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Are Pitching Drills Really a Good Tool to Improve Poor Mechanics?

Prior to about 2004,  I too once believed that pitching drills were the "Holy Grail" of teaching and correcting mechanical faults.   After reading what the research says about the value of pitching drills for improving mechanics...I no longer feel that way, in fact, I believe drills may be one of the biggest reasons why pitchers...

Coach Mills on February 25, 2014 | No Comments

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10 Principles For Developing High Velocity Pitching Mechanics

There are many different approaches today on how to teach pitchers how to improve their pitching velocity and still develop good mechanics. However, few rely on evidence based sports science research methods to verify why those methods work. [caption id="attachment_5641" align="alignright" width="267"] Preseason High School All American junior lefty client throwing upper 80's displays explosive...

Coach Mills on January 16, 2014 | No Comments

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Why Doesn’t Long Toss Improve Pitching Velocity Or Overall Performance?

[caption id="attachment_5623" align="alignright" width="263"] Compared side by side pitching mechanics from the mound do not resemble long toss mechanics[/caption] In this day and age of advanced knowledge of pitching biomechanics,  off-season and in-season strength and conditioning programs,  advanced pitching clinics, franchised baseball schools, dozens upon dozens of pitching drills,  pitching training aids of all sorts ...

Coach Mills on December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

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What Is The Best Way To Improve Pitching Mechanics So That Changes Stick?

[caption id="attachment_5510" align="alignright" width="345"] Dick and Ryan Mills demonstrate proper arm position at landing[/caption] Improving pitching mechanics so that needed adjustments stick is challenging. Many pitchers, although they want to make changes in their mechanics and have good intentions, find that the improvements they hoped to make do not stick. So they revert back to...

Coach Mills on July 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

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Why Baseball Pitchers Should Not Do Olympic Lifts To Improve Pitching Velocity

[caption id="attachment_5476" align="alignright" width="183"] Olympic lifts provide no performance benefits for pitchers and are dangerous[/caption] Should baseball pitchers be doing explosive strength exercises such as Olympic lifts or any type of heavy weight lifting in order to enhance pitching velocity? Pitchers are being told that Olympic lifts or explosive weight lifting exercises help pitchers improve...

Coach Mills on June 25, 2013 | 8 Comments

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What Pro Scouts Look for in Pitching Prospects

[caption id="attachment_5468" align="alignright" width="300"] Former student Shane Martin - Phillies 9th Round Pick in 2013[/caption] The MLB amateur draft is an exciting time of year. Most of you know that we went through it twice with my son Ryan, the first time out of high school and then as a junior at ASU. When should...

Coach Mills on June 22, 2013 | No Comments

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The Pitching Velocity Formula

Another issue of The Pitching Factor with another pitching velocity tip. The first tip today is going to be about moving the body fast to improve pitching velocity. About 90% of the pitchers we see, whether we’re doing Video Analysis or they come here for lessons, are moving their body too slow. Their tempo is...

Coach Mills on May 10, 2013 | 3 Comments

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Pro Scout Reveals Why Pitchers Should Move Down The Mound Faster

[caption id="attachment_929" align="aligncenter" width="343"] Chapman moving down the mound like a bullet train[/caption] Pitchers like Tim Lincecum and Aroldis Chapman are tough to hit – not just because they throw fast, but because they both move down the mound at the hitter faster than nearly all other MLB pitchers. Remember, Lincecum is only 5'10" and...

Coach Mills on September 24, 2011 | 3 Comments

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8 Steps To Improve Pitching Velocity Using Proper Lead Arm Action

For baseball pitchers to increase fastball velocity, the non-throwing arm (lead glove arm) provides rotational forces to the hips and trunk which pull the arm through at high speed. This is illustrated in the above video. In order to increase either hip or trunk rotation speed, you must increase the forward momentum, or your speed...

Coach Mills on May 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

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4 Common Sense Strategies to Improve Pitching Velocity

Strategy Is Crucial Almost every amateur pitcher and many minor league pitchers would like to improve their pitching velocity. But using the right strategy is the key to success or failure. Most pitchers are wasting over 50% or more of their practice time using methods that will not have much impact on improving their velocity....

Coach Mills on December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

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