Pushing Off the Rubber, Leg Drive, Ankle-Leg Flex ……Draining the Swamp

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The pushing off the rubber "debate" has been around since I began SETPRO. Back in the 90s Dick Mills, who at that time was probably the premier purveyor of pitching instruction, came out with a very successful advertising program where he called coaches who advocate pushing off the rubber is being brain-dead. As opposed to what Mills advocated which was …

Throwing the baseball is a Ferris Wheel on a Merry-Go-Round on a Flatbed Truck…..

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Brent Strom is the person who introduced me to Mile Witte. At the time Brent was Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the Montréal Expos (Brent is now major league pitching coach for the Houston Astros).not only is Mike and accomplished illustrator/cartoonist but a rabbit baseball fan specifically the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s actually quite good friends with the owner the …

Doing the Same Things Over and Over Again and Expecting……

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The above clip which illustrates two problems that all players face: This player exhibits classic bat drag along with a slow swing. A slow swing versus a quick swing. Significant difference. Bat speed has virtually nothing to do with swing quickness. So this player may have good bat speed but does not have swing quickness. Some History One of the …

We Are Only Capable of Seeing……..

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Here’s some unsurprising yet depressing news, said Catherine Rampell in WashingtonPost.com. "Many Americans believe a lot of dumb, crazy, destructive, provably wrong stuff." Recent polls have found that nearly half of Donald Trump voters still believe the "bizarre theory" that Hillary Clinton helped run a child sex slave ring in a Washington, D.C., pizza joint, and 52 percent are certain …

FUN-SPEC, More Than Just A “Plyo” Wall….

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I built FUN-SPEC May of 2002 to test some ideas for a multifunction ballistic training platform. It was also a good way to stay in shape (I was using myself as a "guinea pig"). FUN-SPEC is short for "Functional Specificity". The concept behind FUN-SPEC is to provide a complete/unified training platform subjecting the body to a variety of load profiles …

How Good Are You…….

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Creating throwing animations is one of the most powerful tools that I have for understanding how the body throws the baseball. To create a realistic animation you must understand how each part of the body contributes to throwing a baseball. And were talking about from the ground up through to the fingertips. I created this animation in preparation for my …

Question: “What Do These Two Players Have in Common….” A Commercial Break…

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Today I’m taking what might be called a “commercial break” to work on another installment of the “INTENT…THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY…..The SERIES Part 6 Long Toss….The Bad”. In the interim and hopefully to provide a better insight as to the methodology I use in trying to better understand how the body throws the baseball this is one …

INTENT…THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY…..The SERIES Part 5 The Bad Part 2…

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Also in our conversation I reemphasize my belief that the biggest detriment to developing young players has been the advent of video cameras, video instructional programs, and last but not least the Internet. That no two people see the same thing when they look at video i.e. there is no such thing as good pitching mechanics because there is no …

INTENT…THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY…..The SERIES Part 1 Over/Under Load… “The Good”

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Inventor of INTENT to throw and swing….. Is the tagline that I use on the setprosports Twitter site. Intent became a key element of the SETPRO training philosophy. More and more baseball training practitioners are creating training programs using their interpretation of intent. But how many really understand the benefits and pitfalls of intent? I’ve embarked on this series of …