Dynamic Pitching Program Introduction

Dynamic Pitching Program Introduction

Starting on Monday, November 9, 2015, in partnership with Defy Gravity at My Batter's Box in Prosper, TX, I am starting an introductory pitching development program that borrow's heavily from Driveline Baseball's The Dynamic Pitcher.

The 5-week, 10-session program will meet on Mondays and Thursdays in one of three time slots: 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, or 7:00 PM.

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My Approach to Training Pitchers

No two pitchers are the same. Even two pitchers with similar body types and mechanics likely have different diets, sleep habits, attitudes, experiences, and physical adaptations. They learn in different ways and respond differently to stress. 

And it doesn't make sense to give the same program to a light-tossing, pain-free pitcher that you would give to a flame-thrower with anterior shoulder pain, does it?

One size does not fit all. The program needs to fit the pitcher.

I want you to throw without pain.

My first step isn't far off from the first step at Ron Wolforth's Texas Baseball Ranch where they start with the pain. No matter what your other limitations are, pain will unquestionably hold you back.

A simple physical assessment taken from Kyle Boddy (Driveline Baseball) and a pain survey are the first steps in this individualized approach to training. This will help identify the cause(s) of the pain and help determine our initial focus for reducing and hopefully eliminating your pain.

If you are free of pain, you are free to train.

I want you to throw harder and stay healthy.

Driveline's throwing program is designed to produce efficient mechanics through guided self-discovery -- drills designed to help you teach yourself how to be more efficient! The program isn't just about building efficiency, though; it's also about fitness.

The strength portion of the program will be emphasized for those lacking a good foundation of strength. A good strength program will improve not only strength but also general kinesthetic awareness. You will discover how to feel what your body is doing.

The throwing program will use a variety of implements and modalities to train your body and arm to produce healthier velocity. Among these are heavy baseballs, light baseballs, heavy wrist weights, reverse throws, long toss, resistance bands, and more!

A full warm-up that focuses on proper muscle activation and a post-workout recovery protocol are vital to the process and included in the program.

I want you to think about executing your pitches not your mechanics.

It has been 7 1/2 years since I gave my last "pitching lesson", and I do not intend to ever give another. We may discuss mechanics and movement patterns and their pros and cons, but I will not micromanage your mechanics.

Mechanics will be learned during the drills in the throwing program. When you are on the mound, your primary focus must be on the pitch you are throwing. If we have done our work properly, your training will handle the rest.

If you work hard and commit to the process, you will get results.

I say this with confidence because I know the man that put the program together has done his research and has proven his results in practice. Kyle Boddy has tested every drill and exercise in this program, and I trust his work. (I highly encourage you to check out the Driveline Baseball website, especially the blog!)

Ready to learn more?

If you're still reading, that probably means you're either ready to sign up or you have more questions. Either way, the solution is to head over to my contact form and send me an email.

Announcing Summer Training

I've been away from coaching for too long. A couple of recent changes have been made that will allow me to get back into it, and I'm going to do it for free this summer. That's right. For June, July, and August (and maybe September), I will charge zero fees for coaching.

"What's the catch?" you ask. My schedule is not free-and-clear, so my availability will not be consistent. This is a big reason why I do not feel that charging a fee is the right thing to do at this time.

I am also capping this inaugural training group at 5 pitchers.


Free for me does not mean free for you. You will be responsible for the cost of materials and any necessary facility fees.

We will be using the Driveline Velocity and Arm Care MegaKit - which contains plyo balls, overweight and underweight baseballs, and J bands. You will be expected to buy and use your own (or share with a friend, I guess).


At this time, I do not have a dedicated space for pitcher training, so we will be working at one of the many indoor facilities in the area. If I have my pick of places, our indoor work will be done in central/east Plano.

Not all work will be one-on-one. Group sessions will help spread facility fees across multiple participants.

