Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Changing Speeds

I often notice that a lot of pitchers try to blow a fastball by every guy they face. There are times when they can get away with doing this, but the difference between a pitcher and "a thrower" is knowing that there are other ways to get batters out.

When you hear someone talking about changing speeds, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Naturally we think that means you have to throw a change-up or a curve. That's not always the case. Most times, back-to-back fastballs in the same location at different speeds will yield the same results, even if you're not a flamethrower.

The best pitchers have two different speeds for every pitch. That doesn't mean you need to overthrow one to compensate for another. It means that you need to be in control of your body and stay within your ability. Taking a little bit off of a fastball WILL mess up the timing of the batter. It is the difference between a batter squaring a pitch up and dribbling a ball to first base. It's a matter of a fraction of a second. That's all it takes!

Here is a tip: To change speeds on your fastball try spreading out your fingers slightly. A fraction of an inch makes a huge difference.

Remember, you don't need to strike everyone out. When you stop trying to get guys to swing and miss and start making them put the ball in play, you will have longer, more successful outings..

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 via email at graigwhelan@gmail.com for more information.

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