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Pitching Explained in Under 5 minutes

Pitching Explained in Under 5 minutes


Alright guys we’re going to talk a little
pitching today and I’m not taking all day like your normal pitching clinic. I’m going
to do it under 5 minutes. You ready? Everything you need to know about pitching in under 5
minutes. Here we go! Start the clock! Alright. When it comes to pitching you want to have
a pre-game routine. What I used to like to do is listen to some good music. Start off
with some a little bit more mellow stuff to get your mind right start thinking about the
game and how you’re going to approach the hitters and then start cranking that music
up to where you’re getting some of that hard stuff and you’re really feeling that energy
so that you’re ready to go when you go out there on the field. But the most important
thing that you need to know when it comes pre-game routine is know what your routine
is and be consistent with it. Have a time line of when you’re going to go down to the
field, when you’re going to stretch, when you’re going to warm up, how much throwing
you’re going to do. Ok. Be consistent with it and know your routine. Next, let’s talk
about the set up so when you’re actually get out there in the game alright. We’re going
to talk about from the stretch when you set up you want to come staggered with your set
up. The reason why you want to come staggered with your feet and not straight in a line
or open this way is because it makes it a lot easier for you to set your weight on your
back leg here and just lift this leg up and lead with your hips. ok. Which brings me to
my next point. We’re going to break down the leg lift into 3 different parts. First is
going to be the set up here lifting that leg up is 1, breaking the hips is number 2, and
then bringing the leg down and back is number 3. Now,even though I broke that down into
3 parts, in reality it’s going to be 1 fluid movement. So it’s going to be leg lift, breaking
the hips, leg down, but it’s happening all together. So it’s going to look a little something
like this. Alright. Is going to be alignment when you land. This is a big one ok. If I’m
starting here on my rubber and I go to land I want my foot to be straight on this line
heel to heel so when I land, BOOM, I want to be straight out in a straight line with
my foot going forward. This allows my hips to open up to a good point. If I’m too far
closed off or my toe is too far closed I’m going to be trying to work against myself
throwing across my body. If I’m too far open this way I’m going to be doing the opposite
effect ok and losing too much out this way alright. Now that’s important because hip
to shoulder separation is where you’re going to get a lot of your velocity. There was a
study done that shows 80 percent of your pitching velocity comes from hip to shoulder separation.
But before we get into that let’s talk about the arm path and hand separation ok. Your
hands want to separate down low here and you want to break them at an angle 45 degrees
or more. So if I’m pitching straight to you and I break my hands, I want to be 45 degrees,
not straight to you, 45 degrees or more closed ok because this puts me in a good spot and
the back arm is going to be the same back this way not straight back we’re going back
this way ok. Because if I do that, that puts me into a good spot when I get into my thoracic
extension or scap load. Thoracic extension all that means is just big chest ok curvature
in your upper spine. Your scap load is when your elbows go back and you’re pinching your
scape together like that. If you’re in a good angle with your arm path you’re going to be
able to unwind with that scap load and then when you come up you’re going to be in a good
hip to shoulder separation. That’s why arm path in the beginning is very important ok.
If you break straight out you’re not setting yourself up for good hip to shoulder separation.
Now what’s the timing on breaking the hands? You want to start moving forward first before
you separate those hands ok. You’re not separating early and then going. You’re going down the
mound and then separating alright. Now hip to shoulder separation. All that is is if
my hips are going forward right here right my back foot is actually going to be up at
this point so if my hips are going forward how far separated can my hips go to my shoulder
back here. Actually this arm is going to be like this because we’ve already got through
our scap load but how far back can this arm get and that separation just like in hitting
is going to be that tension in the mid section, that torque that we can unwind with and let
all that energy back out in front ok. That’s why that’s important. 80 percent of your energy,
your velocity, comes from hip to shoulder separation. Next, let’s talk about the release
point. The best release point is not way out here it’s going to be right here in a straight
line if I drew a line straight down my arm it should go down my arm down my back down
