Pitching Velocity Tips – How To Throw Harder in Baseball

What’s up? Coach Dan Blewett here. Today
we’re gonna go over five pitching velocity tips for baseball players and
I’m gonna cover five different things that I think are really gonna help you
throw harder and also just increase your longevity and use your overall
performance on the mound alright so let’s get started okay so pitching
velocity tip number one here is gonna be bracing the front leg so we’re gonna use
this major leaguer as an example and we’re gonna see him when he strides out
so he’s gonna start moving right here he’s gonna stride out and then as his
stride foot which is his left foot here when it hits the ground it’s not gonna
bend anymore and in fact the front knee is gonna push back right there and
straighten which is helping to transfer as much of his stride force as possible
into his front side so this is really critical let’s play this video again and
basically what we’re looking for here is that as the stride develops the front
foot hits and then that front leg braces which means it won’t bend any further
and then it’ll push back and straighten which again transfers all the energy you
built up in your stride over the front leg just like a pole vaulter when
they’re running down the the track there and they stick their pole into that
concrete notch it shoots them up and over the barrier you know six seven
eight nine feet above the ground it’s the same thing with a pitcher and so if
you’re looking to build your velocity or just maximize your velocity it’s really
important that your front leg is stiff okay pitching velocity tip number two
we’re gonna talk about using your shoulders to go uphill so what this
means is as I lift my leg and I started coming down on my hand start to separate
I want to go uphill with my shoulders and that’s gonna help me use my front
side because when I go uphill initially I’m either gonna land slightly uphill or
middle land level either way I can use my glove arm and I can bring my backside
through because my shoulder is either a level or a little bit above level with
the ground what I see commonly with young pitchers is that they don’t really
go he’ll very well and so their glove arm
sort of swooped down and they kind of land like this and then all they can
really do to produce power is go sideways and they start to spin and they
get around the ball and lots of other problems take place so pitching velocity
tip number two is going uphill with the shoulders initially this is really
important you see pretty much all high level pitchers do this even if they
throw with lower arm slots so going uphill is really important and the way
you do that is by leading with your hip and also just sort of pushing up and out
and seeing your shoulders go up that way okay
so it all starts with the front hip but going uphill the shoulders is my second
pitching velocity tip number three getting the timing of your glove arm
right so what I mean by that is this there’s always a pace with your hand and
your glove they’re gonna go up together and down together and then they need to
sync up as you go so that your glove arm is landing somewhere around here pretty
much level whether it’s like this or like this when your stride foot hits the
ground so to get in that position if our glove arm is really fast it ends up
beating us to the top and then we start to open up too soon with our chest and
opening up too soon means basically if you can read my shirt logo when you land
when you’re the strifer barely barely hits then you’ve opened up too soon if
you’re a shirt logo my baseball God’s logo is still facing back now my chest
is still in a good position so if I’m here I’m fine if I’m here where you can
read my shirt when I landed I’m not I’m not fine and a lot of that comes back to
what your glove arm did and did it sync up with your lower body so use your
high-speed camera everyone’s got a Samsung or a huawei or a mate or an
Apple iPhone whatever and all these different phones can do slow-motion
video and you want to see that your hands and your legs go together and that
they’re on time together because we want to have our glove arm be relatively high
when our stride foot hits so that’s pitching velocity tip number three
number four is having a really aggressive follow-through you don’t have
to hard early in your delivery I sees a lot
of times with infielders outfielders pitchers doesn’t matter they tried to
throw hard early meaning as they’re starting to go down the mound or as
they’re starting to wind up with their throw they start they try to throw hard
and what happens is they start to wrench their shoulders open and their hips open
and then the ball tends to just go up that’s why pitchers throw up in the zone
when they try to overthrow when they try to pump a ball by guys now obviously
throwing up in the zone can be intentional but a lot of times it’s not
and that’s because we we tend to try to throw hard early kind of from a mental
standpoint but really you throw hard late so when you are relaxed and you let
