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Guarantee Lower Body Engagement

 

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Lower Body Engagement is Instinctive

Your right-side brain.

  • Your right-side brain uses your left-brain driven front leg lift to determine how you end your stride.
  • Your right-brain reacts and is the more athletic side of your brain. 

Your left-side brain.

  • Your left brain controls your movements into your front leg lift.
  • Your left-side brain acts and is not nearly as athletic as your right-side brain.

Properly synchronize your left and right-side brains and you give yourself everything needed to engage your lower body.

Your front leg lift determines your lower body engagement.

Lower Body Engagement: When you end your front leg lift with your weight centered between your knees, your right-side brain uses your lower body to send your pitches directly into your target.

Searching for Lower Body Engagement; When you end your front leg lift with your weight over or well in front of your back foot, you’re forced to make the split-second, neurologically impossible arm slot adjustments that you hope are good enough to send your pitches directly into your target.

Cater to Your Right-Side Brain 

Well-planned left-brain actions into your front leg lift forces your right-brain to use your lower body to get your pitches to travel directly into your target. Do this and you find yourself challenging the best trained Hitters to make solid contact with any pitch you throw.

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Coach Skip Fast
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Your Inner Ear Determines Your Pitching Results

 

Your inner ear doesn’t care about your results.  It only cares about your balance.

Your inner ear constantly monitors your balance, continually sends your brain balance updates, and, to make sure you stay in balance, lets your mind commandeer your body parts.

Your inner ear turns pitching into a very black and white activity.

One choice is your inner ear realizes your body is in balance. In this instance, your inner ear frees your throwing arm to automatically send your pitches directly into your target.

The other choice is that your inner ear senses an imbalance. In this case, your inner ear  uses your throwing arm to keep your body in balance and, because your inner ear took control of your arm path, you never know with any certainty where any one pitch will end up.

With a focus on how your movements impact your inner ear, you develop a sustainable roadmap to pitching success.

There IS no middle ground.

Your movements either maintain your balance or create an imbalance. There is no middle ground.

This tells you there’s one, and only one, movement pattern that’ll get your inner ear to deliver your pitches where you want.

Control Your Inner Ear.

When your pitches regularly miss your target by an unacceptable distance, your inner ear is using your throwing arm for balance.

Unlike any pitching program anywhere, by helping you manage the signals your movements send to your inner ear, we guarantee you’ll produce the results you need to fulfill your wildest pitching dreams.

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Coach Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
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A One Size Pitching Motion DOES Fit All

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The facts show …

  1. Any single movement creates a ripple effect throughout your entire body.
  2. The ONLY outside influence on your chain reactions is gravity.
  3. By eliminating gravity from your motion and carefully managing your movements, your actions produce predictable responses with uncanny precision.

Armed with this information, there’s nothing stopping you from repeatedly sending your pitches directly into your intended target.

Your Sustainable ONE SIZE FITS ALL Model

Every efficient ONE SIZE FITS ALL motion contains these elements.

  • You begin your motion with your weight balanced just to the home plate side of your back foot,
  • Your front leg lift keeps your weight to the home plate side of your back foot.
  • From there. your glove side will turn your upper body, your upper body will turn your hips, your hip action will force you to stride, even while you stride and through the end of your stride your back hip will continue to move forward, and, to get your body back in balance, your body will make a throwing action that’ll send your pitches directly into your target with uncanny precision.

Your ONE SIZE FITS ALL delivery guarantees your results become very automatic, extremely predictable, and surprisingly simple to execute.

Stop Searching and Start Doing

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Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
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Stop “Feeling” for Your Target

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Fact: Your throwing action is a result of your body self-correcting your weight transfers.

Most Pitchers search for a “feel”

A Pitcher’s “feel” is the sensation they experience between their weight transfer out of their front leg lift and their throwing action.

If you’re like most Pitchers, when you experience the result you want, you associate your result with a “feel”.

However, unless you duplicate this “feel” from one outing to the next, you never really know where any one pitch is going to end up.

