For a faster arm, try faster feet

Saw this on Cindy Bristow’s Softball Excellence site and thought it was worth passing along. We often try to get our pitchers to increase their arm speed in order to make the pitch go faster. But sometimes, in focusing on the arm, we forget about the feet.

Cindy points out that increasing the speed the feet move during the delivery phase will cause the arm to speed up automatically. Or at least it should. The body wants to remain in balance whenever it can. If the arm is going too fast for the feet, the pitch will be way off. The reverse is also true. But it’s easier for pitchers to think of speeding up the arm than the feet, especially because the legs are heavier and thus require more effort to move.

If you can get your pitchers to speed up the footwork, it will make it a lot easier for them to speed up their arms and deliver the ball not only faster but more reliably.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on March 26, 2008, in Pitching. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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