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4 Baseball Pitching Drills for Velocity

Learn four baseball pitching drills to improve velocity from Coach Darren Gurney in this Howcast video.

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Pitching drills for velocity.

There are a number of different that pitchers can perform to their velocity. Long toss, where players start at 50 feet and move their way back to 2-300 hundred feet, is a common one used to build arm strength. Pitchers can also rotate grips when long-tossing: four seam, two seem fast ball grips, as well as a changeup grip. And this will help them build velocity of all of their pitches. Another excellent drill for building velocity would be spot drills. Where players partner up and throw from 20 to 25 feet away. Working in and out with each pitch.

While doing these drills, it's imperative that they consider their scapular load. And pinch their shoulders back as they deliver the pitch. By thrusting their chest out, and pinching their shoulders back in the scrap-load phase of the delivery, they will maximize their velocity.

In addition, pitchers can work on their rotation. And by rotating we're talking about rotating the shoulders 15-25 degrees. Which will build torque, and ultimately uncoil, and build greater velocities upon release.

It is important that pitchers keep their arm health in mind when doing both scapular load and rotation. If they overdo either of these and get to a 60 degree angle, it could cause arm problems.

Other drills aimed at improving velocity would be strength training. Including squats and sprints, as well as other plyometric exercises. Pitchers can also use therapeutic bands to not only prepare their arm for a work out as well as prevent injury from occurring. Most of all, pitchers should refine their mechanics to have a fluid, easy delivery. So that they can maximize their velocity and have a clean, repetitive motion each time they throw a pitch.

These are drills for improving velocity.

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