In a galaxy far, far away there was once a Jedi Master by the name of, Yoda. Standing at just over 2 feet in stature, Yoda possessed the ability to conquer is enemies, not with brawn, but by a mere concentration of brain power, proving, undoubtedly, that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Back in this galaxy, much can be learned from the examples of the mighty Yoda.
I wanted to discus the importance of concentrating and throwing correctly when we have the opportunity to throw at all. You see, as pitchers, we do not get to just throw and throw. Unlike a hitter, who can take swings in the cage or off a tee all day (assuming they have some good batting gloves), a pitcher does not have the luxury of being able to throw all day long. We, as pitchers, have what everyone loves to refer to as, “a limited number of bullets.” Lets think for a moment, what this means.
This means, that the time that we do get to spend throwing, because it is limited, needs to be taken very seriously. When done correctly, your throwing for the day shouldn’t take up more than 10, MAYBE 15, minutes of your day. That’s 10 minutes out of a possible 1,440 in a day. That’s less than .7% of your day. I can guarantee you, that if you can convince yourself to focus for those 10 minutes, and carry out a well structured throwing program, you will not only improve your skills, but you notice that improvement sooner than you think. So what do I mean by a “well structured” throwing program?
A well structured throwing program consists of warming up properly and efficiently, to make sure we are getting ourselves in the right positions. Listed below, are some links to some videos of throwing drills. When used, and executed properly, these three positions will serve as an excellent warm up to not just get your arm loose, but help train your brain to get it in the right positions. Throwing, just like so many other things is strongly influenced by muscle memory. With a little painstaking repetition, we can train ourselves to throw correctly, as long as we put our minds to it.
Your throwing time, like time itself, is limited. Don’t waste it!
“If strong concentration you posses, throw better you will”
Position 1: The Power Position – to help get your throwing hand in a good, and powerful, position
Position 2: Full Arm Swing – to help create a smooth and efficient arm path
Position 3: Balance Position – to improve the timing of the separation of our hands