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