I get asked this question a lot. Looking through my email inbox, seems everyone (pitchers, parents, coaches) wants to know the secrets to increasing velocity.

“How do I help my pitcher, my son (whatever the case might be) throw harder so he can compete against tougher competition.

And as I was about to set on putting together a new in-depth blog post on the subject, a thought came to me.

What if, instead of the typical email or blog post, I did something different?

What if I just took out my phone, pressed “record” and just started talking…

What if I walked you through the process of creating your own velocity program, step by step, the same way I would if you were right here with me?

Sound good? Great. Then you’ll love this

But FIRST – important note. I do NOT endorse “velocity programs” for young pitchers. 

This isn’t for pitchers 10, 11, 12 years old… Kids should develop a sound foundation, learn to love the game, develop as athletes, and be allowed to grow into their own velocity potential (learning the basics in the 5 Power Moves is a good place to start, incidentally).

That said, if a pitcher wants to play and compete at the next level, there’s no denying this fact… Velocity matters. And the vast majority of amateur pitchers are leaving MPHs in the tank.

So let’s get right to it. Take a listen:

Okay, the question is, “How do I get a young pitcher to increase velocity – how do I help him increase his velocity? He can already throw strikes pretty well but he doesn’t throw particularly hard, and I feel like if I could just get him to throw harder and help him throw with more velocity, he’d be a whole lot more effective because he can already do that other part of it.”

It’s a very good question, and a very difficult question to answer because, without actually seeing that pitcher, it’s tough to pinpoint it to one particular thing… Because yes, mechanics are definitely a big part of maximizing velocity… but while mechanics are important it’s tough to say what does THIS individual pitcher need to work on without actually seeing him pitch.

[h4]STEP ONE: Get a Baseline (Take Video and Get a Radar Reading)[/h4]

Let’s say a pitcher is working with me who really wants to get from 73 MPH to 80+ MPH. So we sit down and talk it over

“Okay, now let’s set a plan to help you increase velocity by 5, 10, 12 miles an hour,”

Whatever it might be. The first thing I would always start off with is getting that initial video analysis. Doing a full breakdown of his mechanics. Being able to SEE it on video is key because you can really slow it down and see what’s going on in his motion.


[h5]From there you can ASSESS…[/h5]

What does he most need to work on right now. Because most pitchers, especially most young pitchers, are leaking power somewhere in their pitching delivery. You can usually get 3 to 5 miles an hour with one or two adjustments in their pitching motion but to make a blanket statement like, “Well, he needs to get his legs into his delivery more,” you’d have to look at that pitcher and see what is he doing right now. Then we can set a plan and say, “Okay, based on how you’re currently moving, here’s some things you can do right now… You’re losing some power here. Here are some key areas that we could focus on.”

Together with that video analysis, another thing that’ll be important if the goal is to increase velocity is to get that baseline velocity reading…

(The Pocket Radar is a great option if you’re looking for a highly accurate radar gun that won’t set you back $1,000).


Where is he at now in terms of his velocity? Get that on record. Get a radar reading of his current velocity so you know what his current velocity is, his current max velocity. So you can say,

“Okay, right now he’s throwing 79 MPH. The goal is to get to 85.”

Now he knows what he’s starting at and he knows what he can shoot for.

Then when looking at the video you can say,

“Okay, clearly he’s not getting his body into it as well as he could so getting to that 85 mile an hour mark is very realistic,” or

“Right now his mechanics look great, he’s just throwing 75 so maybe there’s some other part of it that is leading to it.”

Maybe it’s a strength issue, maybe it’s a power and mobility issue, maybe he needs to get more explosive as an athlete, maybe he’s just undersized and needs to add some mass and add some weight to get more momentum and power moving down the mound…

All these things come into play, but the first step is always getting that baseline. Doing that motion analysis to look at his delivery, look at his mechanics essentially and see where there might be some energy leaks, some power leaks. Then getting that radar reading so you know where he’s currently at.


Stay Tuned for STEP 2 in this 5 Part “build your own velocity program” series… where you’ll learn two ways to gain velocity before you ever set foot on the mound.

Listen close… What I’m about to tell you is very important.

Learning to throw harder with better command is EASY.

Yup. It’s true, and I’ll stand behind that.

Now I’m NOT talking about mastering your craft and becoming the absolute BEST pitcher you can be. That, my friends, is HARD. That takes work… Lots and lots of it.. Years and years of it, in fact. It’s the ideal. And there’s nothing more rewarding in the long run.

But for short-term velocity gains or quick improvement in control/command? For 97% of aspiring pitchers out there, that’s a cinch.

For instance.

Take a kid who doesn’t throw very hard. Show him some good drills to work on leading with his hips, engaging his back leg.

Then spend some time working on it for 10 minutes for next 7 days.

Just 10 minutes…

EVERY DAY for the next week.

In 7 days, if he isn’t throwing with more power and velocity, shoot me an email an I’ll send you $5.

