How To Improve Pitching Velocity ….IN ONLY 1 MONTH!


What’s up guys? Coach Madden, YouGoProBaseball.com and we’re
here with another Office Hours episode where I answer your baseball questions here in my
office. But actually, we’re going out to the field
today because the question is about pitching velocity and it comes from Gingin GD. He says, “hey my name is Daniel and I’m 14
years old. I pitch between 72 and 75 miles per hour. I need to learn how to improve pitching velocity
in just one month. Can you please help me? I hope you can help me with these tips. Thanks Coach.” So, if you guys don’t know, I have a YouTube
channel. I have over 1,000, I believe over 1,000, videos
now. As a former professional pitcher myself, a
lot of these videos deal with pitching velocity, pitching accuracy, pitching tips in general
for you to be a better pitcher. So, what I’m going to do for you Daniel and
the rest of you guys watching who want to increase their pitching velocity, I’m going
to put together my best tips from all of those videos right here in this video. So, if you’re interested in trying to learn
how to increase pitching velocity in a short amount of time, this is going to be the video
for you. Now, don’t get it twisted, noting comes easy! Everyone is looking for that magic pill. “How can I add 10 mph in 3 days?”. It doesn’t happen, right? Yeh, there’s some instant fixes, some mechanical
stuff that you can do that will give you that little bump, but just remember it’s the hard
work and the dedication, discipline, over time, that’s really going to give you the
real velocity gain, the real stuff that you’re going to keep and hold onto forever. Those development gains. You know, not just those quick little hacks
that you can do. But, I’ve got all of that coming for you in
this video. Check it out! The first thing you have got to do is set
a goal. You have to want to increase your pitching
velocity. You need to sit down and put pen to paper
and say “this is what I want to do”. Now, we talked about SMART Goals in some of
my other videos. It’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic,
and Timely. It spells out smart. Ok. That’s what you want to do. You want to have it be specific. You want it to be measurable. So give yourself a mph that you’re shooting
for. If you’re throwing 80 and you want to throw
85, say “85”. Don’t just say “I want to increase my pitching
velocity”. Say “I want to throw 87”. You also want to make it attainable and realistic. If you’re throwing 50 and you’re saying you
want to throw 90, that’s probably not realistic in the short term, right? Also timely. You want to be timely with it. Say when, in one month, two months, three
months, by the end of the season? What is it? That’s a SMART Goal. So set a SMART Goal. Increase your mobility to increase your pitching
velocity for only $1.48. We’re going to use one tool and it’s right
here. $1.48 it’s a piece of PVC pipe right here. I got it from Home Depot. It actually came in a 10 foot piece and I
just cut it in half, ok, and it was like less than $3, it came out to $1.48 each piece and
this is a great tool to work on increasing your shoulder mobility and some other stretches
that you can do with this PVC pipe and I’m going to show you just a few of these mobility
drills that you can do with this PVC pipe to increase that mobility and in return increase
your pitching velocity. Obviously, this is a small piece to the puzzle. There is a lot more that comes with increasing
your pitching velocity. So, here’s a few exercises you can do with
this PVC stick. One I call Pass Overs. You’re just going as far as you can out to
the side and you’re going to pass over your head until it goes back to your back. You’re going to go around 10 times each way
until you hit your back, hit your belly, hit your back, hit your belly. Ok. Then we’re going to lead with the right hand
over and back around. Ok. And then we can reverse it. Obviously we’re going to do these 10 or so
times each. I’m only doing it a few times each for purposes
of length of the video so I don’t keep you here all day. So, that’s one. Then we can do laying it back on the forearm,
pull it back here, and we can work on our external rotation. This is a great one to stretch the shoulder
out right here. Then we can also stretch our lats out which
is a good one. We’re just going to kind of fall our hips
back and let our butt go back and stretch these lats out right here. Feeling a good stretch down the arm. We can alternate our hands and get a deeper
stretch on either side. And those are just a few exercises you can
do. I made a video with 10 mobility drills you
can do with a PVC pipe and I’ll leave the card right here that you can click on and
go watch that video if you want some more tips on how to use this PVC pipe. But again, this is just a great way, a real
cheap way, $1.48 or less at your local hardware store and you can increase your mobility and
possibly increase your pitching velocity. We really want to rotate that foot out to
push against and a lot of guys who hook this rubber like this, will end up sliding off
of the rubber and feeling that spike slip. So, I don’t really suggest hooking the rubber
like this. I think putting the foot down in front of
the rubber is your best bet. So if you need to dig a little hole. Like this one already has a hole dug into
it. But if you need to dig a little hole to get
in front of that rubber, that’s going to be your best spot. Loading is super important. We want to load to unload, right? If we get our energy loaded up, we’re going
to have more potential to unload that energy. So when we get loaded up, we really want to
load those hips and load the back leg. We want to be powerful. We want to look powerful. We want to get loaded up into that back side
so that we can drive out of it and create a lot of energy. We don’t want to just come straight up and
down with a leg lift right here, right? We want to load those hips, load that back
leg, look powerful so we can drive out of it. That’s very very important in the pitching
delivery. Now, pitching mechanics in general are very
important for pitching velocity. Load being the most important of it and if
you want a full video of the pitching mechanics and what you can do to really increase your
pitching velocity, check out the Load to Unload video that I made and also check out my Pitching
Velocity Killers, 9 Pitching Velocity Killers. I’ll leave a card up here to watch that one
and a link down below to watch those other two. Well, it’s very simple. Like I said, it’s instinctual. When you tell a young kid, “go ahead an rare
