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The first thing people ask of a baseball pitcher is, "How fast does he throw?"
Fortunately, there is more to pitching than just overall speed, although that is a necessary thing as pitchers move up the baseball ladder. Even the fastest of pitchers fail without other ingredients for success. Pitching success comes down to the ability to perform well in three areas pitching mechanics (delivery), variety of pitches and the mental game.
Following are pitching tips for success, which detail the key elements in each of those categories.
Pitching begins with good throwing mechanics styled into ballet like actions to deliver balls over home plate. There is no substitute for correct throwing mechanics so players reach their arm-strength potential, without major injury. The correct throwing mechanics include:
Pitching involves the correct throwing mechanics with a couple of power build-up and release adjustments:
Pitchers deliver balls with 95 to 100 percent arm speed on all pitches, with ball movement and speed variation determined by different ball grips and hand locations. Following are the most common pitches:
Of course, all pitches are only as good when controlled. Throwing pitches to the desired location side of plate and height - is necessary and takes a great amount of fundamental repetition. Pitchers who can repeat their pitching mechanics have the best chance of having the necessary control.
Besides the physical aspect of pitching and the various pitches available, the mental game of pitching is crucial for success. Following are pitching tips for the mental edge:
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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