I will be following the general philosophy of Kyle Boddy and Driveline Baseball. Sessions will be geared toward training for pitching and will not be what is typically thought of as a pitching lesson.

There are 5 openings, but that does not mean that 5 pitchers will be selected. Good candidates will be healthy, in decent baseball shape, and serious about training.

Due to my professional responsibilities, my schedule will be somewhat erratic. Ideally, we would meet 2-4 times a week, but many weeks, we will be lucky to get 2.


If you are interested in free coaching in exchange for your hard work, click over to my contact form and shoot me an email. I am interested in your short-term and long-term baseball goals and why you think you're a good candidate. Please include your age and current level of play.

"Delayed Internal Rotation" revisited and elbow roll-in

Almost 4 years ago, I wrote an article that was sort of a spit-balled take on an arm action sequencing concept. Practically immediately, it was torn apart by Dr. Mike Marshall. I realized then that the article was poorly written. Part of that was the spit-ball nature of it, its kind of "thinking out loud" approach, but a big part was my wonderfully awful descriptions of and references to the kinetic chain.

Shortly thereafter, I threw a disclaimer at the top and promised to re-write the article. Well, there really isn't much point because, even cleaned up, I don't think the concept holds water.

Today, at Ron Wolforth's Pitching Central Ultimate Pitching Coaches Boot Camp, that exact article was mentioned in reference to an analysis of different types of lay back, what causes lay back, and how someone can have late forearm turnover and avoid the dreaded reverse forearm bounce.

It's an action that I've addressed before in my pitcher analyses. In my analyses (both professionally and on this site), I've drawn attention to when a pitcher decreases reverse forearm bounce by "picking up" his elbow. You can see this very well in my 2009 analysis of Brandon McCarthy. Back then, I described it like this:

It's hard to tell from this angle, but McCarthy's reverse forearm bounce might be exaggerated by some elbow flexion. By this, I mean that he picks his elbow up high enough that gravity plus natural elbow flexion - rather than inertia - appear to be causing some of the ball's downward motion. This view is inconclusive, but I don't believe his ulnar collateral ligament would hold up for very long if inertia alone caused a bounce that large.

You probably noticed that I was having trouble effectively articulating my thoughts about it. Chris Holt of Pro Bound USA in Clearwater, FL -- who didn't know I was in the audience -- has solved this problem for me by calling it "elbow roll-in".

With that term in mind, watch some of those McCarthy pitches again. Pay attention to his elbow and layback. While there is almost definitely an intertial lag component that helps with McCarthy's layback, the bulk of the layback was done by the way he rolled his elbow into position to lead his forearm.

This method of layback is something for which I've become a big proponent over the past 4 years (for a number of reasons that I don't have time to get into right now). I've needed a succinct way to describe it for some time, and I'm glad Chris was there to help me out.

Is it October yet?

Oops, looks like I missed my return target by a bit. I don't have time to really sit down and write a bunch about how my season went, how incredible The Best Night of Baseball Ever was (like you don't already know), or what all I've been up to this off-season, but some of that's on its way.

Here's a quick shot, though, for those that are getting their feet wet on the nutrition front. I just finished reading Dr. Jonny Bowden's The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, and I have to say that I learned a lot. I knew a bunch from frequently reading Brian St. Pierre's blog, but I was shocked at how much good stuff I was already eating.

The part that didn't really shock me was how good for me some of my least favorite foods are. I'm talking about the brassica family which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and kale among its members. The nutrient density and anti-cancer properties make them Dr. Bowden's superstar vegetable family. The knowledge I gained from reading this book helped me push past my hatred of these vegetables and actually starting eating them, and I'm sure I'll be better off for it.

You win this round, broccoli, but you'll never make it onto one of my pizzas.

You win this round, broccoli, but you'll never make it onto one of my pizzas.

I highly recommend the book, and I can't wait to dig into The 150 Healthiest 15-Minute Recipes on Earth, another of Dr. Bowden's offerings.