground serves well for regular throwing and long toss, but I am hesitant to pitch off of it and work on my mechanics there.
Case in point, I threw a bullpen last week on a mound (I regret not recording…), and ended up lengthening my stride and improving my timing. I attempted to throw a pen on flat ground this week and inevitably, my stride was shorter and my timing was poor. I felt much more dynamic on the mound and definitely did not feel any bit of that trying to pitch off flat ground. I’m sure that a lot of us would agree that the two are very different. The results I obtain from either scenario never seem to translate to the other.
However, with limited mound access, it is almost necessary for me to pitch off flat ground and work on my mechanics there. I’ve always attempted to go through my entire pitching motion on flat ground and I’ve seen teammates and friends do that as well, despite the differences between the two scenarios. But given their inherent differences, should we continue to recreate our actual pitching motions on flat ground? Or are there better approaches to using flat ground to maximize the benefits it has (if any) for actual mound pitching?
Basically, how can flat ground work be used to improve our pitching on the mound?