Posts made in May 2020

A Biologically Based Look at Your Throwing Action

A Biologically Based Look at Your Throwing Action

The Evolution of Lower Body Engagement

The only way to truly maximize your lower body rotation is by balancing on one foot and opening your front shoulder.

When you do this, your spinning action tells your body you may be in jeopardy of getting hurt.

To stabilize the situation, your body places your front foot back on the ground.

When your front foot hits the ground, it’s your connection with the ground that causes your hips, when compared to your shoulders, to over rotate.

Your body’s drive to get your shoulders parallel to your hips forces your under rotated shoulders to catch up with your hips.

Your shoulders catching up with your hips whips your throwing hand into release.

Creating a Lower Body Throwing Action

Lower body engagement begins with your hands separating at the same time your stride begins.

Your hand separation opens your front shoulder and sets off the cascading series of events described above.

As a consequence, you see your throwing arm whipping into release, your ball ending up where you expect and you challenging the best hitters to make solid contact with your pitches.

Measuring Your Lower Body Involvement

Your lower body is driving your results when …

Your Motion – Your hands separate at the same time you begin your stride.

Your Results – You expect each pitch to end up where you planned.

Your Opponent – Your Opponent’s tendency is to miss your mistakes.

Finding Solutions

Failure to experience any of these indicators means you need to pay more attention to your movements into your front leg lift.

Need help with your front leg lift? Let’s talk.

Skip Fast
Pro Pitching Institute
“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

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Copyright © 2020, Pro Pitching Institute.

5 Confidence Builders

5 Confidence Builders | Pro Pitching Institute

5 Confidence Builders

Use these 5 confidence builders to remove the toxicity from your pitching and give yourself the confidence required to experience more success every time you take the mound.

  • Stop living in the past.

Learn from the past and always move forward.

  • Learn to control and manage your thoughts.

Stay focused on the movement patterns you know produce the best results.

  • Use trends to improve.

Instead of making arbitrary adjustments, use your performance trends to pinpoint areas needing improvement.

  • Adjust your footwork.

Anytime you want to improve, begin by changing your footwork, then use your results to measure your adjustments and work from there.

  • Never beat yourself up.

You’ll always experience ups and downs, but, overall, when a larger portion of your pitches end up closer to your target than in the past, you are getting better.

What’s in your future?

Follow these simple recommendations and, rather than trying to produce the results you think you need, have the confidence to be the best version of yourself and know, with the right focus, you have what it takes to succeed against the best hitters at the highest levels.

Want to have the confidence to expect every pitch to go where you want with the late stage movement you need to succeed? Let’s talk!

Skip Fast
Pro Pitching Institute
“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

#ElitebyChoice

Copyright © 2020, Pro Pitching Institute.

Only One Approach Produces Pitching Success!

Only one approach produces pitching success.

Managing the way you think to move produces better, more sustainable, pitching results than trying to manage the way you see your body move.

The Most Elite Pitchers Use an Inside/Out Approach

When examined closely, 5% of all Pitchers use an Inside/Out process to achieve the elite pitching results you dream of having.

An Inside/Out Mental Process lets your foot placements (the outside) use your body’s inherent reaction patterns to drive your results (the inside).

  • Your foot placements drive your body position at the top of your front leg lift.
  • Your front leg lift body position determines your throwing arm path.
  • Your throwing arm path impacts where the pitch ends up.

With an Inside/Out approach, you stop trying and start producing the elite results you always dreamed you have.

The Rest of the Pitchers Use an Outside/In Approach

Until examined more closely, you represent the 95% of all Pitchers who  use an Outside/In Approach to try and manage your reactions (the outside) as if they were controllable actions (the inside).

Typically, an Outside/In Approach deals with the movements you see as you move from your front leg lift into your release.

  • When you experience an unacceptable result, you think to adjust your arm slot.
  • You use trial-and-error to figure out the arm angle that’ll improve your last pitch results.
  • Finally, you use muscle memory to reinforce your new arm slot.

With Outside/in Approach, you feel like you’re always wondering where your next pitch is going to end up.

Effective foot placements produce remarkably consistent results

Your foot placements supply the prompts guaranteed to produce 5%’er results. If you’re a Pitcher or a Pitching Dad who wants to know about their current foot placement, let’s talk.

Skip Fast
Pro Pitching Institute
“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
#ElitebyChoice

Copyright © 2020, Pro Pitching Institute.