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Back to basics in the offseason with reach, track, fire

If you felt like you weren’t at your best at the end of the fall season, take a look at today’s video to find out how to get back on track this off-season!

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Phil

Phil Schonberg is a co-founder of Fastpitch Power, inc. He teaches all aspects of fastptich softball, specializing in windmill pitching and coaches' training.

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  1. John Vickers

    No video for : Back to basics in the offseason with reach, track, fire?

    No video showing for this topic?

    1. Carly

      Hi John,

      Sorry for the late reply… I checked and the video is working fine on my end. In case you still haven’t been able to view it, here’s a direct link to the video on YouTube.

  2. Jason Grudzien

    Do you have any drills to improve the track of the glove hand during the pitching motion? My daughter has a good throw zone and has been pitching well for multiple years but we have had a bit of an issue with her keeping her glove hand on line.

    Thanks,

    Jason

    1. Phil

      Jason:
      Wall drills (see prior post) are an excellent way to receive instant feedback on glove position and hand path. These drills can be performed with either the pitching hand side or the glove hand side within and inch or two of a wall, fence, or net. Any drifting of the glove hand away from the target line/power line will result in premature body rotation and either the ball or hand (if your pitching hand side is up against the wall) or the glove (if your glove hand side is up against the wall) hitting the wall. You did not mention how old your daughter is or at what level she plays. It is important to remember, however, that the likelihood of structural deficiencies in the pitcher’s body development is fairly great in developing athletes. Maintaining proper glove hand position throughout the setup and delivery is crucial for consistent speed and command. But in addition to the development of solid mechanics appropriate, strength and conditioning is also essential. I hope this has been helpful. Good luck.
      Phil

  3. John

    Hello Phil – love your video blogs. They have helped my 12 year old. One thing I’m confused on. I don’t get this “power forward position” on your drive leg as you progress through the drive/stride. It seems you are doing the one thing that is almost a universal ‘taboo’ in the fastpitch pitching instruction industry, and that is closing your hip before your arm is through the throw zone.

    When you drag your toe on top, rather than on the topside, your hip closes on your throwing arm. How is that good?

    Confused Father in PA –

    Thanks.

    john patton

    1. Phil

      John – great question. Suffice it to say that you are absolutely correct. Premature hip rotation to bring the drive foot through is a very significant and, unfortunately, common mechanical flaw, especially in developing pitchers. “Power-Forward” position requires a strong core and trunk, especially glutes and hip flexors. These are generally areas of weakness in young athletes. Although it may appear as though the hip will close as a result of “power-forward” drive foot position, the exact opposite is true in the physically conditioned pitcher. I will address this further in my next post. Tune in, and let me know if it clears up the confusion.

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