Quite often I have come across the parent or young pitcher who thinks there is one way to throw a baseball or that getting informatoin from more than one source may be confusing. They pose the question of how to deal with coaches who only believe in their one way or if working with another coach will confuse the player. I read this quote today from Bruce Lee and love how it relates. As athletes and as human beings, it is key for our growth that we continue to learn, adapt, and overcome. When it comes to pitching training and pitching performance this all applies. It is always beneficial to keep an open mind to what coaches have to say. Then take Bruce’s advice and “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
For me, it is all about making pitch to pitch adjustments and this also goes for my pitching training. Constantly staying hungry and striving to improve everyday. As I have continued to study and learn about pitching training, my methods have adapted and progressed because my teachers and coaches have challenged me to look at things new ways, experiment with different training modalities and methodologies. No matter whether it is weight lifting, martial arts, yoga, etc, it all comes down to how does this help me as a pitcher. Does becoming a better athlete improve you as a pitcher? In my opinion, yes yes yes! I hear some coaches say to focus on mechanics and the rest will come. Very, very rarely have I seen this. However many times have I seen a pitcher work on becoming a better athlete and then its like the mechanics automatically come. The better athlete makes the little adjustments. The better athlete repeats their delivery more consistantly. Pitching is a skill of movement with rhythm and timing, more than it is about mechanics or positions. In my experience, improve the athlete and you automatically improve the pitcher.