Top 10 Pitching Drills To Develop The Perfect Pitching Mechanics [Top 10 Thursday Ep.1]

Hey guys, I’m Coach Madden, official trainer
of and today we’ve got the Top 10 Pitching Drills to develop the
perfect pitching mechanics. The first pitching drill we’re going to do
is the wall drill. I’m sure you guys have all seen this one before
but it’s a great one because it works on the beginning of the pitching delivery and if
you get this right, alot of things later in your pitching delivery are going to happen
correctly. So working on the beginning of the pitching
delivery is very very important and that’s what this pitching drill helps you with. All you’re going to do is get up against a
wall, or a fence, or something that you can go into. You’re going to get set up nice and close,
just like you’re going into the stretch. Like you’re pitching straight perpendicular
from the way you’re set up and you’re going to get into your leg lift. The only thing you want touching the wall
or the fence is going to be the side of your butt, ok? You don’t want your front knee to touch, you
don’t want your front foot to touch, you don’t want your shoulder to touch. One other thing to focus on is to have your
head on the target. So I’ve got a little dot right here, I’m going
to focus on that dot as I’m going through this drill. So it looks a little something like this. So the only thing touching right now is the
side of my butt, not my knee, not my foot, not my shoulder and I can still see my dot. One more time, it looks a little something
like this. Good. Now, one other thing you want to pay attention
to is your back leg. When I see a lot of guys do this drill, what
I’ll see is they stay really tall on their back leg, really straight. We really want to sit into that back leg as
we’re doing this drill. So having a lot more bend. No knee, no foot, no shoulder. That’s the wall drill. The next pitching drill is the Rocker Drill. I’m sure you guys have all seen this one. You’re going to get set up nice and wide like
you’ve already taken your stride. You want to be in line heal to heal. You’re going to kind of sit into this. Now, there’s two ways to do this drill. One way is to rock and turn the back foot
with the laces going down and then also to let this back foot come up and over like as
if you were pitching. So it’s going to look a little something like
this. Get nice and wide, sit into it, heal to heal,
set the arms where you feel comfortable, rocking forward and back, hence the reason we call
it the rocker drill, and then when you separate when you’re coming back you want to separate
these arms closed off. I’m throwing straight this way, but I’m separating
closed off. Really closed off. 45 degrees or more closed off when I separate
my hands. Then I’m going to go ahead and throw this
ball. I’ll show you one of each ways to do this
drill. First one, laces going down to the ground. Second one, back foot coming up and over. Rocking, separating closed off, laces to the
ground. Now the second one, I’m going to let the back
foot come up and over just like I’m pitching. Rocking, separating closed off, let that back
foot come up and over. The next pitching drill is going to be Figure
Eights. All we’re doing in Figure Eights is we’re
going to get an athletic stance, keep our glove right in front of us, and then we’re
going to turn like we’re doing a figure eight. Really get your hips involved in this one
and then when you separate, I really want you to separate really over exaggerated closed
off. So it looks like this and then we’re going
to throw. One thing I really want you guys to focus
on is pronating out in front when you do this drill because a lot of guys have a tendency
to do this drill and get around this ball. Really let their arm get out and around and
cut the ball off this way. So after you do that figure eight, I want
you to think about coming back forward and bringing the chest to the glove and pronating
the arm out in front. So it looks a little something like this. The next pitching drill is called Pivot Picks. What we’re doing in Pivot Picks is working
on our pronation. Pronation is when our arm turns this way as
we throw the ball. A lot of pitchers get around the ball and
they put a lot of stress of that elbow. So if you’re one of those guys, this drill,
as well as that figure eight (the last drill) are great drills for you to work on your arm
action. So for Pivot Picks we’re setting up facing
away from our target. I’m actually going to be throwing this way. All I’m doing is coming up with this ball
to my head like I’m making a muscle, then I’m rotating as far as I can, and then I’m
going to go and throw that ball and really think about pronating and turning down and
finishing this way. So it looks a little something like this. Arm coming up as a muscle, coming real high
and then get the turn. Pronating as your throw that ball. The next pitching drill is called Sit Up Throws. Now this is a great pitching drill to work
on that finish, that end, that last linear motion of the pitching delivery where you’ve
really got to bring that chest to that glove and finish out in front. What we’re going to do on this drill is actually
lay down on the ground. You can have your knees bent a little bit
and you’re going to go like you’re doing a sit up and as you come up stay closed off,
