Walter, Great point. I believe that the Mizuno cleats also do not have a spike in the middle. Nick
Hello everyone, I just thought that I would share a piece of information her about cleats. I purchased a new pair of Nikes after my pair of Pumas for over 4 years. My Pumas went through my junior year summer, senior school year and summer, and almost my entire first 3 years of college. They held up very nicely. Then these Nikes lasted only about 5-10 outings. One of my teammates had 3 pairs of Nikes that broke down last year. The left shoes (of this RHP) all looked like they could go back up on a store shelf, but the right ones looked like they had come out of war zone. I could not have been more upset. I spent a lot of money on those shoes and they already had a rip in them. Fortunately, I was able to talk the guy at Dick’s Sporting Goods into letting me exchange them. I now have a pair of Under Armor cleats, so we’ll see how they work. But, the point of this post is to warn everyone against buying Nikes and to recommend Pumas. I will never buy Nike again. -Nick
I am all about getting a good surface to pitch from, but I have done just fine using indoor/outdoor carpet on my wooden mound. There is not a real difference in my opinion from that and a real mound other than that my wooden one does not get torn up. It seems you could save yourself a great deal of trouble and money. Nick
Look at it. Short stride, no intention to move fast- then he just slings it up there sidearm. It looks like something I’d see before a beer league softball game. Nick
That looks WEAK.
Here is my video from a session this past Sunday. Unfortunately, something I ate caused me to get stomach cramps and I had to stop early. This also probably kept me from moving as fast as I would have liked. Anyway, here is the video. Somehow, the view from behind did not transport into Youtube- I will get it up in a couple of days. Mr. Mills, I would greatly appreciate a response to the questions I asked in the original post.
YouTube – Bullpen 8-09-09
Mr. Mills, I would agree with 1514dad. I know I would be attracted to a program that told me that the only limits are how hard I can work. I mentioned the book “Talent is Overrated” and I think a quote from that book may be helpful. In one part, the author talks about how there is no such thing as “natural” talent; great results are achieved only through hard work. In another part, he talks about how important coaching is. So, right now, many of the potential customers out there could be working really hard, just at the wrong things. Here, they will get the most out of their time becaue they will be concentrating on the things that increase velocity. They will have great feedback in the forum from you and the other members. In this program, you will have GREAT coaching and your only limit is yourself; not anything genetic or poor coaching. This program puts all the power in your hands. -Nick
Tim and Randy, You guys were very right. I needed to stay over a “straight” back leg at the beginning of my motion. Having my knee “collapse” towards home was absolutely killing my velocity and accuracy. It was EXTREMELY frustrating to be able to throw with nice velocity and movement and good rhythm. As soon as I got on the mound though, I could not get that same feel that I had when I was not on the mound. I think that I was too focused on getting a long stride that I did not load up correctly. So, Tom, you were correct as well. I did not get very aggressive going down the mound because I did not load correctly to get in a position to be able to move really aggressively. I have a little video on my computer of the new load, but I messed up the video a little bit, so I will wait until I tape next to get the video up. This is the breakthrough I have been waiting for. I think that the next time I put video up, I will have finally put it together and be ready to get some new feedback and focus on a new set of mechanical problems. -Nick
Ok guys, here is my video that I made last week. I am taping again tonight so I will have that video up shortly too.
YouTube – Bullpen 7-25-09
I might actually have to side with the Red Sox on this one. If they have a test for shoulder strength and he fails it, wouldn’t it be stupid to let him throw while his shoulder is too weak. To me, it sounds like Daiske needs to get some functional training done and get that shoulder stonger which will allow him to practice more. Nick
I have heard the best way to use creatine is to take 5-10 grams a day for 3 weeks, then stop taking it for 3 weeks.
I do have a video posted in the “Video Evaluations” forum under a thread called “Making Strides- Need You Help!,” but is from 3 weeks ago. I have taken video since then, but I really threw poorly that day and analysis of that video would not be beneficial since I have some obvious problems on it. I am going to try to video tonight and I will post it on this thread so that you can take a look at it. -Nick
I looked around and cannot find the sheet that has the call-in # and time to talk to Mr. Mills. Does anyone know the time and the # to call? Nick
Ok, I have a few questions- they are kind of hard to describe in writing, so I will try to do my best. Q1: (The easiest one) My landing foot lands a little bit on the first base side of the midline. Is this a big problem. When I correct it to land on the midline, it feels like I am landing on the 3rd base side- pretty uncomfortable, but that is likely because I have thrown the other way for so long. Q2: When I look at the ground right in front of the rubber where my back foot is planted and then comes through in my motion, I see that my foot makes a little bit of “C”- so it starts out going towards first base then swings back around towards third before it gets off the ground for my follow through. Is this a problem? Q3: When I take my right arm back and then start to bring it up, by the time it reaches my shoulder height, my forearm is parallel to the ground. I have not seen other pitchers in this position, so I do not know if it is ok or something I should try to correct. Although I would not call this a hitch, it appears this is a spot that my arm slows down just a little bit. It also appears that I slightly lift with my elbows. Is this kind of arm action, ok? Q4: Also, there are a couple of times that it looks like both my elbows are behind my back which leads to “forearm flyout.” If you were to watch my arm come through to deliver the ball, it starts going towards home, then “flies out” towards third, only to be corrected back towards home. I have heard that this type of movement creates arm problems and I think that the times my arm feels tight is because of this “flyout.” Is this a true problem or something that I should not be concerned about? Sorry these questions are so long- that is why I thought it would be easier if I just called, but here they are. -Nick
I read a book by Geoff Colvin called “Talent is Overrated” which had many of the same concepts as this book. It was really an eye-opener for me and has helped my motivation. It really made me wish I had discovered Mr. Mills’ program sooner. I worked hard at baseball when I was younger (at least for my age) but I was working towards the wrong things. All the time and energy spent on the balance point and other BS did me no help. Now, I have just one year of baseball left, but that book has helped convince me that I am not doomed because of genetics to be an inferior pitcher. Hard work towards the right kinds of things will lead to success. Even my workouts in the gym have gotten more intense. Even at the beginning of the summer when I was as motivated as I thought I could be, I did not see myself working THIS hard at the game. We’ll see if it pays off. One thing is for sure- I will have no regrets that I should have put more effort into baseball. Read it, you’ll love it and it will change your outlook on the game. -Nick