your mechanics develop boom that really aggressive finish getting every last bit
of the ball that’s where you get a really good velocity that’s where you
get really good spin and it carries through the zone and if you’re a good
four seamer guy it’ll kind of it’ll seem like it rises you know above a hitters
bat when you’re up on the zone it can’t actually do that but it seems like it so
getting a really aggressive follow-through while staying calm and
relaxed early that’s a really critical component of throwing hard the best
stores in the world don’t out they’re not out there looking tense and looking
aggressive early or they know they’re really calm they’re collected they’re
smooth and then BOOM at the end is where they really hit the gas and they let the
ball have it okay so that’s pitching velocity tip number four and the last
one my fifth tip is get in the weight room so if you’re not in the weight room
nine months or more out of the year really working hard on a smart program
developed for baseball players that means not just bench press and squats
and Hank leans or whatever which is unfortunately a standard program that a
lot of high schools use around the country you need to do lots of rowing
you need to lots of rotator cuff work and you do lots of lateral hip work and
you do lots of glute and hamstring work squats are great they have their place
bench pressing is okay it has its place too but there’s lots of fundamentals
that athletes need especially when there young and to get on a quality strength
training conditioning program can have a massive difference between just getting
on the school’s cookie cutter program or your own cookie cutter program that you
found the web so make sure you do your homework find a strength coach in person
is the ideal scenario we have someone to teach you the fundamentals and to teach
you good form and you know kind of have the reins on you when you try to do too
much or you try to lift too much way to your form it’s a little sloppy have a
coach just like you would your baseball coach and if you can’t find a really
good quality program from someone on the web or someone in your area who can make
one for you or you can still have supervision and be safe and learn the
fundamentals but every 10 pounds you add especially if you’re a younger kid it’s
gonna have a market increase in velocity for you just waiting when I was a
college freshman I went from 78 to 81 to 84 to 87 in my first year I put on 20
pounds and I was an animal in the weight room made a huge difference you’ll
eventually hit a point where you stop gaining velocity but that’s probably not
gonna be until you’re 25 years old so if you’re young keep going keep working
hard in the gym being animal in the weight room eat your face off but make
sure you have a really good program you’re well supervised and you focus on
technique not how much weight you can lift first okay so there’s a big world
of strain conditioning out there I was a strength coach for a long time and I’ve
seen it done very poorly and very well you may want to make sure you’re
learning the best way just like you are with your pitching mechanics so your
hitting mechanics learn the fundamentals get them down start with lighter weights
and progress just like anything else in your athletic career and it will have a
massive difference from most players 12 years old is probably the time to start
if you’re motivated to do it if you’re 12 and you just want to play and you
just want to play other sports you don’t want to lift weights it’s perfectly fine
make sure you’re ready for it and you’re motivated to do it and if you are you’re
gonna see a lot of results so that’s my last pitching velocity tip here in this
video thank you for watching this is a really important one mechanics are
critical make sure you’re doing everything you can to improve your
mechanics which will not only increase your velocity will also increase your
durability it’ll hopefully hopefully protect you from
jury and also improve your command okay if you enjoyed this video definitely
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6 thoughts on “Pitching Velocity Tips – How To Throw Harder in Baseball

  1. wow. that overthrow tip is really helpfull, a lot of times i was not able to put the ball down in the zone and didn't realize why. I'll try to focus on the finish. Great video dan, thank you! one of my favorites so far. this and the "how pitchers actually throw strikes".

  2. Hi Dan. How important is it for young pitchers to do some light band work? My son is a tall, lanky lefty pitcher (12 yrs). Hasn't hit puberty yet and has always thrown slower than the average size players but always had very good control and movement. His mechanics are generally good for his age.

  3. In the weight room the fundamentals are squats, bench, and dead lifts. If you're new to strength training and your trainer is not focusing on learning those lifts then you need a new strength coach.

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