We currently use the designated hitter and a pro mounds pitchers pocket. Would Wolforth’s pitchers pad and target pad have more value than the pitchers pocket? I have no idea what the included “system” on DVD involves and if it really improves command. I know Coach is not a fan of the pitchers power drive, but what is the assessment of the pitchers power stride? I’ve had several email exchanges with Jerry Spessard about his eagle eye home plate and I confess to be intrigued about training with that and the designated hitter. Any thought about the value of this as a training tool?
It’s not the device or the target that creates or improves command, it is what the pitcher does mentally prior to each pitch that creates or improves command of each pitch. Plus it is throwing enough pitches, while doing the imaging prior to each pitch, to each location in blocked sets so that there is enough volume of pitches to teach the brain how to teach the body to hit that spot over and over. The type of target is irrelevant. One thing you can do to make it fun is to hang a metal pie plate or a soft drink can as the goal for each location. The hitting the plate or can provides a stimulus to do it over and over again. Keep in fun. But make sure your son is not slowing down in order to hit the target. Then he becomes a dart thrower rather than a pitcher. Coach Mills
I just ordered the Pitchers Power Stride to test it out. I will provide a review on it after we test it with clients during lessons. I am not big in training aids but this may have some potential…unlike the Pitcher’s Power Drive which I do not like. Coach Mills
Thanks Coach. Any thought on the eagle eye? Its not available yet, but I really like the idea both for pitching and taking BP. One concern I had was with regard to the horizontal size of the zone. I was concerned that you’d have to locate over the plate for a strike as opposed to teaching to throw to the black which I assumed might not register with the device. Plus, at the youth level it’s not uncommon to see balls called strikes more than 6″ off the outside corner. Spessard indicated it can see pitches 3″ off the plate and they are hoping to expand this to 8″.
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