Or if a kid’s wild and lacks control. Two likely causes…

[h5]Issue # 1:He can’t even come CLOSE to repeating his delivery.[/h5] [h5]Issue #2:He hasn’t built up the volume of throws to learn what throwing a well-located pitch FEELS like.[/h5]

Very easy to address both of these…

[h1]Addressing issue #1:[/h1]

Work on improving his foundation with dynamic balance drills. Your mechanics work from the ground up. If you’re sloppy with your foundation, what do you think happens by the time momentum works it’s way up the chain?

[h4]Step 1) 5 minutes of dynamic balance work (working on controlling your body & CONNECTION with the ground)[/h4]




[h4]Step 2) 5 minutes working on your pitching delivery. Focus on being CONSISTENT.[/h4]



REPEAT EVERY DAY for the next 7 days.

Again, just 10 minutes a day. You can do more if you want, but that’s the minimum, and you WILL see results if you do this.

[h1]Addressing Issue #2:[/h1]

You need to spend more time throwing to a target. Learning what it feels like to hit a spot… And repeating until it gets hard-wired into your nervous system (that’s how Greg Maddux could hit the catcher’s glove with his eyes closed).

Now here’s the thing. It’s the quality throws that matter most. Seeing the ball hit the glove, and remembering what that feels like. If you’re hitting the glove 1 out of 16 times, it’s gonna take a LOT of throws to build that muscle memory.

But there’s a way to shortcut this process.

[h3]Here’s what you do…[/h3]

(this is one technique I’ve been using with my remote coaching guys, and the results are awesome)

1. Take video from behind the pitcher (from over his throwing shoulder). Be sure to get at least one well-located fastball (you can do the same for his changeup, curve, slider, or whatever other pitches he throws)

2. Take the best pitch from that video and cut it out into a separate clip. 

3. Loop it so it plays over and over (recommend ~10 times). 

[h3]Then here’s what you need to DO with that video if you’re a pitcher to DRAMATICALLY improve your command.[/h3]

1. Watch this video for 5 minutes. 




2. Close your eyes and play it over and over in your mind for 5 minutes. 

Pay attention to what it looks like. Get inside your delivery and focus on what it feels like hitting that spot.

REPEAT EVERY DAY for 7 days before you go to sleep. 

Here’s what one of my remote coaching pitchers said:

“Hi Phil, everything is going well. I have been watching the videos and I have been visualizing every day, and when I threw a bullpen yesterday I noticed an improvement in my control, with all my pitches.”

Again, 10 minutes a day is all it takes.


So why do so many pitchers struggle to throw harder or improve command? If it’s so easy, why wouldn’t everybody do this?

Good question.

[h5]Answer: Because it’s also easy NOT to do it.[/h5]

You have a choice. You can decide you want to get better and put in the extra bit of work every day (and be diligent about it). Or you can decide it’s not worth the effort and spend 10 minutes watching TV or goofing off on the [computer/phone/ipad].

The choice is yours. I can’t make it for you. Your coaches, teachers, parents can’t make it for you. You have to WANT it.

Doing the thing that needs to be done is EASY.

But it’s also easy NOT to. Don’t fall into that trap.

Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

Pitch counts…

Do they matter?


And as a general rule, I’d say following the PitchSmart guidelines are a good start.

But they’re just that. A start.

Because (like anything) you have to factor in the big picture.

Here’s what most “pitch counts” don’t tell you…

They don’t tell you how STRESS-ful those pitches were.

How tough were the conditions? Did the pitcher have to battle and grind through it, or did he cruise?

I probably don’t have to tell you this, but 30 pitches in ONE inning is a LOT tougher on your arm than 30 pitches spread over 3 easy innings (with rest in between).

Plus, a “pitch count” doesn’t tell you anything about whether the pitcher’s putting added stress on his arm due to mechanical inefficiencies?

They don’t tell you anything about real FATIGUE…

(studies have shown pitching with fatigue increases the risk of injury 36x!)

But what if there was a way to measure all of these things in REAL time?

That would be cool…

And guess what, it’s getting closer to reality every day.

In fact, there’s a new motion sensor technology out there, maybe you’ve seen it.

Will Carroll called it “The Sleeve That Could Save Baseball”.

It’s the Motus mThrow sleeve (and motion sensor system).

And it’s not just about the sleeve. The iOS app allows you to easily track and analyze all of this data…

Things like force on the UCL (that’s the Tommy John ligament), workload, arm slot, shoulder rotation.

Very cool stuff.

If you’re a parent or coach, imagine having a whole new level of insight into the state of your pitcher’s arm.

Or, if you’re an instructor… Well, the possibilities are endless.

Imagine being able to verify in real time whether a mechanical adjustment was leading to increased velocity while ALSO reducing stress on the arm…

So why am I going on about this?

As much as I wish I’d invented this device, I didn’t (you could lock me and 100 monkeys in a room for a year and we wouldn’t come anywhere close to figuring out how this stuff works).

So I’ve teamed up with the folks at Motus for an exclusive One-Time Offer.

Enter To Win Your Own mThrow Sleeve Complete Package

This package normally retails for $169… Here’s your chance to get the mThrow sleeve (along with the Magic Blue Doohickey) completely free. 

A winner will be drawn (at random) next Wednesday, June 3rd.

Take 2 seconds to Enter Now before you get sidetracked

Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

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