Category Archive: In-game Tips

Detach Yourself from the Result

In this video, I talk about how focusing too much on the result can cause a breakdown in mechanics and poor pitch quality.

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Transitioning from Lesson to Game

In today’s video I talk about taking what you learn in your lessons onto the field.

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How do you fix your mechanics when you’ve got games to pitch?

I was working with a student yesterday for the first time since last year as she spent the entire off-season recovering from an injury. We spend the whole time doing specific drills and she put in a really outstanding effort to smooth out the illegal hop in her drive through. After the lesson she asked me, what am I supposed to do in games?

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Set your Body Before you Pitch

In today’s video I talk about the importance of taking your time and ensuring you start yourself off in a good position.

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More Focus Drills

In today’s video, I talk further about the pitching drills you can do to command your pitches with precision, especially if your performance differs between lessons and games.

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Why Do Some Pitchers Pitch with Mechanical Flaws in Games but not Practice?

A recent reader question reminded me to address this topic, which affects so many pitchers. In a past article, I discussed some tips for overcoming game-time nerves to help you pitch as well in games as in practice, However, many pitchers who DO NOT get nervous during games still struggle to match up their practice and game-time pitching mechanics. But why?

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The One Thing That Will Make Every Good Pitcher Better

What is the one thing a pitcher can possess that can instantly make her 10 to 15 percent better? Read on.

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Quick Tip: Avoid Getting Overwhemled by What You’re Learning

When you’re first learning a skill like pitching or hitting, or when you’re trying to work on breaking more than one bad habit, lessons can be overwhelming. After every pitch or swing, your coach might rattle off a list of things to change. After the next one, it’s something different. You change one thing, but you forget about something else. Trying to keep track of all the things you’re doing incorrectly can be overwhelming, and often not very productive.

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What Causes Athletes to Choke in High Pressure Situations?

The MLB postseason is my favorite time of the year when it comes to sports. This year has been particularly exciting, with kind of a crazy number of come-from-behind victories, both in single games and in whole series. As is to be expected, this has prompted a lot of talk from baseball analysts about the role of postseason experience, momentum, and choking. When a great player suddenly performs very poorly in the spotlight, it’s easy to say, “Oh, he totally CHOKED.” But what does that really mean, and how can that knowledge help YOU perform better in big games?

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How Catcher Framing Can Make or Break a Game

Matt Wieters crossed up on a pitch by Pedro Strop

A particular play in the Yankees-Orioles game on September 6th reminded me how a single strike call can make or break a game, and how important a catcher’s influence can be in getting calls. Want to learn how to use this to your advantage?

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