By Bob Bennett
One of many winningest department I coaches of all time brings you over a hundred useful, easy-to-teach pitching drills to assist coaches improve pitching excellence in avid gamers of all age teams. Covers lower-, middle-, and upper-body mechanics drills, drills for making improvements to speed and keep watch over, fielding talents, pickoff strikes, warming up and conditioning, or even drills for correcting universal flaws. Dozens of pictures and representation accompany the easy-to-understand textual content.
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Extra info for 101 Pitching Drills
As the skill level of the pitcher progresses, it is extremely important to continue to maintain proper balance. If when moving to other segments of his delivery, the pitcher starts to lose his ability to properly maintain his balance, he should stop and go back to the weight-shift part of the drill. As in the isolated feet drill, it is important to remember the relationship of the knee to the foot. The push-off knee should be in front of the push-off foot, while the knee of the stride foot should be inside the stride foot.
This term refers to the correct position of the pitcher's push-off foot when he places it on or in front of the pitching rubber to begin his throwing motion. It also refers to his stride foot as it is planted, as well as the finish of his follow-through. Unlocked knees. Weight on inside of foot. This term applies to either of the pitcher's feet. When either of his feet touches the ground, his weight should be placed on the inside of that foot, with the bulk of the ball of that foot as the focal point.
Level eyes. This term describes the proper position of the pitcher's eyes at the beginning of, during, and at the end of his throwing motion. Keeping his eyes level with his target ensures a proper angle and improves the direction of his body parts toward the target as well. Locked knees. On top of the ball. This term refers to the position of the pitcher's fingers as they grip the ball. This position encourages a proper angle at the top of his throw, and his fingers should be on top of the ball at this point.