By Yvette Sims. Baseball Gear. Published at Thursday, July 12th, 2018 - 17:56:03 PM.
If you have executed proper back leg drive, then you are almost guaranteed to increase your stride speed. The faster you move your body sideways, the faster you will throw. Also, the faster the stride, the longer your stride will be. Once your foot strikes the ground you will transition into the most important aspect of the pitching mechanics: hip to shoulder separation. Hip to shoulder separation is responsible for about 80 percent of a pitchers potential velocity. At foot strike, your hips should be completely open towards home, and your upper body should still be closed. The greater the separation between the two haves, the more velocity you will be able to generate. Always use a camera when analyzing this part or any part of your mechanics. This is truly the only way to effectively improve your pitching mechanics.
And each pitch is like a chess move. You’ve thrown two fastballs in a row, so you might come in with a curveball to throw off the batter’s timing. However, he’ll expect that, so maybe you’ll throw a fastball inside before he can react to it. The catcher will signal to the pitcher what he thinks should happen; the pitcher might agree or might “shake him off” and consider the next suggestion. Or the coach signals the catcher what to do and he passes it on to the pitcher.
Within the 0-2 count, a pitcher can throw any pitch that he thinks will either produce an easy out or a strikeout. The best 0-2 pitches you can throw are ones that appear to be a strike, but are only inches away from the strike zone. This is because umpires will typically give pitchers a strike in 0-2 count if it’s close to the plate, and it should be just far enough to where the batter will have a difficult time making contact. The best strikeout pitches are a high fastball out the zone, a sharp breaking slider away, and a curveball in the dirt because batters are known for chasing this pitch. Follow these baseball pitching strategies, and you are guaranteed to dominate batters at all levels of competition.
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