Top Ten Tips to Throwing Harder
Top Ten Tips to Throwing Harder
I get a few emails a day asking how to improve a catchers arm strength. The problem is arm strength has little to do with it. It has more to due with the speed of movement or power of movement and that movement not just coming from the arm.
Before we dive into the top ten ways to improve catchers arm strength we need to make sure that you have a good understanding of how elite catchers can produce sub 2 second pop times. You have a choice in this process. You can either shorten the time you take to release the throw or you can produce a harder throw. Those who shorten the time to release are those who have sub 2 pop times with poor throwing velocity and those who work to produce a harder throw are those who have sub 2 pop times with high ball speed. They also tend to have better 60 times and better bat power as well.
Being that you are searching for “Arm Strength for Catchers,” I will assume you want to go down the road of learning and developing a better pop time by improving power of movement. This approach has a lot to do with the base or foundation of the catcher which is the leg strength more than just the arm strength when you learn the physics of a sub 2 pop time.
In this article, I will go over the approach of improving pop time with power of movement and how throwing velocity and pop time improve together. I will also give you the top ten ways to improve catchers arm strength which is actually going to teach you how to do this with your legs and core and not just your arm. Finally, I will give you the best program you can find to helping you develop yourself into an elite catcher with a sub two second pop time.
The drive leg is poorly coached in this game. Mainly because most pitchers and coaches do not know the three different styles of drive leg functions in the high velocity pitching delivery. You will always hear coaches and pitchers talking about the lower half but rarely do you hear how to use it.
A study links the lower half to the majority of the energy driving the pitching velocity (1). This study also proves, that without a dynamic lower half, wear and tear on the arm becomes a problem. Once you are able to understand how the pitching mechanics work within the kinetic chain, this is the link between all of the joints in the body, then you will understand how important the lower half is to the entire process of pitching.
In this video, you will learn the three different ways high velocity pitchers use the lower half in the pitching delivery. You will also learn the pros and cons of these different drive leg functions. This is a great video for those who have a novice understanding of how the legs work in the pitching delivery. Please share or like the video if you feel it is helpful.
Studies have linked more stride length to pitching velocity (1). More importantly an increase in stride length will enhance perceived velocity. That is how fast the pitch looks to the hitter. This is extremely important to the pitcher because 90mph at 55 feet is slower to the hitter than 90mph at 54 feet.
The problem is most pitchers and pitching coaches try to improve stride length with the lead leg. This is an ineffective approach to using stride length effectively for the pitcher. The drive leg is the only way to improve stride length while also increasing pitching velocity.
This video will talk about why 3X Pitching is by far the best approach to enhancing stride length to increase perceived velocity and pitching velocity. What this video will not talk about is the mechanics and the training it takes to using the drive leg to enhance stride length, perceived velocity and pitching velocity.
This video will teach you how to use the trunk to throw harder. The trunk is the final movement of the kinetic chain that drives the arm speed. If you have a poor trunk dynamic in your pitching delivery then you will use the arm to generate all of the forces on the ball. The small muscle groups in the arm may be able to generate a lot of ball speed but they will burnout or fatigue when used to generate power a lot faster than the big muscle groups in the trunk and legs.
Most low velocity pitchers have either a poor understanding of how the trunk moves in the high velocity delivery or have a break in the kinetic chain which is preventing the lower half power from moving the trunk dynamically. No matter the issue all low velocity pitchers will considerably benefit from learning how the trunk moves in the high velocity delivery.
In the video above you will learn the ranges that most high velocity pitchers use when it comes to the trunk dynamics of the pitch. You will need the 3X Pitching Velocity Program to help you train yourself to implement these trunk ranges.
You want to play at the next level? I have the top 10 secrets to getting drafted as a pitcher, which will give you the tips you need to take your game to a professional level.
How did I get this information? I was lucky enough to work on the 2014 MLB Draft. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about what these big league organizations are looking for. Out of the 40-50 pitchers I analyzed, many of them were drafted and many of them did about 10 things really, really well but one in particular. The answer is in number 1 below!
Do yourself a favor and do NOT just shoot down to the top 10 secrets to getting drafted as a pitcher, read them and then leave. This would be a major mistake! Take some time to take notes, study what I am giving you and take it seriously. This information will give you the edge that you need to get drafted or sign a professional contract and live the dream!
I promise, don’t screw around with this information. Once you have learned and understand at a high level these secrets to getting drafted as a pitcher in this article then the following steps that are critical to your success of actually being drafted will be listed below. Take the full 10 minutes you will need to learn this game changing information, because without truly understanding this information, you will not know why you need to follow the critical steps listed below which will considerably increase your chances of being drafted in the future.
The major challenge of becoming a high velocity pitcher is once the elite explosive power has been developed, if there isn’t fluid timing of the kinetic chain then this elite athleticism isn’t being converted into ball speed. Fixing this breakage or inefficient timing of the kinetic chain becomes the last step in developing the high velocity pitcher.
