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Balance is everything when trying to throw.

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Next time you go to a Major League game go early enough to watch the players warm up. As they are throwing, you will notice that after they release the ball, their back foot rarely ever touches the ground but holds in the air with the player balanced on their front leg. More often than not, you will see that instead of spinning and stepping forward with their back leg, they will step back placing it back down where they originally pushed off from. They can do this simply because they are balanced not only when they are over their drive leg preparing to throw, but also balanced over their plant leg after they have thrown the ball.

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A great way to fix your throwing mechanics is to focus on being balanced not only on your drive leg while preparing to throw, but also on the plant leg after you have thrown. Getting players to focus on being balanced after they have thrown a ball is a great way to solve problems in mechanics even without focusing on them.

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Work on Strengthening your Shoulder

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This is the most polarizing topic lately in baseball because there appears to have been some amazing developments in getting players to throw harder. A program developed by Tom House has many players claiming they have found the key to throwing harder than they have ever before. To most in the baseball world, the debate isn't if it works, but more so whether it is safe.

I know I just opened the cookie jar and turned around and left the room, but the details of this program need to be provided to you by someone who really knows what they are doing, and not someone who watched a couple of youtube videos. What I will tell you is something that was told to me a very long time ago and I still believe to this day. If you were to race a Corvette and Chevy Aveo inside a gymnasium, the car with the best brakes would win. The theory goes that your shoulder will only allow itself to generate the amount of velocity that it can safely stop. Therefore, if you make your brakes better, you will be able to throw harder.

Work on building up strength in the back of your shoulder with motions that are reverse of the motion of throwing. Remember this is your throwing arm and a year of sitting out because you tore something isn't worth not playing. Especially since the majority of the people reading this will end their careers at their high school graduation. Even for those of us who play much longer, I can assure you after it is done, it feels too short.

Below are some examples of exercises which are great examples of strengthening the braking muscles of your shoulder.






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Want to throw Harder? Create Torque!

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Much like with hitting, in order to generate more power in our throwing, we need to create torque between our lower half and our upper body. Some players stumble upon this early and easily, and others have to work hard at it. This can be difficult once again simply because our eyes tend to play tricks on us when we watch Major Leaguers do things. Often the biggest mistake players make while throwing is to not get their front foot down in time, and they try to release the ball at the same moment when their front foot lands.

In order to be able to create the torque required to throw harder, you need to make sure that even though you are driving your momentum forward, your front foot gets down while your weight is on your back leg. This is a very simplified explanation, but we are simply talking about throwing not pitching and though they are very similar, they are not exactly the same. Take a look at some of these throws from outfielders and see if you can notice the sequence of their foot landing then their arm coming forward.





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