make that throw, and really bring that chest out in front as you do it. So it looks like this. This pitching drill is called the Reverse
Wall Drill. In the beginning we did the Wall Drill going
into the wall. This drill we’re going to be going away from
the wall. Hence, the Reverse Wall Drill. All we’re going to do is get set up with our
back shoulder close to the wall, or fence, or pad, or whatever we’re working with. We’re going to get set up here and all we
want to work on is not touching this pad with our arm path. So if we’re separating too early, separating
our hands too early, we’re going to hit this mat or this wall. Also, if we’re separating too straight back,
we’re going to hit this pad or this wall. So how do we really want to work on this? In the pitching delivery we should start moving
this way down the mound before we start to separate our hands. Also, our hands should be separated at a 45
degree angle or more closed off. So we should never hit this wall with our
hands if we’re doing this drill correctly. So we’re going to get here, get set up, start
down the mound, 45 degrees or more, and go. I didn’t even come close to this. I’ll go through it and actually finish the
throw here. So, I’m about maybe 6 inches or so away with
my back shoulder to the wall. Didn’t touch it. The next pitching drill is called Reverse
Throws. Now for this one I’m going to use a little
bit heavier ball. It’s a weighted ball, a plyoball, a plyo med
ball, and all we’re going to do is get down on our knee, we’re going to block off with
our glove side, we’re going to put this ball down out in front, and then turn and throw
this ball backwards. Obviously you’re going to need a wall or a
net or a fence or something to throw into, but one thing you want to focus on when you’re
doing this drill is not to get too spinny and out to the side. You really want to throw this ball with the
same arm angle that you throw with. So if you’re a 3/4 arm slot guy when you pitch,
you want to be 3/4 going back. You also want to follow this ball with your
head and open your shoulders as you throw it. So it looks a little something like this. The next pitching drill is called the Toe
Tap Drill. This is a great drill for anyone who opens
up too early because this drill is going to help us stay closed with our front side and
start moving down the mound in the proper fashion. So all we’re going to do is set up an empty
bottle. If it’s a windy day out like today, you can
fill the bottle up with some clay or if you have some water whatever you can fill it up
that way so it doesn’t fall over. All you’re going to do is get set up. You want this bottle in line with your back
foot, maybe slightly back, and then you’re just going to come up to your leg lift and
then come back down, set your toe on this bottle. You’re not really going to put a lot of pressure,
but then you want to start moving down the mound with your hips first and then you’re
going to explode that front leg open which is going to help your hips open and get more
hip to shoulder separation, in return helping you pitch faster. So let me demonstrate this drill again in
full speed to show you what it looks like. The next pitching drill we are going to do
is called Sit Drives. You’re going to need a bucket for this one,
or a chair, something about this height, obviously a pitching mound. We’re going to get set up, we’re going to
sit on this bucket. Now, one thing you want to really focus on
in this drill is that you want to keep your knee inside of your ankle. You don’t want to stacked over or have the
bucket too far over this way that your foot is stacked. You want to keep that knee inside of your
back foot. All you’re going to do in this drill is really
rock back from this bucket and then drive out of this position. Hence, why it’s called Sit Drives. Now this drill is great for guys who need
to work on using this back leg and create energy with this back leg and get stronger
with this back leg. So it looks a little something like this. Sit on the edge of the bucket, kind of get
a rock to it so you can get that stand up, but when you do stand up don’t let that knee
get over the back foot, stay inside that ankle. Let me show you one more time. The last pitching drill is called the Broomstick
Drill, or in this case, the PVC Stick Drill and this is to work on your breaking balls. What you’re going to do in this pitching drill
is be on your pitching mound or if you’re working off flat ground that’s fine as well
but your partner is going to hold up the PVC or the broomstick about the height of your
release point and what you’re focusing on when you’re throwing your breaking balls is
getting over that PVC and then following it down as the coach drops it. The reason this is a great drill is because
I see a lot of guys when they start to throw their breaking balls they get real short and
kind of cut that thing off. So you really want to think about getting
over it first and then following it down. So it looks a little something like this. Thinking about having the right grip on that,
getting over that PVC or broomstick, and then pulling it down. If you guys like this video, give me that
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77 thoughts on “Top 10 Pitching Drills To Develop The Perfect Pitching Mechanics [Top 10 Thursday Ep.1]

