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Balance and Timing

In today’s video, I talk about balance and timing in the windmill pitch.

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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. Coach Mike

    Hey Coach,

    I am new to your website and really like what I am seeing. I watched a few of your video feeds and loved the simplicity of them. My daughter is 13 and pitches they way you and your daughter preach. Forearm Fire, love the motion. Question, is there a archive I can check out proper grip to use on certain pitches. Cross the laces, with the laces etc…?

    Thanks for you time in advanced. We are also very interested in possibly doing you video analysis. Love the site.

    1. Phil

      Coach Mike:
      Thanks for your comments and for following us on Fastpitchpower. Grips are a very personal component of the pitch. I teach certain grips because they allow for optimal seam rotation and those are my personal preferences. If you type the words “Movement Pitch Grips and Spins” into the search box on our website you will be taken to a series of video posts relating to the grips and spins of various pitches. Or you can use the links I have below. Keep in mind that these may vary depending upon the size of the pitcher’s hand and how it feels in her hand. Feel free to contact Carly if you are interested in video analysis. She does a fantastic job. Here are the links:
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/?s=grips
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/movement-pitch-grips-and-spins-rise-ball/
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/movement-pitch-grips-and-spins-drop/
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/windmill-pitching-movement-pitch-grips-and-spins-curveball/
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/movement-pitch-grips-and-spins-screwball/
      http://www.fastpitchpower.com/how-to-throw-a-change-up/
      Phil

  2. j field

    Phill , when he goes through the motion drags prematurely needs to keep his feet apart in the power balance position so that he can use his hip which the way he pitches he cannot use his hip.

    1. Phil

      John – not sure what you are trying to say here. Hip rotation, in our methodology, is incidental to the delivery of the pitch, not instrumental. We are establishing, for a fastball, a “throw zone” which points directly to the intended target. Then through acceleration and extension (forearm fire) down that throw zone, without any breakdown of the established throw zone, our pitchers are able to maximize speed and command in the strike zone. The old method of hip rotation, finishing in a “hello Elbow” position shortens the throw zone, moves the pitching hand off line, and forces the pitcher to reduce speed in order to maintain command and control. Our drive through is basically in a linear path (drive foot toe to stride foot heel) which further supports the pitcher’s ability to maximize speed without sacrificing command of the strike zone.

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