There comes a point when your son will stop listening to you.
Why? Because you tell your son what you want him to do without telling how to do it.
To avoid this, you need to realize are three elements to pitching instruction.
Understand what needs to be improved,
2. Understand why the improvement will elevate your son’s performance, and
3. Most importantly, understand how to improve the motion without changing your son’s throwing action.
What your son wants to do is elementary … he needs to make his performance as simple and automatic as possible.
Fail to Improve.
Fulfill each element and you’re golden.
On the other hand, Dads who realize they don’t understand how to teach their son what he should be doing need to seek professional guidance.
Need help with your son’s motion? Coach Skip is waiting for your call.
Pitchers who work on their lower body engagement are putting the proverbial cart before the horse.
Getting your lower body to drive your motion isn’t something you do … it’s a consequence of what you do.
The Secret to Using Your Lower Body.
Using your lower body is the result of using your foot placements and legwork to keep your body in balance as your front foot comes off the ground, then using your front leg lift to maintain your balance.
Finishing your front leg lift in balance allows you to use an upper body rotation to spin your entire body down the mound.
Use Your Throwing Action for Balance.
It’s at the point the magic happens.
Your full-body rotation puts your body in self-correction mode.
Without having to do anything else, your mind senses your movement, and, to stabilize yourself, immediately gets your front foot back on the ground.
How You End Your Stride
Your stride’s end stops your lower body rotation in its tracks and, to get back in balance, forces you to use your throwing action to deliver your fastballs directly into your intended target.
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Like walking a balance beam, once your mind senses your hips aren’t level, you instinctively use your arms to balance your lower body.
On the other hand, when your mind senses your lower body is in balance, you can use your arms any way you want
Your Body Only Works One Way.
This is the way your body works, and things don’t change just because you’re pitching.
When pitching, anytime you miss your target, you can be sure it happened because some weight shift caused you to use your throwing arm for balance.
How to Improve Your Fastball Command?
Armed with this understanding, once you resolve the cause of your imbalance, you’re much more likely to end your stride with your lower body in balance and your throwing arm free to send your pitches where you want with uncanny regularity
Therefore, next-level fastball command comes from you using your lower body balance to naturally and consistently send your pitches directly into your intended target.
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