Find the right “feel” and your throwing arm sends your pitches directly into your intended target. Struggle to find the “feel” you want, and your throwing arm takes on a life of its own.

Elite Pitchers Don’t “Feel”, They Know.

Elite Pitchers come into their stride without having to shift their weight.

Instead, they generate a rotational force where they make their body end their stride with a glove side weight shift.

Elite Pitchers rely on their natural instincts to self-correct their glove side weight shift and automatically send their pitches directly into their target.

Their physical movement patterns remove the need to “feel” a productive arm slot and, as such, they can expect their pitches to go where they want and behave the way they expect.

Stop Searching and Start Doing

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Skip Fast
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Are You a Behavior or Results Driven Pitcher?

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“Behavior Driven Pitchers” Excel

“Behavior Driven Pitchers’” hand separations initiate their stride, their stride prompts their throwing action and their throwing action gets each pitch to travel directly into their intended target.

“Behavior Driven Pitchers” trust their body to help them succeed in a sport build around failure.

So much so that when a “Behavior Driven Pitcher” misses their target over the plate, they know their body puts so much late stage ball movement on the pitch that even professional Hitters will struggle to drive the ball.

“Results Driven Pitchers” Hope to Excel

As “Results Driven Pitchers” move down the mound, they use their throwing arm to keep their body in balance.

“Results Driven Pitchers” fail to realize or don’t want to accept the fact that once they begin to move down the mound, they’ve lost control of their throwing arm path.

Consequently, “Results Driven Pitchers” waste their valuable time trying to find a throwing arm path (they can’t control) to produce the results they want.

Much like a dog chasing his tail, if you’re a “Results Driven Pitcher”, until you change your focus from your results to your behaviors, your pitching career goes in circles.

Get Your Behaviors to Produce Your Results

Our programs produce “Behavior Driven Pitchers”. Want to join this elite group, but don’t know how? Visit the Pro Pitching Institute.

Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
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Is Your Pitching Career in a Death Spiral?

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Death Spirals

When army ants get separated from their main foraging group, they start following one another, the entire group begins walking in a circle, and, when they are completely exhausted, they die.

If you’re a Pitcher who starts their stride then separates their hands, you’re in the same death spiral as these army ants.

Pitching Death Spirals are All About Ineffective Sequencing

Any Pitcher who ends their front leg lift with their weight over their back foot won’t move toward their target until they stride.

If this describes you, the instant you stride your body will use your throwing arm to keep itself in balance.

When you use your throwing arm for balance, your pitching career is consumed with the impossible task of finding a way to generate the same arm slot in every outing on every pitch.

Stop Going in Circles

By ending your front leg lift with your weight balanced over your back foot, you can expect your pitches to travel directly into your intended target, you stop your death spiral and you take your pitching career in a much more productive direction.

Break Out Today

Want to break out of your pitching death spiral, but don’t know how? Let’s talk.

Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
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Add To Your Pitching Knowledge

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Balance

It’s a known fact that your body is either in balance or moving to get itself back in balance.

When you push off the rubber, you drive down the mound, use your throwing arm for balance, and lose control of your throwing arm into your release.

There’s another, more effective, pitching model.

The Best Pitchers Rotate Down the Mound and Use their Throwing Action to Get Back in Balance 

Rotating down the mound occurs as a result of you letting “your lower body” drive your motion.

  • An Alternate Storyline – Place a light weight on the end of a string, and slowly twirl the weight around your hand. Every time the weight completes a circle, the weight comes through the same spot and, even with a minimal hand action, produces so much energy that you’d think twice about putting your hand in the weight’s path.
  • The Pitching Elements within This Storyline
    – The string represents your throwing arm.
    – Your forearm and hand relate to your core.
    – The weight coming through the same spot all the time symbolizes your release window.
    – The energy the weight generates relates to your throwing arm whip
  • Rotating Down the Motion – When you end your front leg lift with an upright core, you can open your front shoulder to begin your rotation down the mound.
    Your front shoulder spin whips your throwing hand through the same spot on every pitch.
    Duplicate your front leg lift from one pitch to the next and you can expect your throwing arm to whip your pitches into your intended target.
  • Where can you see this? – Watch how frequently a Big-League Pitcher at the top of the Team’s depth chart delivers their pitches into their intended target.

