Okay I know not everyone subscribes to the towel drill, but Mark Prior had used the towel drill at one point to work on finding his “release point.” from an article I read:
ATLANTA – Mark Prior threw off flat ground and did some towel drills off the mound Sunday, but the Chicago Cubs pitcher is still at least one week away from throwing in the bullpen.
Prior, sidelined with an inflamed right Achilles, is building up arm strength as well as testing his ankle. In the towel drill, Prior goes through his throwing motion but uses a towel instead of a ball. The two weigh about the same and the exercise allows the pitcher to concentrate on his mechanics, not where the ball is going.
“I’m trying to find my release point,” Prior said. “The sooner I find my release point, the easier it’ll be.”
You can actually use a towel drill to get your release point in sync with the front leg, and I have used it to teach curve balls. Some coaches use it to work on a pitcher’s follow through as well. I have heard some young kids rave about this drill and Tom House speaks about it as well.
I am interested to see if anyone used the towel drill for these drills and what successes they may have. Perhaps some even may want to learn the drill and find that it actually helps them or not. Either way i’m curious.
If you have an opinion but haven’t actually done the drill yourself please be reasonable with your response. I am not looking for opinions without basis.