How To Improve Pitching Accuracy [Command the Baseball with these Pitching Control Tips]


What’s up guys? Coach Madden of
YouGoProBaseball.com here with Brent Pourciau of Top Velocity and we’re
gonna talk about pitching accuracy today talk about how guys who are struggling
with accuracy can possibly get better with it your philosophy on it what they
could do to work on it so to me like accuracy is theirs there’s two ways we
define where the accuracy it’s some people call control/command
accuracy precision so basically control or accuracy is III can get it into the
zone I’m just somewhere in the zone precision command is I can get it in the
zone in the bottom right corner so ideally we want to have command right so
here’s the focus to do that we have to be first consistent with our mechanics
if I’m consistent with my mechanics then I can predict where my ball is going to
be at release right if I’m not consistent with it then I can’t predict
where my ball is gonna be released then it’s gonna be hard for me to predict
where I’m gonna locate the pitch or be as precise of where I’m gonna hit the
pit the target every time so once we have consistency which means you’ve done
it enough like you’ve put in enough reps where it’s become muscle memory and it’s
like you don’t have to think about it just happens and you know where you’re
gonna be every time you can be consistent with bad mechanics you can be
consistent with good mechanics so accuracy and precision is affected by
mechanics but it’s not effective on mechanics if you’re just really good at
consistently doing these bad mechanics you probably can locate pretty well
right but ideally if you understand your mechanics and and you get consistent you
then can do two things you can not only predict where you’re gonna be every time
but if you’re not there you know how to make the change to get there and that’s
the difference to me between someone trying to be accurate with bad mechanics
to good mechanics is the bad mechanics if that day for some reason they’re not
consistent they’re struggling you know they got the yips they’re struggling to
hone it in and fix the problem so that’s where the mechanics become very
important so it’s outside the consistency here’s the mechanical
components that help us stay accurate or precise and that is linear energy the
more linear energy I create specifically in my trunk to where I want to go
it’s more easy that I can make corrections and adjustments because I’m
gonna be more unlikely locating more in a more precise area right so but if I’m
really rotational and I’m spinning off its I might think about just the angular
aspects of it I’m gonna be you know I could release here you know I cannot
release over here I’m trying to find a point where my arm crosses the zone as
opposed to when I go linear I’m already in the zone moving towards the zone it
just comes down to a point of the timing where I miss in that direction which
more likely it’s gonna be in the area it comes down to missing up up and down so
typically when guys are rotational they’re there mrs. are left to right
typically when guys are more linear their misses are up and down but better
chance they they’re more still more accurate going forward so here’s the
thing if I keep missing arm side arm side arm side and I know I’m pulling I’m
rotational that means I’m dragging my arms so my adjustment needs to be get
more linear power with separation and carry more trunk forward now I’m not
armed side now I’m in the middle of the plate as long as my energy is going that
way now it’s a did I miss up then my trunk finished up or did I miss in the
dirt maybe I transferred my trunk or now I’m making those adjustments to the up
or down so if I keep missing up I’m gonna try to get more power and carry my
trunk more into the target and then I’ll miss in the zone and so the point is
like if I’m two rotation I’m missing left or right if I’m two if I get good
linear I’m missing up and down that’s where I rather miss I can make better
adjustments there and I’m in the zone and at that point it comes down can I
correct like I went from missing glove side glove side glove side now I made
that correction to get more linear now I’m hitting the middle of the target but
now I want to shift over to the inside part of the plate so now I’m going to
carry maybe I’m gonna stride a little bit in that direction I’m gonna carry my
energy a little bit more towards that side now I’m gonna get consistent there
and my confidence there and now that’s where I’m looking so that’s how I would
do it if you’re using a good biomechanical understanding to be
becoming accurate or precise very nice two things I want to add to that one I
did an old video long time ago about I measured off being
offline with the land foot I was off like three or four interests and then I
took a piece of string and went down to the plate and that three or four inches
turned into over a foot right over here so something very small here can make a
big difference over there in your direction so a direction is huge second
thing I like to talk about when it comes to pitching accuracy or command is
visualization just kind of having the confidence conviction but also seeing it
before it happens you know I used to see like a laser being almost you know I
kept my eyes open but I’d see that laser beam hit the catcher’s target mitt where
I wanted to throw that ball and that just helped me execute on the pitch a
little bit better but I think it makes a good point I think there is more than
one way to do this you know I give you away another coach to give you away I’ve
had debates with coaches that it isn’t even biomechanical it’s just a mindset
like you’re saying and and and at the end of the day I understand all that but
I what it comes down to there’s many different things that are affecting your
accuracy or precision and ultimately I believe you got to get good at
understanding all them if you’re really gonna be good at it let’s talk about
real quick the guys who say that it doesn’t matter how hard you throw it’s
all about accuracy what do you have to say about that I mean zack greinke did
that in a minor league a are in a spring training game he went out and threw like
82 82 and located his pitches and got hit all over the place and he wanted to
prove that velocity is important I think that was a great very good lesson and I
took typically land on that side of yeah I understand when guys want to do the
debate boy if you’re throwing 100 and you can’t find the zone how are you
gonna be good I get that but and but if you’re 80 82 in in big league ball and
you’re and you’re painting and putting the ball wherever you want how are you
gonna fool someone because at the end of the day what is velocity velocity is the
amount of time they have to see what you’re doing it’s the amount of time
they have to see what strategies are you using against them and when you cut that
time off with velocity by giving them like you know like they say like 100
minor festivals like 0.2 tenths of a second you’re I barely even has time to
adjust to see where it is at that point so you’re never gonna win
the velocity argument do we need it do we don’t because it’s such a key piece
to creating deception and to fooling the hitter because you’re giving them less
time to react not only that but it’s something that is very measurable so
people use it unfortunately whether with whether you like it or not we use it in
the baseball world to see oh this guy’s throwing 90 miles an hour okay he could
play at our school that’s like a get in the door you know marker that’s it but
to me why does that because it levels the playing field because if you’re
looking at a kid a Scouts looking at a kid playing you know a little bit ec
high school and dealing and then he’s got a kid to an average in the biggest
High School in the country how does he know the caliber the level of these two
pitchers that he needs measurables you know he more medals and than velocity
but velocity is a key measurable to understand well look at this kid he’s
dominating with an 82 mile an hour fastball on this kids just getting by
with a 90 probably because the level of play is off and that gives them an
understanding maybe that kid is not as good as he looks because he’s at a
smaller level in a with a lower speed so I guess the the best answer is the best
players do both you got you got to be able to do both do
it all like where did where does that ever go wrong you got to do it all what
do you think makes a professional right a highly skilled person who can do it
all right absolutely Brent and I shot a video where we talked
about four tips to instantly increase your pitching velocity so if you’re
someone who does have the accuracy in command and you’re looking to increase
that velocity definitely check that out because we talked about four big things
that that kind of graph your program in a nutshell and if you follow these big
ideas and you watch that video and you implement the stuff you’re gonna see
some huge results so all you got to do is click the first link down in the
description they’ll take you to a page answer your first name and your email
will shoot you that video over right away and watch it and check it out let
us know what you think because we know it’s gonna help so thank you for
watching guys and I will see you in the next video thanks Brian yeah thanks but
this video right here we’re going to talk about pitching velocity leaks where
guys are leaking their velocity and we’re gonna make this a little bit fun
we’re gonna have a competition I’m gonna give you one leak he’s gonna give you a
one leak we haven’t talked about this we don’t even know what we’re gonna talk
about we’re just gonna please stop Yulin right now but in all
seriousness this is gonna be some good stuff because