If you move down the mound, can’t know where any one pitch will end, then let’s talk.

Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
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Is Your Pitching Coach Holding You Back?

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A Pitcher quickly finds out when he asks his Coach this question … “What can I do to get my lower body more involved in my motion?” 

  1. “I’M NOT SURE, BUT . . . “
    For starters, it’s okay not to be sure how to teach lower body engagement. But saying “I’m not sure” undercuts a Coach’s credibility and isn’t something a Pitcher wants to hear.
  1. “SORT OF” OR “KIND OF”
    When a Coach says, “I sort of think” or “I kind of suspect,” it’s clear they don’t really know how to teach lower body engagement and, as a result, is holding back your development.
  2. “MAYBE,” “POSSIBLY,” AND “POTENTIALLY”
    “Maybe,” “possibly,” “probably,” “basically,” “largely,” and “hopefully” are all phrases that smack of doubt. When you hear these phrases, the Coach flat out doesn’t know how to get your lower body more involved.
  3. USING THE PAST TENSE WHEN YOU MEAN THE PRESENT
    “I thought I should mention that . . . ” or, “I was thinking we should . . . “? are ways to present concepts without knowing the answer. Compare these past tense phrases to these clear messages “I want to mention . . .” and “I think we should . . .”. When your Coach answers your questions in the past tense, your pitching career might not go in the direction you want.
  1. TELLS YOU HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR LOWER BODY.
    Once you make the adjustments your Coach recommends and throw your first pitch, the fact you use less effort to deliver your pitch into your target tells you that you want to keep this Coach on your side.

If the 5th option sounds good to you, let’s talk.

Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
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Your Future is Written in How You Think About Your Lower Body

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You have two choices …

1. Treat your lower body as a separate action or

By treating your lower body engagement as a separate action, you tend to rely on your stride tempo to send your pitches into the strike zone. When your stride tempo drives your command, your stride tempo becomes something that can’t be guaranteed from one outing to the next.

2. You treat your lower body as a reaction .

By making subtle adjustments to your front leg lift position, without thinking about it, you  add your lower body to your current motion. By doing so, your throwing action becomes a physical reaction to your lower body activity, and, as a physical reaction, you can  expect your pitches to travel directly into your Catcher’s mitt. Better yet, you turn into the dominant Pitcher everyone wants on their Team.

If you want to turn your lower body engagement from something you do into something that happens, contact me.

Skip Fast
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“Winning Pitch Location Strategies©” Author/Coach
E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248
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The Survey Says … “Pitch Command”

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A survey of 120+ College Coaches and some Travel Ball, High School and Private Pitching Instructors asked participants to rate the most important pitching-related factors.

When asked to rank these factors in the order of importance, this is their response.

Command – 81%
Movement – 18%
Velocity – 1%

This survey contradicts the myth that velocity is what Coaches want to see. Coaches are looking for Pitchers who can locate their pitches within the strike zone over Pitchers with lights-out velocity.

Lower Body Engagement Drives Command.

Getting a Pitcher’s lower body to drive his results isn’t a conscious action. Lower body engagement is something a Pitching Coach adds to a Pitcher’s current stockpile of skills.

Once added, a Pitcher produces the command that’ll tease influential baseball people to sit up and take notice.

Experience Fastball Command Today

By adding a Pitcher’s lower body to their current delivery, the Pitcher’s body flows into release, a Pitcher’s command becomes much more sustainable and the Pitcher attracts next level attention.

Need better command? Need better lower body involvement? Want to attract next level Coaches? Let’s talk.

Skip Fast
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Instant Fastball Command Author/Coach
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