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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Coaching Baseball Pitchers - Two Flaws That Reduce Pitch Velocity

By Nick Dixon

I hope all is well with you and your team. Just wanted to mention two flaws that reduce pitch velocity. These flaws are common of younger pitchers. The two flaws are:

1. Short Striding - A pitchers stride should be at least 2/3 of his total height. If the pitcher is stepping and not striding, the pitcher will not generate the optimum velocity on his fastball. The pitcher should stride on a straight line or slightly closed on a straight line to the plate.
2. Early Body Rotation - Many pitchers begin the rotation of the hips and torso prematurely. The pitcher will generate maximum velocity when he rotates at about 60 to 75 percent into his stride. When a pitchers rotates too early, the pitcher is thrwoing or pitching with only the arm. To generate maximum velocity the pitcher should stride and then rotate after the strike foot lands.

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