Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

I got this email I got the other day from a Ballistic Pitching Blueprint member…

He seemed almost puzzled by the unintentional improvement in his arm action as a result of doing the drills in the program.

And keep in mind, this is a men’s league pitcher…someone who’s been at it a long time and just getting back into pitching after some time away from it. Think there might be some ingrained movement patterns there?

Anyway, before I go off on a tangent, here’s his email:


Happy Holidays! I’m entering week 4 of the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint program/drills. My question is about what appears to be happening to my arm action as a consequence of “improved” lower body/trunk action…

Is the following what I should be feeling? 
1. Arm at “high cock” — feels like my hand is slightly closer to my ear (smaller angle forearm to biceps) — I believe it is a result of increased upper body rotation speed which is stretching across chest or pulling back scapula

2. Increased arm extension at release — feels like more “ballistic” movement is causing the arm to move more like a whip (vs. me trying to intentionally generate hand speed)

3. Increased forearm pronation — a result of 1 and 2 — not an intentional or conscious movement.


Play Ball! 
And my reply:

Hi Alan, 

Thanks for the email. I think you’re right on the money. Tough to say for sure without looking at video, but all of those things would make sense and I’d view them as positive adaptations as a result of getting the lower half more involved. 

If able, send in a video and I’ll be happy to provide more detailed feedback. But sounds like you’re on the right track. Keep it up. 

All the best, 

Okay, and here’s why I’m sharing this.

One, it shows that even an old dog can learn new tricks… I love his enthusiasm for the game.

And two, it points to one of the BIG mistakes a lot of coaches and parents make with pitchers…

Focusing TOO much on the throwing arm.

Mainly because it can be downright TOUGH to change your arm action when you’ve been throwing that way your whole life. Even for young pitchers.

It usually backfires.

And here’s the thing. There’s a better – and FAR more effective – way to make your arm action more efficient.

And just like Alan discovered, it can happen almost automatically. Without ever thinkingabout your throwing arm.

In fact, I hardly mention arm action in any of the drills in the Blueprint (for that very reason).

It’s about learning to use your body to generate power and velocity. Do it right, and the arm takes care of itself. Doesn’t matter if you’re 9 years old or 49…

And along the same lines, here’s another email I just got.

This one from a college pitcher:

Hey Phil,

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you.

I think the video analysis was great and i will begin adjusting and implementing your recommendations. I bought your program a couple weeks ago and began using it right away, the improvements i have seen within 2-3 weeks have been remarkable and theres no way i could’ve improved to where I’m at right now without it.

I am a college sophomore and this is the first pitching program I have ever bought, and it has helped me beyond what i expected. I will definitely recommend it to my college pitching buddies and anyone else who looking for a pitching program that gets quality results.

Finally the pitching mindset roadmap is the greatest psychological help i could ask for – it’s truly incredible.

Best wishes,

Here’s where you can get instant access to the same program these pitchers used:

Until Next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

Your success in reaching your goals this year depends on ONE thing…

It’s a simple question, really.

And if you haven’t asked it yet, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. But get it right, and there is very little that can get in your way…

You’ll start moving closer to your goals almost automatically…

So here it is… one question:

What do you BELIEVE…

See, having goals is great. And I always recommend my pitchers get real clear about their goals this time of year. Set a big goal, something that will really get you motivated.

But all that goal setting doesn’t do any good if this one key ingredient is missing.

It’s like trying to make bread rise without the yeast…

The missing ingredient for your goals in 2015?

[h4]Your own BELIEF[/h4]

What kind of pitcher do you want to be this year? Next year, and the year after that?

Do you think you have what it takes to…

  • Hit 90 MPH…
  • Play at the next level…
  • Get a scholarship…
  • Go on to pitch in the pros?

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SEE it crystal clear in your mind’s eye. 

And, here’s a big part people miss… You’ve gotta believe you actually deserve it (because you do, dangit).

Otherwise, you’ll start finding ways to make excuses… You’ll start sabotaging your own success without even realizing it.

See, your negative, limiting beliefs are just as powerful as your positive ones. So beware…

Weed those negative beliefs out right now.

Get clear on things right now as we start the new year.

What do you want? What will it look like? How will that feel?

Start making it REAL in your mind until you believe it with absolute certainty.

And when obstacles come your way (and they will), view them for what they are.

A chance to assess, adapt, learn and grow… as you move onward.

You can do it.


Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

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I get that question a lot as I go through my emails… Seems everyone is looking for help in that area, from pitchers to parents to a Cy Young award winner now running his own academy.

It’s a big reason I’m so excited about my upcoming program, the Motion Mapping Method. Video can be a great tool one you know the right way to use it.

Oh, so back to that question… what do I use for those videos.

I use PowerChalk… it’s simple, powerful, has all the features I need (like markup tools, side-by-side, voiceover) and it makes it easy to record, store and share. Plus it’s totally web-based, so I can use the software on any computer or mobile device. I love it and highly recommend it.

That said, I know there are a lot of great programs out there. Coach’s Eye, Ubersense,Right View Pro… They’ll all get the job done. Some are more expensive than others. I personally like PowerChalk, but that’s just me.

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