my butt this is going to be in a little bit and then down through my heel. The rubber
is going to be back here. Let’s say that’s the rubber. ok. That’s going to be a good
release point. My glove is going to be right about here right now. I’m not going to be
pulling all the way in I’m going to block it off here and then my front leg is going
to be straight. I’m going to block my rotational energy off with this and block my linear energy
off with this and once that hits all that energy hits this wall BOOM BOOM that ball
that energy is going to go right through that ball at my release point ok. Now, after that
my glove can finish rotating and I can show the my back to the other dugout over here
ok. Let’s talk a little bit about philosophy. First pitch strike. You want to get ahead.
If you pitch ahead you’re going to be more successful. You want to try to get batters
out in three pitches or less. In a 1-1 count you want to throw your best pitch of the day
for a strike. You want to throw a strike because if you throw a strike you’re 1-2 if you throw
a ball you’re 2-1 huge differences in the batting averages there. You want to throw
your best pitch of the day because everyday it’s different and it’s a swinging count and
you don’t want to throw meatballs up there. As a pitcher your job is to disrupt balance
and timing the batter’s. How do you disrupt balance and timing? You throw fast pitches
and slow pitches. You throw inside and you throw outside. You throw up and you throw
down. That’s how you disrupt balance and timing. If you do that, you’re going to be a successful
pitcher. Most important thing of that is pitch inside especially at the lower levels if you
control the inside part of the plate you’re going to open up the whole rest of the plate
and make that batter feel uncomfortable so pitch inside. Now, pitching accuracy, there’s
a few things you need when you’re trying to be accurate pitching. First is consistency,
you want to be consistent with what you’re doing on the mound so that you’re consistent
in the strike zone. You want to have conviction when you’re pitching. That means you have
total belief that you’re going to hit the spot that you’re trying to hit. You also want
to visualize the pitch before it happens. You want to see it happen before it does and
then throw the same pitch. It’s a lot easier to execute that pitch when you see it happen
before you actually throw it and then you want to have body control and that just means
controlling your body down the mound which brings us back to consistency. How do you
work on body control, that’s the strength and conditioning that you’re doing in the
off season and during the week to keep your body strong and under control when you’re
pitching. Now, don’t worry about the things you cannot change like errors. You can’t,
you can’t do anything about your shortstop making an error. Pick him up. He doesn’t want
to make an error alright. Bad calls. You can’t worry about bad calls by the umpire. You can’t
change that. You just gotta do your job. Keep on trucking. 26 hoppers through the 6 hole.
If you throw a perfect pitch and this guy rolls over and it’s just perfectly placed
where the third baseman and shortstop can’t get it, hey you did your job, keep it up,
stay positive, and go get that next guy. Don’t worry about the things you cannot control
but do worry about the things you can control focus on that things, those things, like attacking
the zone, commanding your fastball, your mind set, energy, dedication, commitment, competitiveness,
will, drive, and heart. Get the job done and don’t have any excuses. That’s pitching in
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14 comments

These videos help a lot. I can confidently say that im a much different player now then i was before when i didnt watch your videos.

Great video.  Especially the 2nd half or so.  Man, let me tell you how big the +45 degree is.  I never had the "super heater", but because I would work inside, and come from that angle, my PERCEIVED velocity was 7-8 MPH better than what I could actually throw.  Guys would come to me after the game, and tell me the radar gun was broke.  It said 86, but that pitch was 93.   No, it was 86.  It was all about being willing to own the inside part of the plate, and keep my angle. 

Great job as usual from the top baseball spot on the web. 

Great video, I'm impatient and love that you removed all the junk and loaded this video for us to learn from. Keep up with these kind of clips.

Hi John I could really use your advice on a new pitch that I would like to add to my arsenal so far a throw a 4 seam (73-78) mph Curveball (59-63) mph and a Circle change (58-61) mph I'm only 14 years old and it would be nice to learn a new pitch to help me with this upcoming season, I've kinda narrowed my options down to a two seam or a cutter

Breaking hips while striding out is moving your body back and rest of body forward not getting maximum power with total momentum going forward

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