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Lesson Look In: A Lesson In Finishing

Written By: Justin Orenduff

Young pitchers have a tendency to be overanxious at times in their delivery, leading to the throwing arm not fully finishing back into the body.  From my experience, the activation of the mind to essentially say “GO!” is directly linked to the personality of the player.  Whether on the mound or playing catch, the front foot needs to stabilize into the ground prior to the forward rotation of the trunk.

You can tell most players this concept all day, but in order for them to truly grasp how to do it, you must create the feeling of the intended action.  Yesterday, Seth came in for his lesson, and we went over this exact concept of fully finishing back into the body. Seth has always had a tendency to be overanxious but now it’s just on the mound at a higher intensity.  He’s learning to feel his body stay grounded and continue his energy forwards through his target without pulling his head.

Check out his initial evaluation video.

Seth Initial Evaluation Video

 The clip below is a portion Seth’s lesson where we introduce a training drill that allows him to feel the sensation of staying connected into the ground while his chest, head, and arm complete the finish. 

Training Drill

Twenty minutes after the introduction of the drill, we can see a new pattern of consistency within his finish.

An Improved Finish

Seth and his Dad came into the program in hopes to find more accuracy from the mound.  He had a fast arm, but a tendency to be erratic at times in games.  Over the last few months, Seth has worked to learn the foundation of how to throw a baseball, and recently how to trust letting his body completely finish.  Yesterday was his best lesson yet, but it was also the best his overall mechanics have been off the mound.  His improved pattern is leading to a higher number of quality strikes off the mound; directly leading to improved performance in game situations.

Justin Orenduff, Leader of the Pitching Rebellion

15 thoughts on "Lesson Look In: A Lesson In Finishing"

  1. Al Strane says:

    Great training video of the young man pitching in the most recent Newsletter. But what really caught my eye was the young man hitting two cages to the right. He was raking. How old was he and how long has he been in the program. Great work. Al

    1. Al,

      Thanks for the comment. And that particular hitter has been in the program for almost 2 years! They both are doing well.

      Thanks,

      Justin

    2. Jon Ball says:

      The guy two cages down does not finish his swing. He needs to have his shoulders switch places, not get lazy and let go with one hand and stop his shoulder turn early.

      1. Chas Pippitt says:

        Jon,

        Go to the 2:13 mark of the 2nd video in the article…pause it.

        How much farther do you want him to turn? His chest is to the camera…

        A one hand finish isn’t “Lazy” is bio-mechanically correct…for proper and safe deceleration of an explosive swing. It limits stress on the lower back and SI joint…

        Chas–

      2. Gabe Dimock says:

        Jon,

        At one point during the video, the hitter was working on releasing the barrel. In order to work on this we did a drill where he doesn’t finish his turn on purpose. This may have been what you were seeing.

        -Gabe Dimock

  2. James Clark says:

    I bought the bat drag buster when it was first released. As a fastpitch coach, I’ve used it on many kids ranging from 7-18 years old. Its like magic. Especially with the 7-8 yr olds, possibly because they don’t have as much muscle memory, and are a bit more adaptive. I’ve endorsed the product on a couple of forums because it works. Thanks for the tips and keep up the awesome work.
    Sincerely, James

  3. Don Ervin says:

    Justin,
    You guy’s bring out great informative baseball on this site.
    There are two words that are spoken quite often in the baseball community which are used improperly,
    #1. Prevent and or prevention of arm, elbow and shoulder injuries leading to possible surgery, there is not a possible way to prevent such injuries, we can only hopefully minimize such injuries.
    Prevent means to stop or keep from happening., to make impossible
    #2. Muscle memory.
    There is no such thing as muscle memory, muscles do not possess memory capabilities, It is brain memory process, Muscle memory is a misnomer.
    Great Base Ball-N
    Don Ervin

    1. Don,

      Thanks for reading and your comments are noted. I guess Smokey The Bear’s message to young kids about preventing forest fires is wrong too.

  4. Don Ervin says:

    Justin,
    Great to hear from you,
    It is great to converse with baseball people such as yourself who are not stuck in old conventional baseball nonsense.
    First off I compliment you on your video, demo. and comments on, “Should pitchers push off of the rubber”? which is a great teaching tool among many others you guy’s bring out on this very informative site.
    No, Smokey the Bear’s message is not wrong but his message has absolutely nothing to do with the so called missused word prevention pertaining to elbow and shoulder injuries leading to possible surgeries, there are ways to prevent fires depending on human actions. not so during the throwing arm movement/motion, We can only hope to minimize the possibility of throwing arm injury’s.
    The throwing arm/elbow/and shoulder are highly susceptable to injury leading to possible surgery every time they are violently moved through the throwing movement / motion.
    The near epidemic situation throughout all levels of baseball especially within the pitching community speaks for itself.
    Great BaseBall-N
    Don Ervin

    1. Chas Pippitt says:

      Don,

      …great comment…

      Chas–

  5. Blane says:

    What are some tips or drills for fixing a fast arm? I always needed one for second base but now I am moving to centerfield. And by fast arm I mean that when my foot hits my arm is already in the L position.

    1. Blane,

      Your arm should be in the vertical position when your foot hits but your pelvis needs to have rotated. The length of your arm path needs to match the movement of your lower half for proper timing/sequencing.

      Thanks,

      Justin

      1. Blane says:

        What do you mean by vertical position?

        1. The forearm is at a 90 degree angle (ball in line with head).

          Thanks,

          Justin

          1. Blane says:

            Can you provide a picture?

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