By Bob Bennett

One of many winningest department I coaches of all time brings you over a hundred sensible, easy-to-teach pitching drills to aid coaches increase pitching excellence in gamers of all age teams. Covers lower-, middle-, and upper-body mechanics drills, drills for making improvements to speed and keep an eye on, fielding abilities, pickoff strikes, warming up and conditioning, or even drills for correcting universal flaws. Dozens of images and representation accompany the easy-to-understand textual content.

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This action should help him to keep his head aligned with his target. If both of his eyes are focused directly on his target, the rest of his body should follow. Fingers down. This term refers to the position of the pitcher's fingers as his pitching hand separates from his glove, as well as the position of his fingers as his pitching arm is lifted in preparation for his throw. The pitcher's fingertips should be pointed toward the ground during this movement. Forward wrist. This term refers to the position of the pitcher's wrist at the top of his throwing motion.

He then places his stride foot in front of his push-off foot. , the pitcher is simply drawing a pattern with his lead-leg toe). The toe of his stride foot should not leave the ground and should stay completely closed until the last few inches of the pattern. To conclude the pattern, the toe opens enough to align the toe and the foot toward the target. Both the front knee and the bottom part of the leg remain closed. The entire foot does not open. Only the toe of the stride foot should control the slight opening of the foot.

A common mistake by pitchers is to turn the heel over prematurely, a flaw that expends energy during the push-off and uses the power of the pitcher's back leg too soon. The purpose of the heel-over-at-finish is to allow the pitcher's arm to finish the throw. In other words, this action completes the pitcher's braking action and allows his arm to slow down naturally. Page 33 Drill #16: Push-off Knee Objective: To help the pitcher keep his stride knee inside his stride foot; to help the pitcher bend his stride knee.

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