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  • How to increase pitching speed

    Im 15 and lefty, and I throw high 60's sometimes i get it to 70 or 71 but i have kids who throw faster than I do what can i do to increase velocity
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  • #2
    don't worry about speed, speed will come. right now focus on throwing strikes. if you could do that, you'll be much better than trying to over throw it all the time.

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    • #3
      1. The first thing is to learn and know how to repeat a good mechanic. Here are some 'boosters' that works.

      +Long stride. Tim Lincecum and Nolan Ryan are good example of this
      +Fast, explosive action toward landing. I vision myself as a 'basketball shooter' that shoots the ball into one direction. That works for control too
      +Good timing

      I actually made changes like those and my velocity jumped from 69~72mph range to 77mph range (without any arm strength training or long toss). I'm still working on some aspects of mechinics to make it consistent.

      2. Growth and develpment. This differs to individuals. There are some pitchers in Latin America who already throw 90~92mph range when they are 16, but there are some pitchers who stay at 80~ 82mph range in their senior year in high school. Roger Clemens threw only 82~83mph out of high school, Mark Wohlers threw in 81mph range out of high school and later went on to hit 100+mph in MLB. Remember, you cannot speed up mother nature.

      3. Practice, practice, practice. If you are really commited to it, you should sacrifice a lot of your time to practice.
      What Igawa does for fun:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7KzVSA7eBY

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      • #4
        k thankyou for the advice
        4 seam/2 Seam
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        • #5
          Originally posted by AcidLake View Post
          1. The first thing is to learn and know how to repeat a good mechanic. Here are some 'boosters' that works.

          +Long stride. Tim Lincecum and Nolan Ryan are good example of this
          +Fast, explosive action toward landing. I vision myself as a 'basketball shooter' that shoots the ball into one direction. That works for control too
          +Good timing

          I actually made changes like those and my velocity jumped from 69~72mph range to 77mph range (without any arm strength training or long toss). I'm still working on some aspects of mechinics to make it consistent.

          2. Growth and develpment. This differs to individuals. There are some pitchers in Latin America who already throw 90~92mph range when they are 16, but there are some pitchers who stay at 80~ 82mph range in their senior year in high school. Roger Clemens threw only 82~83mph out of high school, Mark Wohlers threw in 81mph range out of high school and later went on to hit 100+mph in MLB. Remember, you cannot speed up mother nature.

          3. Practice, practice, practice. If you are really commited to it, you should sacrifice a lot of your time to practice.
          don't you also want to play alot of long toss too?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Go Cardinals View Post
            don't worry about speed, speed will come. right now focus on throwing strikes. if you could do that, you'll be much better than trying to over throw it all the time.

            short and sweet, and really really good advice. u aint got nothing if u can't throw strikes. and long toss like cardinal said also helps to build arm strength. i wouldn't worry about speed at this point in your career.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Go Cardinals View Post
              don't you also want to play alot of long toss too?
              I just do long toss when I'm warming up in the outfield when I'm not pitching. It's technically warming up for outfield throw, not pitching. I don't do it often either

              I personally think long toss stresses my arm since it's an act of using my whole arm to send a ball to long distance. I actually got my arm tired out doing long toss about a year ago.
              What Igawa does for fun:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7KzVSA7eBY

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              • #8
                I longtoss usually 300 ft.
                4 seam/2 Seam
                Change
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by leftypitcher934 View Post
                  I longtoss usually 300 ft.
                  Do you think that has improved your speed? Just curious
                  What Igawa does for fun:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7KzVSA7eBY

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by leftypitcher934 View Post
                    I longtoss usually 300 ft.

                    How old are you?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
                      How old are you?
                      Not old enough to accurately measure distances from a glance.

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                      • #12
                        it helps arm strength
                        4 seam/2 Seam
                        Change
                        Curve

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by leftypitcher934 View Post
                          I longtoss usually 300 ft.

                          This would mean you throw a fastball 88-93 MPH. Pretty fast.....
                          Here's Jaeger - http://www.baseballtips.com/longtoss.html
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                          • #14
                            when people say the throw long toss what is there idea of it. you might be able to throw 300ft, be it will probally be 50ft in the air which vertually does nothing to for your arm. now if you can throw 300 feet on a line maby 10-20ft in the air your arm is really really strong. I can't stand throwing lollypops to a person who's 200 ft away. it has to be on a line or else it's useless.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by J-MAC View Post
                              when people say the throw long toss what is there idea of it. you might be able to throw 300ft, be it will probally be 50ft in the air which vertually does nothing to for your arm. now if you can throw 300 feet on a line maby 10-20ft in the air your arm is really really strong. I can't stand throwing lollypops to a person who's 200 ft away. it has to be on a line or else it's useless.
                              Distance in the situation is a result of applied force and angle. Once you go above the optimum angle -given a constant force - you have diminishing returns.
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