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TOP 2 PITCHING MISTAKES

The majority of youth pitchers and an overwhelming percentage of collegiate/adult pitchers make these critical pitching mistakes…  

Watch the video below and read on to learn.  By correcting these mistakes you will see a spike in your performance on the mound.

The famous phrases we have all heard… Get to your balance point, Pause at the top.

I have heard these phrases for 30 years from coaches at the youth level up to the big leagues.

As a father of 4 young kids who are all involved in athletics, the appreciation I have for coaches especially those who volunteer their time and effort just for the love of the game is unbelievable.  I truly respect and value all coaches and the amount of dedication it takes.  What I am about to say is to guide and help these coaches so that they can pass the right information on to the players.

My 14 year old plays club baseball and has tournaments nearly every other weekend.  Not a game goes by where I hear the cliche “get to your balance point” from a coach yelled to the pitcher.  A few months ago a coach that I know told his pitcher this in the middle of the game playing against our team.

After the game we met in the parking lot and chatted for a few minutes.  The majority of the conversation was about getting a few of his pitchers on a lesson schedule with me.  This opened the door for me to ask the question… Why do you tell your pitchers to get to their balance point?”

What I liked about his answer was the honesty of it.  The coach really did not have an explanation for the phrase.  He said, “ I have always heard other coaches saying the samething, so I just thought it was common to tell a pitcher if he is struggling.”

Unfortunately, this is not the solution for a pitcher who is struggling.

Pitching for most baseball players typically starts at a very young age.  Out here is Arizona, on average we have 300 days of sunshine a year.  Baseball is played year round, pitchers start as early as 6 years old.  In every sport, habits are formed at a young age.  For this reason, here are two of the top pitching mistakes a player can make.

Stay away from these!

Mistake #1 – Balance Point

“Balance Point” may sound like a coach knows what he/she is talking about.  We have all heard the expression many times before.  Unfortunately this is not correct.

In fact, one of the worst mistakes that a pitcher can make is to stop his momentum in the middle of the delivery.  Momentum, power and speed are two of the keys ingredients that provide a pitcher with velocity.  As a youth pitcher, the balance point should be discussed but not applied to the mechanics.  This is difficult to understand but there is a fine line between the balance point and being balanced.  

The balance point happens at the peak of the leg lift just before descent and stride.  What we always see at this point are coaches instructing the pitchers to have a slight pause in their mechanics at this phase.  Here’s the issue.  From the first step into the pivot and the leg lift, the pitcher is generating natural momentum to drive towards the plate.  The pause at the balance point completely eliminates all of the built up momentum the pitcher has created.  From this point forward the pitcher has to restart because of that pause.

The pitcher needs to be perfectly balanced in every step of his mechanics, not just at the peak of the leg lift.  From the peak of the lift the weight transfer begins.  The lead hip (lift hip) is moving to the plate and the post leg hip (drive hip) is also shifting laterally to the plate.  By doing so, this movement will create power in the stride, whereas a “balance point” eliminates any type of built up momentum.  

Remember…

* The balance point is a silent  phrase which triggers the brain to begin hip thrust.

Take a look at the photos and video clips below.  Balance throughout the entire delivery is what every pitcher should strive for.  Do you see any of these players “pausing at the peak”?

nolan ryan pitching mechanics

randy johnson pitching roy oswalt pitcherClick edit button to change this text.

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