Pitching Performance “Visualize”

Now after we talked about approach.  And as we move forward into performance, one of the most powerful things we can do is visualize.

Visualizing is really going to help us gain confidence, learn new skills, and really be able to commit when we get on this mound.  There are a couple of different ways we can visualize and I want to talk about it for you.  One is at home.  So I’m sitting at home, I’m sitting in my bed, I’m visualizing myself coming in here, throwing strikes, letting it go, being successful.

Another way we can visualize and the way I’d like you to really start practicing is before we throw a pitch, every time, I get on the mound and I visualize what I want to happen before I do it.  So before I even throw this ball, I’m visualizing myself being successful with it, having that go, having that commitment, having that approach.  But most of all, I’m visualizing the ball hitting the glove exactly where I want it.  So now, when I get here, I’m ready to go.  I have already in my mind, I’ve already done it.  I’ve already been successful.  I’ve already had the feeling.  I know what it’s like.

And here’s the key thing, is we’re coming from that place of feeling successful.  So I’m getting ready to throw this pitch and I’m coming from that place of success.  I’m not coming from the place of fear.  I’m not coming from the place of “maybe”.  I’m not coming from that place of tentative.  I’m coming from the place of go, from the place of trust because I’ve already seen myself do it.  Now it’s just the time to get on here and let it rip.

Thanks for watching, guys I really appreciate your watching.  I hope you guys are integrating different approach, techniques and different things we’re talking about.  I look forward to hearing your feedback and comments from the field.

Pitching – putting it all together

I hope you really enjoyed the first few videos on how the mechanics work.  It’s really important that we understand, “How do I break down my mechanics and how do I work on them?”  Let’s talk about the approach, let’s talk about performance, and let’s talk really about what brings it all together.

Now, the first thing to understand, remember I said in the beginning, we want to be in the place of getting on that mound letting it rip, letting it go, letting it fly.  That’s what I need to understand.  When I get on this mound, I need one thought in my head.  One thought, that’s it.  I don’t need to think about, “Okay.  How do I lift my leg?  How do I drive my backside?  How do the arms work?”  I need to think about glove and let it go, okay?

And now a way we can work on that and a way we can start with that is we can start by taking deep breath.  I’m going to relax my body.  I’m going to relax and I’m going to trust it and I’m going to commit, okay?  So those are a couple of big things we want to work on.  We want to work on relaxing our body so we’re fluid, so we’re easy, so we’re powerful.  We want to work on having one thought and one thought only.  That could be something like glove and then we just want to go, okay?  We want to get to that place were we’re here, and now I’m just going.  There’s no hesitation.  There’s no holding back.  There’s only commitment.  There’s only yes, and there’s only letting it fly.

I’m going to talk more about performance and different performance things we can do to really enhance our game on the mound and then we’re going to move into routines, how to bring it all together in future videos so be sure to check back.

Pitching and the Backside

I hope you enjoyed the first two videos on mechanics, how the arms work and how the torso gets over the front side. Now lets talk about the backside.

The next and final piece is really going to be how the backside works.  It’s really important that we lead with the front hip and we drive with this back leg.  Now, for every inch you get closer to the plate, it’s going to be the equivalent of a mile per hour getting faster for the hitter.  So, it’s important that I get some distance, that I get some power and then I really use my legs to throw the baseball.  I don’t want to be in a position where I’m using my arm and I’m sitting up here with the little stride and all arms.  I want to be a big stride.  At the end of the day, we should be about 80% of the height.  So, that means I’m getting a pretty good big step.

Now there are a couple of drills that I like.  The main one that I love is going to be a little hop drill.  So what you’re going to do, you’re going to start in your balanced position.  You’re just going to go ahead and create one hop or two hops and then I’m going to drive and throw the baseball.  What that’s going to do if that’s really going to load the back hip and really going to train that muscles to contract and then fire.  Because when I’m in either from the wind up or from the stretch, when I get here, I want to be in a position where I’m really contracting that muscle and then firing it.

Another great drill is we can get up against a fence and we can sync and drive our front hip into that fence really training the legs to fire first.  We’re going to be in a position where we’re getting to that balance point but the legs are firing.  There are a lot of different intricacies in pitching and every one is going to be a little different.  But at the end of the day, we have to fire this backside, keep the arm nice and loose and then get over a strong front side.  So however we get there, cool.  But let’s drive that backside, let’s have a lot of power and then we’ll start to understand mechanics.  Once we start to understand mechanics, we can really start talking about performance and what separate the good from the great.

Pitching – The Torso and a Strong Front Side

Hey, what’s going on guys?  I’m Nik Edmondson.  I hope you enjoyed the first video on how the arms work with the thumb staying down loading those gaps, keeping them nice and loose with the arm, getting the power going back forward, okay?

As we move forward, we need to understand that the torso needs to get over a strong front side.  What I mean by that is the upper body needs to go back to our home plate in an explosive manner over a strong front side.  So there’s a great drill that I love to work on this.  You’re going to go ahead and widen out those legs.  Keep those toes locked down.  And as I throw, I going to separate the arms, separate the thumbs down, but I’m going to throw going forward the chest and I may keep this back toe down.  What this is going to force me to do, this is going to force my upper body to be strong over the front side.

So, I’m going to start with my hands together.  As I go backwards, I’m going to separate with the thumbs down loading those gaps.  Now as I go forward, I’m going to keep this back toe down and that’s going to force me — when I get here, I can’t do anything besides go forward with the torso.  Okay.  It’s really important when we talk about high level pitching that we go back at the middle.  So once again it looks like this, hands together, thumbs down.  As I go forward, I keep that back toe down, full speed, boom, forward.  Keep that back toe down.  You’re going to see it forces to be strong on that front side.

