Keith Madison, former Head Baseball Coach of the University of Kentucky, doesn't spend time on mechanics in this baseball video series. Coach talks about those often over-looked, yet essential, pitching skills. Using personal examples and the knowledge of a seasoned coach, Coach Madison pitches a "no hitter" in this series. Here's more baseball pitching drills.
How much time do coaches spend on the mental part of the game? Coach begins discussing the lack of training spent on the mental aspects of baseball. Maturity plays a large part in developing mental toughness. So, what is the coach's role? You'll find some good advice in this baseball segment.
Visualization is as important to pitching as the mechanics. This segment offers some ways to assist players in developing visualization skills. Coach shares how visualization improved his pitching skills to the level that will help players advance in the game.
Know your strike zone. That's one of the keys to being a successful pitcher. Coach talks about the four strike zones and how to train pitchers to be aware of the zones, but consistently pitch to the umpire. Another skill discussed is Deception, possibly one of the most underrated pitching skills. Coach shares examples and techniques for using deception when pitching.
Control is more than throwing strikes. It's being able to locate the baseball in the strike zone consistently. A high velocity pitch is no good, but it will never be great if the pitcher can't locate the pitch consistently. Coach shares some techniques he's used to help pitcher's improve this skill.
Getting the catcher and pitcher together during the game to discuss swings of opponents is essential in helping pitcher's get an edge. Coach goes on to discuss another crucial aspect of pitching: Getting Ahead in the Count. Some specific numbers are shared in this baseball segment to drive home the point.
Repeating Pitches is up next. We often think a good pitcher never throws the same pitch twice. But, repeat pitches are effective. Coach discusses repeating pitches and change-ups along with when to employ the various strategies.
Controlling the Tempo is so important, If the pitcher controls the tempo of the baseball game then the infielder's will make better plays. The pitcher has 11 seconds between pitches to have optimal control of the tempo of the game. Coach ends with discussing the importance of Body Language in. There's only so much confidence on a baseball field. One of the classic battles in baseball is that one between pitcher and hitter. Positive body language gives a pitcher the upper-hand.