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Consistency Part 1

In this video, I talk about consistency and commanding the strike zone. This is something that separates the good pitchers from the outstanding pitchers.

 

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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.

2 comments

  1. Fred Fitzpatrick

    Phil, Great subject matter as always (although our verbiage is a little different). I have a daughter that completed her freshman year in college as a pitcher. I asked her what was different from what we do vs what they do (college pitching coach) ? Her comment was that “they don’t care what happens in the circle (mechanically) as long as you hit their desired spot”. Then I asked her if the other pitchers on the staff were ever sore or hurt after pitching? She said “all the time” with sore lower backs & pitching shoulders. My daughter never hurts, we always focus on mechanics in the circle & being on time with the delivery. So to me, and to you, if you take care of what happens in the circle, the “spots” will take care of themselves.

    By the way my daughter led her conference in fewest walks allowed and lowest ERA. She was 12-7 with loses to Arizona, Washington, Utah & BYU…. She just made the Canadian Jr Womans National team (U19) ….this stuff works !!

    *Practice makes perfect…….unless you’re practicing it wrong…..

    1. Phil

      Thank you, Fred, for the vote of confidence, and congratulations to your daughter on her outstanding freshman season. There are many college coaches, unfortunately, who neither have the time nor the inclination to fully appreciate or understand the optimal bio-mechanics of windmill pitching. This is not a knock on those coaches, but rather a reflection of the complexity involved in the development of that understanding. There are a lot of great coaches at the NCAA level who were not pitchers themselves and , therefor, never needed to acquire the depth of knowledge needed to comprehend how critical those mechanics are in the development of command and consistency. You are absolutely right on in relating, not only your daughter’s success, but also her injury/pain-free experience to her dedication to proper mechanics. Major league baseball pitchers, making millions of dollars each year spend hours on a daily basis, in front of a qualified pitching coach, solidifying mechanics down to the minutest detail. The quickest path to the DL would be a major league coach telling his $15 million a year hurler that he doesn’t care about his mechanics so long as the ball hits its intended location. It would also be the quickest path to the unemployment line for that coach. Tell your daughter to keep up the great work and, not only will she reach her highest potential, but someday she might just find herself teaching other pitchers where their “spot” is, and the relationship between hitting it and knowing precisely where the ball will end up.

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