  1. We didn't have super professional coaches here in Austria back in the 00`s – NOT Australia 😉 – and only the top pitchers had better coaching. I used to play centerfield or third base and never really understood why sometimes I had a really fast throw and sometimes it all just felt loose and without explosive power – I still made it to the U16 national team, but we couldn't compete with the strongest European teams, we crushed Sweden though (in a game that started out pretty tight) and had a lot of fun at the championship overall – I caught a line drive in Centerfield against the Netherlands (who won the Championships).

    For my personal issues I actually like the first drill a lot, because opening up too early, as well as not using my back leg enough were things I did wrong, when I played baseball as a teenager back then (age 10-18). Now I'm 29 and thinking about getting back into playing as a hobby and get back together with some old friends (who are still playing regularly).

    Thank you for those videos you are putting out there! 🙂

  2. I like the foot on the bottle drill and pitching off the bucket!! Got anything to reinforce keeping your head up?

  3. several of these drills will help you with your moves at the club, as well!
    as always John, great info for kiddos and coaches. thanks for what you do.

  4. Thank you so much for your videos! I'm 17 and my dream is to play baseball at a higher level, but I'm a smaller guy, not as strong, and didn't make my legion baseball team but view myself as a pretty good ball player. I'm a second basemen but strive to be a pitcher. All I for pitch selection is a fastball, and a changeup. If you could It would be awesome if you would add me back on snapchat to talk more.

  5. have done the wall drill many times. I think it is helpful. I have also done the broomstick drill to teach the curve. Instead of a broom I used a net…Curve had to come up and over the net. Great video. We have also done the Sit n Drive drill except we called it the bucket drill.

  6. working with little guys who are in tee-ball and machine pitch, which pitching/throwing drill do you thinks helps emphasize keeping the thumb down?

  7. Coach Madden,

    My son has a big problem of not finishing, and I can't seem to find a drill to reinforce this. After release his arm doesn't follow through the path, he stops it cut it short. I was wondering if you had a video of a drill.

    thank you. Great Vids!

  8. Because of you I'm throwing 70 which helps a lot cuz I'm on varsity and I go against a lot bigger people (seniors)but I'm a Freshman and I could only imagine what I'll be throwing by my senior year

  9. Question about your 45 degree angle in drill being closed off, you recommending that for youth players just learning to pitch, we teach a lot of getting glove or elbow pointed at target, this would go against a lot of the teaching we do with the rest of their throwing motions.

  10. My 11 year old really likes these drills and they are the real deal. Thanks coach love the videos keep posting

  11. Thanks a bunch I love your vids they help me in baseball, a lot. I showed my choice your videos and we do them at every practice. If I could I would like it 1 million times

  12. Thanks for these excellent drills. My pitchers (9-10 year olds) really benefited from learning them. The wall drill and reverse wall drill are great because the kids can do them at home inside the house. I encourage them to visualize the pitch while doing the drill. You do an amazing job demonstrating the drills. Thanks again.

  13. John,
    You are doing great work. I particularly appreciate the brevity and conciseness of your videos. I can be long winded and you've helped me communicate to the twitter, snapchat age. My three favorites of these 10 are #8"toe tap", #1"wall drill" and#6 "Reverse wall" drill. #2"The Rocker" is part of our pregame trowing routine for every one. Keep it up!

