Where does Velocity Come From?

This is something that has been a hot topic for years, and everyone has his or her own idea of the best way to gain velocity.  I’ve tried it all, weighted balls, rubber bands, weights, long toss, straps, weighted gloves, special workouts, and power necklaces.  In my professional opinion, velocity comes from three main things: strength, flexibility, and mechanics.  Pitchers must be strong throughout their entire body.  Velocity starts from the legs and hips, goes up through the core, and finally to the shoulder and arm.  A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  I promote a full body workout that focuses on major muscles and even strength.  Range of motion in the shoulders, hips, and legs is extremely important!  

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Keeping Mistakes to A Minimum

There are a lot of mistakes that can be made by a pitcher; it’s going to happen no matter what.  If you could eliminate mistakes all together you would be pitching in the show, but that’s not realistic.  I am going to talk about minimizing the biggest mistake of all, leaving that fastball of yours right down the middle.  

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Ice or no ice?

There are two different thoughts on what pitchers should do after they throw in a game, put ice on your arm or not.  

Theory one is that when you pitch, muscles tear in your arm and then they begin to swell and bleed.  If you put ice on your throwing arm it is supposed to stop the bleeding faster and help pitchers get ready for their next outing.  Some would say that it significantly shortens your recovery time.  

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Pitching backwards, or just being smart?

Are hitters really better in 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, and 3-1 counts? I think not!! Pitchers are just more predictable. Those are fastball counts, everyone in the ball park knows that when the pitcher needs to throw a strike he sticks with his go to pitch, fastball. Pitchers get nerves when they get in trouble and throw the pitch that they know they can throw for a strike. I’d way rather throw a change up and risk throwing a ball, then serve up a fastball and risk giving up a hit. What I just don’t understand is that old saying from so many coaches “I would rather you give up a home run than walk a guy”. REALLY? I sure wouldn’t!

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