Here is a book I wrote on Momentum Pitching back in 2007. The title: One Answer To Pitching Velocity
If your son is a youth pitcher and you want to improve his velocity, Momentum Pitching is the easiest and fastest way to add 5-7 mph to his fastball.
You are probably wondering why didn’t Momentum Pitching take off? Only one reason… The lack of education and understanding by the large majority of high school coaches.
They simply did not understand the benefit of momentum and moving down the mound faster without a leg lift for improving velocity and making it less comfortable for hitters. Plus, one of our more successful Momentum Pitchers used it not to gain velocity so much as to improve his control. The off-shoot was his velocity went from 78 mph to 87 mph in just 5 weeks.
We still have successful high school and college pitchers who use Momentum Pitching. One high school sophomore lefty who is 6’1″ 145 lbs is throwing 85 right now and has hit 91 mph as a Momentum Pitcher. His coach left him alone. If he continues to improve and remains healthy I honestly believe he may be our first MLB Momentum Pitcher. And as a sophomore he is already getting letters from top D1 programs.
The key is to get comfortable with Momentum Pitching. It’s easy to learn and easy to teach and because it is so different it will not interfere with a normal pitching motion. However, once you see how effective Momentum Pitching is I don’t think you will ever look back.
The key is to get successful with it and thus there is less chance that your future high school coach will mess with you because you will be throwing harder with better control than most of the other pitchers and with better overall performance.
I will be posting several videos of Momentum Pitching.
However, read the book all the way through before you start asking questions about the book since more than likely I will have covered all your questions in the book.
The value of this ebook is $49. Why? Because when my son Ryan read this book right after I wrote it he said, Dad…you have to sell this book for $49. That is what my son Ryan felt it was worth. And Ryan is not easily impressed.
You however, get it for FREE as a Pitching.com Insider.
Thank you Coach Mills, this is full of great information.?? I may print an extra copy and wallpaper my sons room so he can see it every day when he wakes up and before he goes to bed. Thanks Again for what you do and provide. John
Thank you very much.??
The video below is Thomas who started at the age of 11 as a momentum pitcher.?? He is 12 here.??
I will be posting more instructional videos of Thomas and walk you through all the key points on momentum pitching.
If my son Ryan was just starting out, this is what I would be teaching him as a youth pitcher.
Just watch the videos and notice what he is doing without a leg lift.
It is the leg lift that slows pitchers down and complicates the entire delivery.??
Many youth pitchers are not able to stabilize their body or back leg during the leg lift.?? Momentum pitching eliminates that problem.
Make sure you read the entire ebook because it tells you everything you need to know and how to talk intelligently about why a leg lift has no benefit for pitchers at any level.
If your son is struggling with velocity, this is the easiest and fastest way to produce an extra 5-7 mph or more.
Post your comments and questions.
Thanks Coach.????We have purchased several of your DVD’s and are very happy with them and have implemented your teachings with our boys as well as their youth league.?? I happened to find your old book on Momentum Pitching on ebay and purchased it, but truthfully was somewhat afraid to try it.?? After watching the video it really hammered home the benefits of this style. The sad part is the lack of knowledge and also pride that is a part of so many coaches. As a father I have been helping assistant coach for over?? six years and I happen to have a degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, which has helped some of the other coaches in our league to take me seriously, but there is still resistance. We actually brought in a college coach and ex-MLB player to put on a coaching clinic, free for the coaches and paid by the league, and less than half showed up. Thanks again for posting the video and I hope your subscribers realize the value in your book. Take care. Glade
Dear Coach Mills, Thank you for posting your new e-book on momentum pitching. ??While looking at the sequence of Daisuke Matsuzaka (page 9), I thought I saw a few faults. ??It appears that his trunk is behind his lead knee at ball release, which is probably due to his over-striding (his knee is well behind his front foot). ??In the last frame, it looks as though his front knee has drifted forward a great deal. ??Also, he does not appear to straighten his front leg in his follow through (maybe because he is not able to manage his long stride). ??Am I mistaken in these observations, Coach Mills??? Thank you. Peter ??