Okay.  I’m going to move in to how the legs work and how this backside comes up and over after he drives off the rubber.  Thanks for watching guys.  Check right back.

 

How to hold the baseball and get ready to pitch

Welcome back and thanks again to Nik as I bring him back to talk to you about how to hold the baseball getting ready to pitch.

Hey!  What’s going on guys?  Nik Edmondson.  Before we get into talking about the mechanics of pitching, before we talk about performance, before we talk about all of that, we need to understand, “How do I hold the baseball and how does this hand work?”  So the first thing is I want to create that C or that backward C.  I want to put two fingers across, obviously little kids may want three, but about 10 and up, I want two fingers over, and I want the fingertips on the seams.  That’s going to give me a lot of control.  Eventually, I’m going to be able to start doing a lot of different things with the baseball, but for now, we’re talking about control, fingers on the seams.

Now that you are ready to grip the baseball.  You wan to leave some space between your palm and the baseball.  That’s going to allow the ball to rest right in that finger pocket so that you can really kind of slingshot the main two fingers.  It’s going to give you a little extra boost for throwing the baseball.  Now, wherever our slot is, the only thing I want to say is you don’t want to get your slots super high.  you want to get that elbow with the shoulder to keep it healthy.  Any time this elbow rides, you are impinging your shoulder.  So, that’s really the main thing there.  Wherever my slot is, I want my hand on top of the baseball.  The hand on top of the baseball is going to give the control.  Any time the hand drops to the side, the ball is going to move.  So I want the hand on top for control.

So remember, as we move into mechanics, as we move into throwing the baseball, get the four-seam grip, put the ball in your fingers, understand we’ve got to get on top of the ball with the hand and really put that ball in the pocket there.  Nice spacing between, the palm and the ball, and the thumb on the bottom of the ball.  It’s really important guys that we know how to hold the ball and that’s going to allow us to be successful throwing the baseball.

Thanks for watching guys!  Keep checking back as we’re going to go into mechanics.  Thanks guys!

Nik Edmondson is a renowned sports psychology consultant, coach, trainer, author, speaker and member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is the founder and CEO of Now Performance which specializes in training tools and methods for taking athletes to the next level. Nik has consulted with and trained some of the top up and coming athletes in their field as well as organizations. His company has a full line of training videos, books and programs designed to take you to the next level, no matter what your level is, even if you think you have tried it all.

Baseball Pitching Training Warmups

Once again it is great to have Nik back for some additional pitching training.

Hey, what’s going on guys?  Thanks for checking back, Nik Edmondson here.  Before we move forward into throwing, it’s really important that your arm is warm. To do it correctly your arm needs to be warmed up dynamically.  It needs to be contracted, it needs to be fired, and you need to have a good sweat going. All these things? YES!!

There are different ways that we can do this.  One of the most popular things and one of the things I’m a huge fan off is going to be band work, whether it’s the internal or the external, all the raises, all the presses, all well and great.  If you have the opportunity to take a band with you everywhere you go, I love it, go get it.  But one thing you’re always going to have at the baseball field is a glove and a ball and we can do our dynamic warm up in the shoulder without any equipment but these two things

What we’re going to do is we’re going to do 30 small circles forward, 30 shoulder raises, 30 presses, and 30 bent over raises.  This is going to really stimulate and strengthen the rotator.  It’s going to contract the rotator.  It’s going to get you warmed up and ready to go.  Your arm’s going to be hot before you ever throw,  and your going to be in a good place to be ready to throw the baseball.  Your going to be healthy.  Your going to keep your arm strong and your going to really add the power because the power comes from that contraction and the rotator.

So remember before you ever pick up a baseball, before you ever get into mechanics, before we talk about performance, you need to be warmed up.  A great pitcher needs to be in the right state of mind, ready to throw the baseball and that comes from being warmed up properly.

Thanks again for checking back with us and we look forward to hearing your feedback and successes from the field.

 

Baseball Pitching Training Introduction

A special thanks to todays special guest blogger, Nik Edmondson. Nik Edmondson is a renowned sports psychology consultant, coach, trainer, author, speaker and member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is the founder and CEO of Now Performance which specializes in training tools and methods for taking athletes to the next level. Nik has consulted with and trained some of the top up and coming athletes in their field as well as organizations. His company has a full line of training videos, books and programs designed to take you to the next level, no matter what your level is, even if you think you have tried it all.

Hey, what’s going on guys?  Nik Edmondson here.  I’m really excited.  I’m going to bring you a lot of great videos on pitching here as a guest blogger on pitchingdominance.com.  We’re going to take you from the mechanics of pitching and then the approach of pitching and then finally into the performance routine of pitching.

The one thing we have to understand, when you get on that mound, you want to be in a place of performing.  You want to get in a place of see glove, let it go.  I want you to trust it and I want your body to perform.  Yeah, you want to be in rhythm.  Yeah, you want to have great mechanics, really drive that backside, nice, relaxed and loose arm.  But at the end of the day, everything we’re talking about is being able to get on that mound, stay relaxed, see the glove, throw to the glove and then let it rip and trust it and let go of what happens after that.

So guys, I’m really excited.  I’ve got a lot more coming your way.  We got a bunch of videos starting off with the mechanics then moving in to the approach, and then the performance routine.  Thanks for hanging out and will see you soon.

You can find more about Nik Edmondson at www.nowperformance.com