I want to let you in on a little secret.

As you know, I’m a big fan of using video with my pitchers. Motion Analysis can be a powerful tool…

But here’s something that might surprise you…

When I’m working with a pitcher, I DON’T record every pitch. In fact, there might be entire sessions where we don’t look at video at ALL.

Why would I do that? How do you make any progress if you’re not constantly evaluating and assessing?

Fair question.

We all know those pitchers who are just OBSESSED with their mechanics.

After every throw they want to know, “How’d I look?”

Their desire – that craving for outside feedback – becomes overwhelming. And you soon get what I talked about in a recent post (what I learned about coaching from Mommy Hippo).

Video is great. But you also need to give the pitcher some space.

Give him the freedom to work on things, make adjustments, feel his way through it.

[h4]There’s a METHOD to it.[/h4]

Early in the process, it can be really helpful to get a baseline.  I’ll usually show the young pitcher side by side with a pro. With a young Little League pitcher, it can make more sense to use a high-level high school pitcher – someone closer in age who’s already developed a powerful pitching motion.

There’s just something powerful about being able to look at the videos side by side.

You get those “light bulb” Aha moments where the pitcher finally “gets” it.

BUT… as I’ve mentioned  before…

[h3]The Goal is NOT to move EXACTLY like another pitcher[/h3]

Try to find a high-level pitcher that would be a good model for YOU.

Similar build, similar style.

Key in on what you do that’s similar… (reinforce the positive).

Then what do you see in the big league pitcher that you could get more of in your own delivery to get more powerful.

For example, here’s a shot from an initial analysis I did for a 13 year old pitcher a while back.

 

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Kershaw’s not a guy I’d typically use for comparison. For lack of a better word, he’s got some FUNK in his delivery… But there was enough similar with these guys.

Similar body type. Similar habit of taking the glove arm to the target early.

But what’s the big noticeable difference?

HINT: It has to do with TWO main things:

  • Weight Shift
  • And Timing…

Now frankly, I didn’t need video to know these were big issues with this pitcher.

And I could have spent all day TELLING him what he needed to work on.

I could see it right off the bat.

But by letting HIM see himself – and then see how a guy like Kershaw gets his body moving powerfully – I saved myself a lot of needless (and probably unproductive) talking and explaining.

Once he knows what to work on (and has a clear image in his mind), it’s about getting to work and developing the right feel.

In the next couple sessions we barely looked at video at all… Then came time to break out the camera again for a VERY important next step.

[h3]Tracking The Pitcher’s Progress[/h3]

For now, at this stage, we’re done with the big league comparisons…

We’re gonna revisit the old video… Check if he’s made any progress.

Not a finished product, of course… but in a short time, this pitcher made some really good improvement.

He could start to feel when he was getting his body moving more powerfully.

And looking at video at this stage does two big things…

It provides some solid, positive reinforcement…

He can SEE and verify the progress he’s made.

He feels good about himself… He’s learning that if he puts in the work and has the right focus, he’ll see the results.

And two, he can then turn to what he still needs to work on and how he can get even more powerful.

Here’s another short clip from that same Before & After sample.

Could he have made these improvements without using video?

Probably… In time.

But without that initial JOLT to get him out his old patterns, you can bet it would’ve taken a lot longer…

And been a whole lot more frustrating.

Hope you found this post helpful. As I mentioned, in the very near future I’m going to be releasing my new Motion Mapping Method program…

It’s going to dive deep into motion analysis and show you EXACTLY how you can use video to help skyrocket your pitchers progress.

 

Okay… now if you read all the way to the bottom here, I’ve got something special for you…

A chance to get this new program FREE along with a FULL YEAR of Pro Features to Powerchalk (the same program I use for all my motion analysis work).

Just head over to this Facebook post and (IMPORTANT) follow the steps detailed in the post.

A winner will be picked on February 9th.

Good luck!

That’s all for now. Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Coach Phil

 

If you get my emails, you’re probably already well aware that pitchers are some of the most amazing athletes in the world… (don’t let some of their physiques fool you)

And the really good ones, the few guys who actually go on to pitch in college and the pros, get there based largely on their ability to do one thing athletically better than the rest…

And it’s not running really fast (If you ever got a chance to see Randy Johnson run the bases, you know sprinting speed isn’t a prerequisite for throwing hard).

It definitely doesn’t hurt… but a necessity for throwing hard? Nope.

But there is one thing that all hard throwing pitchers do better than just about any other athletes…

They know how to rotate well… Sounds simple, right?

It’s not… Professional pitchers are ridiculously powerful and efficient at using their hips and trunk… they understand momentum

Now pitchers aren’t alone in this by any means… you can look at any powerful rotational athletes… hitters, tennis players, hockey players… golfers… Where does their power come from?

For more, you can check out a post from a bit ago: Happy Gilmore Velocity Tips

And it’s something I’ve been working on with guys in our weeknight throwing sessions… getting more power with their hips and trunk, getting more efficient with their movements.