  14. good video! I played 10 years with Texas and Washington but as a hitter and infielder. I really like the wall drill, the toe tap, the bucket, and reverse wall drills. I will be using these with the kiddos!

  15. Can you please do a vid i don't care about credit I just want help if I throw it I gets way to much spin you haven't made a vid on it since like 2010

  16. If I was to use these drills for my pitchers, is there a certain order they should be done in? Minus the breaking ball drill. They are 10 yrs old.

  17. Hello Coach Madden! I was noticing that you mentioned teaching pronating while throwing in a few of the pitching drills. What would you suggest pitchers use when throwing a Breaking ball such as a curveball?

  18. Can you help me with 7 to 9 yr olds. These look great, but looking for easier with out losing their interest.

  19. Would you recommend throwing a lighter ball, like a Jugs Lite Flight, against a wall on medicineball days to practice mechanics? I want to incorporate some wall throwing but am not sure what would best help.

    I usually throw long toss by myself via a bucket of balls and finish by pulling down 70+ feet into a batting tarp. I do not have a lot of people to practice with near me when I can so I want to get the most out of every baseball session.

  20. My son is 12 and throws all arm thus causing some pain in his shoulder. He naturally throws hard but it does him no good. First because of the amount of stress he puts on his arm causing some pain in the shoulder area. I cannot seem to get him long on separation he continues to throw like a catcher (from the ear). If you have any suggestions or other drills on top of these we would greatly appreciate it. We will be working the reverse wall drill more along with the other steps.

  21. These are great pitching drills, thank you. Do you recommend doing all of these for kids 7-9 years old, or are there 3-4 that you think are best to focus on for that age group without overdoing it? Essentially the best core drills to learn. I tend to only teach pitching from the stretch at this age too to avoid too much going on.

  22. Great vid…my boy (9 yrs old) is starting out in minors (in Australia) and wants to be a pitcher. He has been watching your uploads and doing the extras outside of training. Was looking at maybe getting a pitchers power drive shipped from the US to Aus but it is expensive. Do you have thoughts on if it is worthwhile or what you would recommend. Really wants to work on his technique, enjoys it.

  23. Love these drills. My son has a problem with forearm flyout and I know in other videos you have suggested the TAP connection ball to help with this. I noticed there is only one size (12"). Would you recommend something smaller than that for a 10 yr old? Also, can any ball work as a substitute for the TAP connection ball or is that the one that seems to work best?

  24. Thanks for sharing these tips. I am going to incorporate all of these into my sons pitching practice. I think that they will all help to improve accuracy and velocity. I am especially interested in the "Pivot Picks" and the "Sit Up Throws" exercises. Thanks for all of the great tips!!!

  25. Ashley My man did a great job.Your prob lem is you could never do it with extra O2..He loves senseless negative comments like this cus people in stands are cursing him out sayin he’s old and can’t throw for shit but that’s all they got since he’s prob a phenomenal mechanically sound pitcher which is why he took the time to illustrate this to the hardcore 52 yr old athletes like myselfnot the haterz like yourself.Doubt me hate me U r the inspiration that I need.This ain’t delusion it’s the truth.Good luck

  26. I think the toe tap and the reverse wall drill will benefit my players the most. Those are two great drills my boys will be working on.

  27. I enjoy the drills but would really like to hear explanations for what they're supposed to address. Some are intuitive, others less so.

  28. Thanks. You’re the man! I loved the one where I couldn’t touch the wall before releasing. Reverse wall drill.

  29. thanks lost of hell now i can pitch 3 outs and only 3 balls in a holl ining and i usst to pitch 2 strikes and 10 balls.

  30. I thank you Coach; all your drills are very usefull for my little league's players of Andenne Black Bears (Belgium)

  31. These are great coach. Had a few guys with serious control issues, after working on some of these drills their control problems were solved.

  32. Hello definitely like the videos my question pertains to arm slot I have a kid who's arm ets outside almost sidearm action he throws very accurate just worried in the future if this might hurt his arm everyone has there own style I don't want to change his way

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