The One Thing That Will Make Every Good Pitcher Better

Without changing anything else… no additional workouts, no modification of mechanics, no mastering a new pitch, what is the one thing a pitcher can possess to instantly make her 10 to 15 percent better…?  A GREAT CATCHER!

Over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on the individual on the field who can keep a pitcher technically sound, emotionally solid and in control of the game.  Simply by better understanding  crucial components of the skill set needed to be a top quality backstop,  a great catcher can make a good pitcher even better.   An example would be how to turn a 17 inch wide strike zone into a 21 inch strike zone.  Stay tuned.

About the author


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


  1. Mike

    My 10 yr old grand daughter throws fas tand has problems throwing high and at times throws inside and bouncing inside on rh batters. What can be done to fix this problem?

    1. Carly

      Hi Mike,
      It’s impossible to determine the exact root of the problem without video analysis, but it just sounds like her release is inconsistent. I’m guessing half the time she ends up flinging her whole arm over her head, and afterwards she tries to fix that by stopping it very short, which leads to low inside pitches. She needs to groove her release so her hand is flowing right to the catcher’s target every single time… that’s assuming she hasn’t been taught to finish with her elbow pointed to the catcher. If she has, I’m going to say THAT’S her problem.

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