Tuesday, June 28, 2011


...is one of the most important aspects of a pitchers game. Every pitch matters and a pitch thrown with conviction is more likely to be successful than that same pitch thrown without.

Everyone has heard that the game of baseball is more cerebral than physical. The mental aspect of the game for a pitcher is probably even more important. I have learned that hitters feed off of the energy we provide, so if we are up there just throwing what's called then we get shelled. If you believe in the pitch you are about to throw, and know it will be successful, then you can get anyone out you want to.

I know what your thinking: "easier said than done." Right? Well, sure I wouldn't be talking about it here if it was easy. But if you go to the mound with a few of these tips, you will more easily master the art of conviction.

1. Own the pitch - whether you or someone else is calling the game, the pitch is still yours. This way there is no one to blame, thus eliminating excuses and instilling belief in every pitch.

2. Do not second guess - If there is any doubt in your head -- at all -- about the pitch called, step off the rubber and collect your thoughts. Then don't get back on the rubber until you own the pitch. You control the pace of the game. A lot of pitchers forget this. You need to believe 100% in the pitch you're about to throw.

3. Control emotion - Whatever happens you need to know that once the ball leaves your hand the outcome is no longer in your control. It's all about preparation. If you have done everything else right you cannot get upset if a guy bloops your best pitch in for a hit. You need to show everyone that every pitch you throw is exactly what you wanted to throw. This confidence will rub off on your teammates and intimidate the opponents.

4. Repeat.

Try this the next time you hit the mound. Don't stop at the games either. Do this in the pen and while playing catch and it will become second nature in no time.

Remember: nothing can get you to the next level faster than working with a professional. If you, or someone else you know, need individual instruction please contact me at (510) 260-6184 or via email at graigwhelan@gmail.com for more information.

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