Yes…with coaches and all the traditional beliefs…it is a fight.??
However, whether a pitcher uses a leg lift or not…the value of momentum pitching is that moving faster is the key to not only more velocity but less comfort for the hitter.
MP is very easy to teach and to learn.??
I hope some youth parents will take a risk and try it as most youth pitchers fight themselves because of a lack of strength and stability with the back leg.?? Momentum Pitching reduces or even eliminates that back leg collapsing problem.
I have not looked a video of Dice K for some time.?? He is not a momentum pitcher but just an example of how moving slow, like most Japanese pitchers reduces momentum and velocity.
Yes…he does release behind his front leg.
It was the Americanization of Dice K that ruined his career.
We can look at his mechanics at a later time.
My RH son, who is now 14, started working the momentum pitching during his 9U season when I purchased the DVD & I believe it had a book or pamphlet? He soon became the hardest thrower on his team although just average to below average size. Many strikes located low in the zone (thanks to many paractice bullpens) very dominant. VERY explosive to the plate. During his 12U season, for some reason, he just became less comfortable with the step back. I think he just had a complex about being different. I talked as positive as I could about how he was so dominant & momentum was why. He bagan to get more away from the step back & more to a slight angle step. Epilogue. After a freak liver injury cost him the entire 13U season last year, he is back, healthy, throwing,??made the freshman team and I am working so hard to fix many faults he never had! In the windup, he never really gets his weight on the back leg (never was an issue with momentum pitching) Actually throws 2-3 miles an hour faster from the stretch! Also opens up the front shoulder too soon as the lead arm does not stay out front long enough. (never was an issue with momentum pitching) I look at old video & compare to today & wish I could talk him back into it!! There were other faults, but momentum helped do many things correct. I really hope that lefty sophmore makes it with nobody changing him because it is really smart to use momentum pitching. It leaves the pitcher with less time to make errors. Pat
I hear you loud and clear.
Could you possibly post his old video and new video as well.??
I get regular updates on the lefty from Florida.?? I see a future 95 mph plus MP.?? Yes…he goes through that stuff all the time but seems to relish it because he knows how hard he has worked on it since he was 9 as well, and how effective it is against hitters.
Has your son seen the Fernando Rodney video??? There is another way.
Thanks for the post.
Coach, ??The old video is on tape but there may be a way to upload it. Yes, we have viewed Rodney. As I stated, when my son throws similar to this he throws 2-3 MPH faster on the gun. Video shows that in the stretch??he starts with his head over his back leg. But in the windup he is stuck somewhere between momentum and not. Meaning, in momentum, after the step back you are pretty much moving straight forward as you are pivoting & pushing seemingly all at the same time. Now, in windup, he takes a small step sort of on an angle, a bit to the side, a bit back. But as he goes to lift his leg & pivot, he is pushing toward the plate like momentum pitching so he never really gets on his back leg for a stronger push. He sees it on video & it is getting better. I will attempt a video upload. Pat
Coach In the video of Thomas above it seems that he is throwing with his arm completely at ball release. Is that right or wrong?
or is he not throwing with his arm at ball release?
OK, Coach Mills—now I am confused! This sounds like a direct contradiction to what is in your video about proper mechanics for youth pitchers! Is this a sort of updated version of what you are encouraging? I have used your youth pitchers video to help our kids start to learn proper mechanics, but from skimming through it, it’s totally different–i.e., not standing with side of foot against the rubber, etc. Help me figure out how best to transition them to this approach without totally throwing them for a loop (pun intended!) I feel like my 10 yr. son needs help generating more momentum so this is intriguing to me…but why would you start us down one road the youth pitching video and then have us switching to momentum pitching? Help, please…
Hoping Coach Mills will chime in here! Still not quite sure how to transition properly from the Youth Pitching videos to this method. Help??? Thanks so much.
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