5 Secrets to Crushing the Ball
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A few simple baseball pitching drills can sure make a young pitcher closer to being a complete pitcher.
Although the pitching motion is unique to each pitcher’s style there are some pitching fundamentals that are more commonly implemented for consistent pitching success.
One of these fundamentals in the mechanics of pitching is to have a stable, balanced and forceful position on the pitchers back leg. So, our pitching drill will focus on baseball pitching mechanics with emphasis on the back leg or the leg attached to the pitching rubber.
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Once young pitchers know how to throw a baseball it is time to polish up the proper pitching mechanics.
Through pitching practice drills a young pitcher can get a solid feel for the correct pitching mechanics. If a pitcher knows the feel of the proper pitching technique then they are more able to fix the pitching motion when they get out of sync and rhythm from time to time.
Every pitcher will lose their rhythm and flow at times. The better pitchers are able to get back into the good pitching rhythm quicker in maybe a few pitches or by the next batter.
A consistent baseball pitching motion is another one of the pitching secrets and pitching tips to offer youth pitchers.
Why? Because the chances of repeating a good pitching motion are improved when we regularly repeat baseball practice drills over and over.
These repetitive good pitching mechanics go hand in-hand-in consistently controlling the ball on different pitches. Usually the more consistent the good throwing motion is repeated—the more likely a pitcher will be able to throw strikes.
Often Pitchers want to know how to throw a baseball faster. The answer is not only how fast a pitcher can throw---but also how fast can a pitcher throw and still throw strikes.
Throwing the ball so hard that the pitcher cannot control the pitch does little good. Too many walks make it difficult for a pitcher to compete.
So, to be a complete pitcher it is best to have sound fundamental pitching mechanics, which will allow for maximum velocity combined with maximum control. More control of baseball pitches equals a lower pitch count, more strikes, and an eager defensive team that is always on their toes.
We know sound pitching mechanics should help pitchers throw more pitches for strikes. Correct mechanics can help us stay in our rhythm and flow more consistently on the pitching mound.
A proper pitching motion helps us maximize pitching velocity with command of the pitches.
In addition, a sound fundamental pitching motion should lower the risk of arm injuries. Youth baseball injuries are largely avoided with proper pitching mechanics.
Baseball coaches that want to know how to teach pitching to little league pitchers and all youth pitchers should take notice to teach the art of pitching using baseball practice drills that help keep pitching injuries to a minimum.
The Knee-High Toe-Down Baseball Pitching Drill:Start the baseball pitching drill with no throwing. Start the pitcher in the stretch position on flat ground.
1. Knee High: Lift the stride leg knee straight up toward the chin chest high.
2. Toe Down: While lifting the knee toward the chin keep the toe relaxed and pointing down toward the ground.
3. Twist the Hips: The lower body at the hips should have a slight twist. Keep the front shoulder from turning too much and taking the eyes off the catchers’ target.
4. Put it all Together: Do #1,2,3 all together a few times and hold your balance for up to 5 seconds.
5. The Power-L: Now do #1,2,and 3 while falling forward so the stride foot lands. FREEZE at this point. (Can have a ball in the pitching hand). When the foot lands the throwing arm should be in an ‘L’ shape position.
6. Break the Hands: When the knee approaches the chin start breaking the hands apart. The hands need time to get into the power-L position when the front foot lands on ground.
7. Check Points: Front foot should slide in the ground on the ball of the foot—not heel. Foot should be slightly pigeon-toed. Front leg should have a slight bend in the knee. Glove arm folded next to the chest with the elbow pointing toward the catchers target.
Use this baseball pitching drill as often as possible in your baseball workouts, training drills, practice plan templates, indoor baseball drills, baseball throwing drills, summer baseball camps, coaching clinics and baseball stations.
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