Pitch Grips: How Many Pitches Do You Really Need?

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It seems like every kid I work with wants me to teach them how to throw a curveball. And once we establish fundamentals, develop sound mechanics, command of the fastball, etc. I’ll usually work with them on adding a good curveball to their arsenal. But then there are other pitchers that come to me saying they already throw five or six different pitches. When this happens, I usually ask them a simple question: “Ok, so how many of those pitches ...

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Pitching Drills: Why Most Are a Complete Waste of Time

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I just did a search for “baseball pitching drills” and Google came back with 1,080,000 results. I share this to illustrate a point: there’s a lot of garbage out there on the internet. You can waste a lot of time trying to weed through it all. Even worse, if you go with some of the more popular drills, you’ll probably waste even more time performing them! Because the sad reality is that most pitching drills are, at best, great time-wasters ...

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The Pitcher’s Stride: Does a Short Stride Hurt Velocity?

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It’s pretty well accepted that a long stride helps you maximize power in your delivery, resulting in greater velocity. That’s partly why I’m a big believer in the importance creating momentum early in your leg lift (see my article on early momentum). Too many kids are taught that getting to a “balance point” is the most important part of their pitching delivery. This kills momentum, effectively holding them back and making it tougher to move down the mound ...

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