Tag Archive: mechanics

Flexion vs. Extension in the Pitch Delivery

In this video, I dive further into forearm fire by discussing the difference between elbow flexion and elbow extension during the pitch delivery, and which technique is optimal

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Pitching Power: Where Does it Come From?

Great question from one of our readers about where power actually comes from in windmill pitching.

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Is Softball Pitching a Rotational Movement?

In this week’s video I explain the importance of rotational movement in the windmill pitching sequence. Although softball pitching doesn’t appear to be powered by rotation in the same way batting is, control of rotation is what allows athletes to achieve critical positions throughout the delivery.

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Troubleshooting Common Pitch Location Problems

When you’re learning windmill pitching for the very first time, the ball is probably going to go everywhere… and that’s normal! Once you sort of get the hang of it, however, you may notice that when you miss your pitch location, it is often in the same spot, or the same two spots. I find myself constantly reminding my students WHY pitch after pitch lands inside, outside, high, or low; I tell them to memorize the reason so they can self-correct in games and practices. Whether you’re a parent trying to teach your daughter to pitch and you’re not quite sure how to troubleshoot location issues, or you’re a Fastpitch Power student already and you need a cheat sheet to help you remember, this post is for you!

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Can Your Core Stand Up to Windmill Pitching?

It’s no secret that windmill pitching is not easy. It requires not only a tremendous amount of practice and aptitude for the skill, but also a tremendous amount of strength and stability. Core strength is something that is lacking in many—if not most—young female pitchers, yet it is absolutely essential to pitching with sound mechanics.

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Rise Ball

Today we’re continuing to take a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. I’m going to discuss the grip of the rise ball and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Curveball

Today we’re continuing to take a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. I’m going to discuss the grip of the curveball and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Movement Pitch Grips and Spins: Screwball

Over the next several weeks, we’re going to be taking a closer look at how to throw movement pitches in windmill pitching. Starting with the screwball today, I’m going to discuss the grip of each movement pitch and how to spin the ball to achieve maximum movement.

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Pitching Drills to Eliminate the Crow Hop

In last week’s post, I discussed the most common reason for pitching illegally: crow hopping. We looked at what it is and what generally causes it. Today, I’m going to share some pitching drills that may be helpful in breaking this habit.

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Reach, Track, Fire and Drive

What follows is one of my favorite muscle memory drills which helps pitchers see and feel their bodies at various, crucial points in the delivery. Please note the following when performing this drill:

1. The pitcher should be 25 – 35 feet from the catcher, depending on age and level.

2. Coaches commands should be a minimum of 2 to 3 seconds apart to allow the pitcher to sense and adjust any mechanical flaws, as well as keep her balance (if she cannot keep her balance, it’s an indication that she needs to strength train).

3. This video is a demonstration for a fastball. The drill can be adapted for any pitch. Look to future posts for other pitches.

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