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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 […]

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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. Here are some principles to follow that not only make sense but are based on a more […]

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

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  as well as long distance throwing programs,  it would seem that boosting pitching performance at the high school and […]

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

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 their old way. This is very common and probably occurs more often than not […]

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

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 pitching velocity. However, there is no reliable evidence that Olympic lifts or heavy weight training […]

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What Pro Scouts Look for in Pitching Prospects

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 a high school pitcher start preparing for the draft or college? As soon as his […]

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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 […]

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Pro Scout Reveals Why Pitchers Should Move Down The Mound Faster

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 170 pounds but has shown the capability to throw 100 mph. Chapman has […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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