The Kinetic Chain is the link of joints starting with the ankle connecting to the knee, to the hips, to the shoulders, to the elbow and finally to the wrist. The healthy high velocity pitcher more efficiently transfer forces from the ground up this kinetic chain. Studies have shown that the hand and ball velocity are due primarily to leg, hip, and trunk movement (1).
The process to becoming a high velocity pitcher must first come with the development of a base foundation of total body strength and then power. 99% of pitchers coming into the 3X Pitching Velocity Programs are at this base level but are trying to train above it. The kinetic chain will never be efficiently used if there is a lack of power in the system to drive the eccentric movements of the kinetic chain of the high velocity pitcher.
In this article, I will define how force is moved up the kinetic chain of the high velocity pitcher. I will then define what “breakage” in the kinetic chain means and what it does to the pitcher. I will also give you some tips to help fix this major issue, so you can become a high velocity pitcher.
As much as we can find many different reasons arm injuries are climbing in all levels of baseball today, like in these top ten ways to prevent a UCL tear, there is one reason which is a major part of the problem and that is overuse. With all year round travel ball becoming all the rage and it becoming more common for 12 and 13 year olds to play over 60-70 games per season, we definitely have an overuse issue in baseball today and it needs to be addressed because children are the many who are being abused.
The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) also credits poor physical fitness to the rise in throwing injuries in their youth position statement. That includes weight training which freaks most parents and coaches out. I totally understand why parents and coaches are scared of letting their boys weight train when they are playing this much baseball but are you really more worried about your boy lifting a barbell a few times a week over letting him throw a 50z baseball as hard as he can a few hundred times a week? A baseball does way more damage than a barbell to a pitchers arm. You can learn the science behind this claim in my article called, Baseball More Dangerous Than Olympic Lifting.
The point of the matter is if we do not reduce the amount of games played in a season and a year, for especially youth to high school pitchers while also helping them strengthen and condition there bodies for this wear and tear, then we just need to get used to prepping our children for surgery. I don’t know about you but I am not going to accept this abusive mentality of developing the youth of this game. We must stop the abuse and start to implement an off-season strength and conditioning regime along with their skills training programs for all levels of pitching again.
In this article, I will go over the science showing the links of overuse to arm injury at all levels of pitching. I will then give you the top 10 reasons you desperately need an off-season and follow it up by defining what an off-season should include for a pitcher at all levels to improve pitching mechanics while building the body up for the new season.
The amount of minor league and major league pitchers who have torn their UCL this season could make up two baseball teams. The MLB has lost more money on UCL surgeries this year than the Houston Astros entire team salary. There is obviously a major health problem for pitchers in this game and it all can be prevented if individual teams set some guidelines and provided some useful information for their high velocity pitchers.
Yes, I believe most of these top level pitchers have no idea what kind of damage they are doing to themselves. Mainly because they are using all of their resources to handle the stress of competing at the top level of this game. If their teams could give them better guidelines and more information to help them protect themselves from themselves then I truly believe this rising problem of arm injuries in Major League Baseball would subside. I also believe the MLB should consider lowering the mound to help reduce these excessive forces that these upper 90′s pitchers are putting on their arms. It would also make pitching even more of a power game which would also make approaches like 3X Pitching more popular. Yes, lowering the mound is my new agenda but it would really weed out a lot of the pitchers with the poor lower half power and make the game more about pure power.
In this article, I will go over the top ten ways to prevent a UCL tear and then set some guidelines that would help pitchers stay out of harms way. I will also list some of the top case studies on elbow injuries for your further research if needed.
Well, all good things come to an end. The Marlin’s where hoping this end wouldn’t have come so soon but it seems to definitely be a big problem for the Marlin’s because Jose Fernandez was a dominate force on the mound for them. Yes, the young Jose Fernandez has injured his elbow and is on the DL. The question once again is what caused this elbow injury in this top level MLB pitcher?
Jose Fernandez did make a mechanical change this off-season, if it was conscious of it or not, I don’t know. Brooks Baseball shows his arm slot dropped this season to a level he has never pitched from in the MLB. I do not believe this was dramatic enough to cause the injury but it was definitely a part of the equation.
There is a simple equation here to his elbow injury. What I have learned from studying pitching injuries like the case here of Jose Fernandez, is that it is rarely just one thing. Even though some pitchers have obvious red flags linked to their arm injury’s (Matt Moore, Chris Sale, Kris Medlen), there is also other factors that are responsible for their injuries. In the case of Jose Fernandez, I believe the entire equation needs to be defined to truly understand his injury and why his slider was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In this article, I will define the equation that lead to Jose Fernandez’s forearm strain and possible UCL tear. I will also go over his Slider and why he should never throw it again. Finally, I will talk about how the MLB can help reduce the amount of arm injuries in the years to come. It is an epidemic now but it can be fixed!