So that’s the quick tip of the day…

Want to throw harder? Learn to rotate better. 

Now for a couple quick announcements…

New Video Added to the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint:

Based on some of my work with my remote coaching clients, I’ve started working in a new throwing progression using a series of modifications of the Power Catapult drill… You’ll find a new video where I explain it all inside the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint.

Weeknight Throwing Program/Pitching Classes:
Weeknight Warriors throwing program will meet at 4pm today… Back to 6pm next week. Has been great seeing guys push each other and already making big strides and moving better. Spots available, Click Here for details.

Remote Coaching Options:
A couple different options if you’re looking for some help maximizing your training this off-season.

1) Complete customization of a program with ongoing coaching: Exactly what you need to do each week with regular check-ins and personalized videos where I walk you through things the way I would if you right here with me.

(med ball drills are great for learning to unlock more power in the hips)
2) Customized program (minus the ongoing coaching): Based on initial motion analysis and phone consultation to assess your needs/goals.

These custom programs are for serious pitchers only. Click here to apply.

That’s all for now. Until next time…

Committed to Your Pitching Success,

Phil Rosengren

Ever wonder why pitchers make good golfers? I can’t tell you how many guys I played with who liked to get out for an early tee-time on the days they weren’t pitching…

But hitting a golf ball well (consistently) can be one of the most challenging, frustrating things in all of sports.

It should be so EASY! It’s literally just sitting there for you on the tee!

But if you’ve ever played the game, you know it’s anything but… It’s why even the best pro golfers put in hours of practice time, working on their swing, hitting shot after shot.

And it’s why I’ve never gotten really good at golf… I just don’t have the patience for it, and didn’t grow up with the love for the game the way I did with baseball.

Maybe someday when I have the time to dedicate to it… but with 2 little ones at home, that day isn’t coming anytime soon.

Now all of that said, the swing itself tends to come pretty naturally to most pitchers.

I stumbled across this article the other day (actually, one of you sent it to me – you know who you are)… Hit a Golf Ball Farther Than Bubba Watson

It’s all about this former University of Miami pitcher who now absolutely crushes golf balls in long drive competitions.

And there’s a difference between mashing the ball for max distance and what you see with a pro golfer…

For the pro golfer, accuracy is king. I don’t pretend to know a whole lot about golf strategy, but I’m pretty sure hitting from the weeds every hole isn’t a recipe for success.

To see what I mean, just watch this video (max drive is about aggression more than control):

[h4]But why does any of this matter to you?[/h4]

I mean, if you’re here on my site or you get my emails I’m assuming your expecting pitching info right?

Well if you watch that video, look out for the 1:30 mark because that’s where he get’s into some concepts that are very important for maximizing power in your pitching delivery.

[h4]How Effectively Crushing a Golf Ball Relates to Your Pitching Velocity[/h4]

It’s all about your kinetic chain… a term you may have seen tossed around pitching circles before.

You’ve probably heard coaches say you want to “throw with your entire body”… you can usually spot a guy throwing “all arm” a mile away. What they’re talking about really is the kinetic chain.

When you get down to it, it’s mainly about timing and the effective sequencing of movements in your pitching delivery.

It’s about the flow of momentum from your lower half to upper half…

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Well golfers have been on to this whole kinetic chain thing for a long time. See, the sequencing for both actions is really pretty similar:

[h4]Legs, Hips, Torso, Arms…[/h4]

Now in reality all these things are working together, it’s not like one body part shuts down and the next section takes over… we’re humans after all, not robots (why you want to stay away from bad pitching drills).

The key is getting everything working together in the right order… Firming up with the front side to transfer power and create good whip.

It’s why that Miami pitcher has a leg up over guys who’ve never pitched before. He knows what it feels like to transfer power up his body, through his hips and out to his arm.

[h5]Happyy Gilmore knows a thing or two about the power of the hips[/h5]

(For more on the science of the Happy Gilmore swing, check out this piece)

Now I mentioned before how I’m not much of a golfer. But I do enjoy hitting a bucket or two at the driving range when I can find time. I like the feel for getting my hips into my swing… firming up with my front side and whipping that golf club through. And then seeing the result…

In so many ways, it’s just like when I used to work on my pitching delivery (minus the stride).

It’s the same kind of direct feedback training you want to have with your training if you’re a pitcher… it’s why long toss, while not the magic velocity bullet or bogeyman some make it out to be, can be a useful practice tool (more on that here).

When you get your whole body working together in the right sequence and get the feel for transferring power and momentum up your kinetic chain… well that’s a beautiful thing.

[h4]So how do you work on this?[/h4]

Well, it really starts with good sequencing and getting the feel for efficient movements. And one way you can work on this is with med ball training. Working to throw a heavier ball can be a great way to get the feel for getting your body into your motion.

The more efficient you are in the movements, the lighter the ball starts to feel.

It’s one reason I include a system of Med Ball Throws in the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint

Click Here to learn more about a complete system for developing a powerful pitching delivery.

 

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