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Arm Strength vs Arm Speed - What makes you pitch faster?

I get questions about arm strength all the time. But I think that we are mis-using the term. Because, most of the time, or at least I fell that most of the time, when people are talking about arm strength, they are talking about how hard someone can pitch, or how fast someone can throw a baseball

In reality, we should be using the term arm speed. Because arm speed is what really determines how hard someone can throw or how fast a pitcher can pitch. So, why do we say arm strength instead of arm speed?

How many pitchers do you know with huge arms? For me, not many come to mind. As a matter of fact, a lot of strength and conditioning programs DON'T like to have their pitcher's lifting weights that are very heavy. Instead they work on developing stability muscles that help prevent injury. This is a good way to develop arm speed

Now think of how many pitchers you have seen who were skinny but could whip that ball in there faster than some bigger guys? A lot more comes to mind, right? At least for me more pitchers come to mind. Now, I don't mean super skinny, I just mean they don't have huge arms and shoulders

So, it all has to do with arm speed rather than arm strength.

Of course it's a little more complicated than that. You have to follow a good program, be consistent, set goals, get on a throwing program, stretch, work on stability, etc. So it's not just about arm speed. But if we were talking about arm speed vs. arm strength, arm speed definitely wins for more important to pitch a baseball faster or to throw harder or longer.

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