toe tap pitching drill

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.


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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  • Don Ervin

    Reply Reply April 21, 2015

    These comments are somewhat late but here goes anyway.
    Larry, JimG you guy’s are on the right track.
    The stop at the top and gather one’s balance is a thing of the past, ones balance should be established at one’s initial stance before knee lift. the slower one moves and if one hesitates or stops during one’s movements the less balance one has. There are three body pivots during a pitchers body movement, #1. The hip pivot. #2. the collar pivot. #3. the shoulder pivot, what I call the {MOUSE TRAP,}visualize the shoulder leading the arm and ball in hand to ball release, that movement is/should be very fast like the cross wire of a mouse trap snapping down forward from it’s up and set position.
    The first prerequisite for learning the proper body positions that are required while pitching is the fact that a {pitchers body in movement/motion from the rubber to stride foot touch down} is a controlled accelerated {sideways body movement,} with the stride length at least matching one’s body height. every aspiring pitcher desperately needs to first be taught this most important aspect of pitching body movement Along with the first body movement which is the {hips leading the way,} moving forward as far as possible not the stride foot and leg leading the way, {the body should never collapse down first,} the knee should close off,turn in slightly and smoothly at it’s peak at app the belly button area which should set the hip out in front of the upper torso setting the body in an off set/counter balance position while the knee is closing off one’s body/hip movement/acceleration does not stop or hesitate it continues to move/accelerate forward with as much controlled momentum as possible through weight shift on to deceleration/stride foot touch plant down, then there should be what is called {hip to shoulder separation} meaning at stride foot plant down the hips first rotate followed by upper torso rotation, this {hip to shoulder rotation} carries on the accelerated momentum created during body movement from the rubber, on to collar pivot, on to external and internal arm rotation, on to shoulder pivot, what I call the {Mouse trap,} on to ball release and on to a nice flat back follow through fielding position. If one strides sideways/closed body position, aim/line up stride foot, ankle bone,front hip, and front shoulder with target to stride foot touch,plant down one simply cannot/will not fly open prematurely
    Although it is not possible to {PREVENT}arm and shoulder injuries leading to possible surgery Sports Science research has brought out the fact that to minimize the possibility of elbow and shoulder injury’s leading to surgeries a pitchers body in motion/movement from the rubber to it’s final flat back fielding position should operate within a series of sequenced chain reactive body movements to be executed at the proper time in their proper sequence.
    DR. Andrews stated recently that the main basic reason for the near epidemic of elbow and shoulder injuries and surgeries within all levels of baseball including major, minor league and amateur ball is the lack of having proper body moving mechanics.
    Pitching drills, breaking movements down into separate segments are useless due to the fact that one’s brain does not recognize partial, broken movements, ones brain only recognizes full, fluid, unbroken movements.
    Correct spinal alignment is also of the utmost importance.
    Great Base Ball-N
    Don Ervin
    [email protected]

    the reason you struggled while pitching is the simple reason that virtually all pitchers have while pitching, which I mentioned in my comments above which is the lack of proper body moving mechanics.

  • Eddy Hernandez

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    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.

  • Alexander Williams

    Reply Reply August 17, 2012

    This is great stuff, Thank you

  • Britt

    Reply Reply August 15, 2012

    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

    • Doug Massey

      Reply Reply October 1, 2012

      Correct! you got it right..

  • JimG

    Reply Reply August 15, 2012

    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

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Great stuff!! thanks coach

  • Arnie Johanningsmeier

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

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

  • Martin Kahn

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    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.

  • Coach P

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Thanks Coach.

  • Scott

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

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

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    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.

  • David

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

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

  • david

    Reply Reply August 13, 2012

    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.

  • Larry Anderson

    Reply Reply August 13, 2012

    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.

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply August 13, 2012

    no sound

    • kenny

      Reply Reply September 5, 2012

      I’m getting sound when I play it. Make sure that your speakers are on, up, and correctly connected to your computer. Good luck!

  • RobJ

    Reply Reply August 13, 2012

    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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