1 Brutal Pitching Mistake (That’s Easy To Fix)

There’s one big mistake that I see LOADS of pitchers making – from 8 year olds to 18 year olds.

Rushing.

Going to quickly through the approach and delivery phases can throw your pitcher off his alignment and make it WAY harder to hit his spots.

Fortunately – there’s a pretty easy fix.

It’s called the “Toe Tap” drill, and you can see it demonstrated in the video above:

This is a pretty new pitching drill that I haven’t seen anywhere else, so I’d appreciate your feedback on it.

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If you DON’T like it for some reason, let me know why in the comments section below… the opinion of my readers matters and I want to know what you think.

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  1. Eddy Hernandez says:

    I agree with Coach. I’ve used the 2″ x 4″ for alignent and it works; but never the toe tap. I’ll try that one with my pitchers.

    Thank you.

  2. Alexander Williams says:

    This is great stuff, Thank you

  3. Britt says:

    Any drill that keeps a pitcher’s weight on their back foot is good. As a former D1 college pitcher, I struggled because my body was always out in front of my arm. As a result, I had shoulder problems later in my career and had to have surgery. Rushing caused undue stress on my shoulder. When I give pitching lessons- this is one of the main items I work on with young pitchers

  4. JimG says:

    This is a good drill for a quick fix. However if you have your pitchers leading to the plate with their butt and heel that solves the arm release and rushing issues along with keeping them closed and front shoulder from flying open. Which along with loss of balance is the key concern with rushing your delivery. thanks

  5. Jeff says:

    Great stuff!! thanks coach

  6. Arnie Johanningsmeier says:

    Great Drill. I have a couple players in mind this will help,immensely.

  7. Martin Kahn says:

    I teach my kids balance points in all drills whether it’s pitching, fielding or hitting. I really like where you show the separation and arm extension…another valuable point in the pitching mechanics. I personally tell my son to make believe the wrists and knees are connecting with a string as you point out that the arms and legs move in unison. I tell him to spread his wings like and eagle to get his arms separated and extended.
    By showing my boys this little instructional video they will get my point and see that it’s also coming from someone else. This reinforces my teachings. Thank you for this little drill. I will implement this into my practice drills.

  8. Coach P says:

    Thanks Coach.

  9. Scott says:

    Great Drill. This will help with alignment and speed!!!

  10. Kevin says:

    This is a great drill. My sons have been coached since day 1 the balance/touch/power position with the hand breaking at the waist as the knee drops. Good drill. Breaking the phases down in your drill will help teach the proper pitching sequence and time to ensure the arm isn’t trailing the rest of the body.

  11. David says:

    Yes, I think this is a good mechanical drill and I like the added piece on the alignment as well.

  12. david says:

    Anything that can help those kids slow down is good. My son throws the ball up and down about 3 times to before he hits the mound and gets set. This slows him down and makes some kids think he’s not paying attention. He’s even gotten a few pics off it.

  13. Larry Anderson says:

    I don’t like this drill as it doesn’t allow your body to use its forward momentum to accelerate towards home plate. You end up doing more of a push off instead of your body weight creating the movement home. Of course your lower body momentum is what creates velocity. If you bring your front leg down before going home, I can pretty much tell you that they will drop down on their back leg which will reduce their velocity.

  14. Kevin says:

    no sound

  15. RobJ says:

    Looks like the kind of drill I need to help a young pitcher learn to take his front leg up then down before striding forward.

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