Why do flame-throwing rookies have such a hard time getting outs, despite amazing ability? Regardless of how hard a pitcher throws, he must learn how to read hitters, execute pitches, and process all the information he’s given on every swing a hitter takes.
A baseball swing is an intricate series of movements that need to be correctly timed together to optimize the swing outcome. With this sequencing, the baseball swing is a quick and powerful movement. Here are 3 drills to train a proper swing rhythm.
The pitching motion is an explosive lateral to rotational movement down a hill done in under two seconds. The greatest key component to this explosive movement is “leg drive,” or the moment the pitcher moves laterally down the mound after reaching peak leg lift. Competing terms like “tall and fall” or “drop and drive” combined with balance and toe tap drills have caused confusion and reinforced slow twitch movements to hinder pitchers’ abilities to complete leg drive athletically and efficiently. A pitcher must change his intent to “tall and drive” where the focus is on explosively moving his entire center of mass down the slope of the mound.
To truly understand how to best train youth baseball pitchers, we must understand 3 things: 1) What do elite level baseball pitching mechanics look like? 2) What are the mechanical faults most common in youth baseball pitchers? And 3) How does youth pitching mechanics change as they age? In this article, we’ll discuss these differences and how to train baseball pitchers to develop elite performance.