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Baseball Pitching Mechanics
There are many philosophies on how to throw a baseball correctly and with a lot of velocity. In fact, I would guess that baseball pitching mechanics are one of the most debated topics in the baseball community.
With that being said, I'd like to throw in my two cents as far as pitching mechanics are concerned. Now, for clarification, I am not a scientist, I do not study physics professionally, but I was a former professional pitcher who knows what it FEELS like to throw a 96 mph fastball.
So, here are some of the things that I have learned and felt about pitching mechanics that can possibly help you throw harder and pitch faster.
#1 - The Perfect Release Point
I think that sometimes pitching coaches and pitchers have some misconceptions about how the release point should really look. In this video I show you some examples of Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum, and Matt Moore. You'll see that in the video, they all do a great job of gaining ground off of the rubber, efficiently transferring force through their body (straight line up their back), and using their front leg as leverage to pitch against. Check out the video for some visual stimulation!
#2 - Hand Separation
Another misconception within the pitching mechanics is what the arms do after hand separation. Here is my philosophy on arm path at hand separation and if you watch until the end of the video you will see many examples of big league pitchers doing what I am talking about. Check it!
#3 - Sequencing the Kinetic Chain
In this video you will learn about sequencing the kinetic chain in pitching, how to create, multiply, and leverage energy in the pitching delivery, and pretty much everything you need to know about how to get the most out of your pitching mechanics. You'll have to watch the video to get a better understanding.
#4 - Timing with your Baseball Pitching Mechanics
I believe studying and understanding how baseball pitching mechanics work is very important, but even more important than that is how to implement them with good timing into your pitching delivery. It is one thing to be able to get into all of the different "positions" that pitching mechanics require, but it's another thing to reach those positions with perfect timing. Watch this video for more of an explanation of how timing works within the pitching mechanics.
#5 - Pitching Mechanics VS Feel
To reiterate a little, it's not all about the "positions", it's about timing, and being able to FEEL what your body is doing. If you cannot FEEL what your body is doing during your pitching mechanics, then it will be hard to make adjustments. I believe that the best pitchers in the game have a great feel for what is happening in their pitching delivery. Watch this video.
#6 - Pitching Pronation
Here's a video about pronation in the pitching arm. I believe that pronating the arm through your release point is better than a snapping of the wrist. By pronating, you will take a lot of pressure off of your elbow and get more movement on your pitches. So, it's a win, win, in my opinion. Watch the video if you're still confused.
#7 - Not about Pitching Mechanics
Ok, this one doesn't have anything to do with pitching mechanics but it is one of my favorite pitching videos so I thought that you might like to watch it. In this video I talk about Actual Velocity vs Perceived Velocity and how you can use that to disrupt a batters timing and balance and make pitching a lot easier. Watch this video now!
So, there you have it. Those are some of my philosophies on baseball pitching mechanics. I know it may be a little different than you have been taught, but give some of this stuff a chance.