Baseball Pitching Drills


Baseball Pitching Drills

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Looking to develop better mechanics? This 76-page guide features 47 new drills and techniques to help you build a more powerful and dynamic pitching delivery.

Learn how to fix the most common flaws and inefficiencies in the throwing motion—and watch your velocity and control improve dramatically.


Pitching Mechanics: Step 1

From stance to pivot step

By: Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

When getting your sign from the catcher, keep the following pitching tips in mind:

  1. Spread feet to shoulder width.
  2. Slightly bend knees to stay athletic.
  3. Keep hand on ball and ball in glove.
  4. Make sure glove is hiding the baseball from both dugouts.
  5. Hands can be resting by belt or out in front of chest, whichever allows you to be most relaxed.
  6. Step back in desired direction at a comfortable distance. A 45-degree angle is recommended to help keep your head over the center of your gravity.
  7. Keep motion fluid and flowing with good rythym.

Your first step back will be with your glove side foot. You can step straight back behind the rubber or you can step to the side. Step a comfortable distance away from the rubber that allows you to pivot that foot and begin turning the hips to line the body up to the target. Generally this step is anywhere from 8-18 inches long, depending on the height of the pitcher.

The approach helps the pitcher position himself to pivot the pitching side foot in front, touching the front of the rubber. So it's important that the approach allow him to pivot that foot while maintaining body control.

Don't be too precious with this first step of the windup because as you will see, you must learn to develop a good rhythm and tempo that fits your style of pitching. Go too fast and you can lose body control. Go too slow and you will become too mechanical and lose pitching velocity not maximizing your athleticism.

Your rhythm must fit your personal athletic ability. Compare it to a sprinter. If a sprinter gets off of the blocks badly then it will affect him negatively the rest of the race.

Just like every hitter seems to have a different stance, so every pitcher has his own initial approach. Remember to take a small step, 8 to 18 inches (depending on how tall a pitcher is), and either straight back, to the side or even back and to the side should be enough to position yourself correctly for the next important step in proper pitching mechanics.