11 thoughts on “How To Improve Pitching Accuracy [Command the Baseball with these Pitching Control Tips]

  1. This is the one thing I can do. My velocity isn’t as strong as I would want it to be., but I can position my pitches exactly where I want them to be.👍

  2. Hey Coach,

    I have decent velocity on my fastball, but when I throw my knuckle curve my velocity drops heavily. It’s a good pitch, but I just need to get it faster. Do you have any tips? Thanks

    -Max

  3. OMG, those guys in the background spending all their time placing weights on the bars, lift once, then go replace the weights again for 10 more minutes, walking around, getting more weights, putting weights back, talking a little bit. Hilarious! Is that really all that goes on in the gym?

  4. I can't listen to the top velocity guy, stop having him on, over analysis of everything, just stop bro.

  5. I need help, I am throwing the ball and I am throwing either up and in low and away or just short of my target, I have also noticed a significant decrease in velocity can any body help me out here and tell me what I may be doing wrong?

  6. standing still after followthrough like Roy Halladay, Tom Glavine, Cliff Lee
    stop emphasis on velocity, so many pitchers who can hit mid 95s but non of them
    achieve a good ERA or WHIP like halladay, glavine or Cliff lee with low 90s only
    standing still helps you to focus on your release point at the front
    once u fix the release point at the front, u can command easily and repeat the motion of release point every pitch

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