back and throw this one”, what’s the first thing he’s going to do? He’s going to tilt his shoulders and he’s
going to twist back, right? Rare back, that’s what that means and in fact,
that works. Why does that work? We talk about pitching velocity or the pitching
delivery, at least the way I speak of it, being linear energy and rotational energy
because I’m driving away from this rubber and then I’m also rotating. So we’ve got two types of energy, right? Now, the rare back part of this, when guys
separate, ok I don’t know if you know this but guys separate at 45 degrees or more closed
off. So if I’m pitching straight this way. This is third base. I’m a righty. Third base. Home plate. And when I separate my hands, 45 degrees would
be right about here. So, a lot of pro pitchers, high velocity pitchers,
when they separate their hands, they don’t separate straight. Even though that’s what we’ve always been
taught by our coaches. Separate and point straight to home. That doesn’t work. That doesn’t help you increase your pitching
velocity. The high velocity pitchers separate at 45
degrees or more. You’ll see a lot of righties separate at third
base. Ok. Now, why does this work? Why does this help? Well, because if we separate a lot more closed
off, we’re going to put ourself into a better situation to have good hip to shoulder separation. Now, ASMI did a study that showed that 80%
of your pitching velocity comes from hip to shoulder separation. So if we can get good hip to shoulder separation,
then we are going to be able to increase our pitching velocity. So the simple way to do that is if you guys
are very linear with your hand separation, is to start a little bit more closed off. 45 degrees or more closed off when you separate
your hands. Ok. Now, the second thing we talked about when
you rare back is tilting the shoulders, right? Now, that goes back to the linear energy. So we’re driving, then we’re rotating, and
then we finish linear again, right? Now if we’re tilted in the beginning, then
we have something to pull down with at the end. So now we’ve got this extra pull down at the
end if our shoulders were tilted at first. You’ll see a lot of pitchers, when they are
pitching, that shoulder comes down and their arm gets up. Their arm slot is in line with their shoulder
angle. Ok. So if you’re tilted up first, you’re loaded
to unload. Same thing with the closed off. You’re loaded to unload. Same thing with the tilt. Loaded to unload. So, it’s all about loading and unloading your
energy. So, the tip that I want you to steal from
this video is, when you separate your hands, separate at 45 degrees closed off or more
with a tilt in your shoulders and this is going to help you get more rotational energy,
more linear energy, and as a result you’re going to increase your pitching velocity. So it doesn’t matter how far you’re throwing
(long toss) or it doesn’t matter if you’re throwing weighted balls, or what weight balls
you’re trying to throw. Really all that matters is you use this formula. You use the number of throws times the intensity
of the throws and you want to build that up over time. Ok. So whether you’re doing long toss to get the
intensity out of the throws, that’s fine, but you can do the same thing at 120 feet
as you can do at 300 feet as long as you’re putting in the same intensity that you’re
trying to get out for that number of throws that day. When you get that set then you give yourself
some rest and then progress. You’re always trying to build upon that. Just like if you were in the gym, you wouldn’t
hop under the bench press and try to do 315 lbs the first time in the gym. Right? You can’t do it. You’d kill yourself. Same thing if you go out there and long toss
and do extreme long toss as much as you can the first day, your arm is going to be hanging
for a week. So you’ve got to start slow, build up over
time. Intensity times the number of throws. Distance doesn’t really matter but can help
you with intensity. Weighted balls don’t really matter but it
can help you with intensity. So it all, they can all work. Weighted balls, long toss, even staying closer
than a normal long toss, the short long toss can work, as long as you put the right intensity
and number of throws and progress it over time with your goal in mind. But, I’m going to show you just a couple of
my favorites right now what you can do with this thing. First, you’re going to have your arm out to
the side and all you’re trying to do with this tool is to make it bounce up and down
and then stabilize it with your arm. It’s very tough. I don’t know if you can tell how tough it
is just by seeing it on camera but trying to make it bounce up and down for 15, 20,
30 seconds, it starts to burn. Now, I don’t know if you can see that sometimes
it starts to go in circles, I don’t want that. I want it going up and down, so I try to keep
it going up and down. When I feel it going in circles, I stop, and
then I start again going back up and down. I already feel that burning. So that’s one of my favorites. Also, tucked into the side, going back and
forth here. This is another one of my favorites and this
one is a burner too. Trying to go side to side. Once you get into those circles, stop it,
go again. Now, the third exercise I’m going to show
you, this is going to be the last one, we’re going to do the same thing, we’re going to
be up in that 90-90 degrees. 90, 90 right here. We’re going to go back and forth, back and
forth. This one’s a burner too. All of these are burners. You’re really going to feel it in those rotator
cuffs, all down that arm. My arm is burning already and I only did 3
exercises. There are many exercises you can do with this. Is to have a recovery routine. Ok. Of course, if we’re doing all this exercises
and this throwing, we want to make sure we are recovering properly and quickly so that
we can bounce back and speed up our gains. Right? Because if we’re recovering quickly, then
we can have increases more quickly and of course it’s going to keep our arm safe and
free from injury and that’s what we want. So, if we have a good recovery routine, we’re
putting ourself into a good spot to have a lot of success. I’m not going to go too in depth on the recovery
routine here but I made a great video called the 6 R’s of Recovery. If you haven’t seen that one, you’re going
to want to go watch that one. Now, it’s a great one, you can click the card
right here that pops up or I’ll leave a link down in the description below where you can
go and watch that one. Is to stay committed. Now, if you’re watching this video you might
have got a few good tips on how to increase your pitching velocity and you may take a
few of them and you might do them for a couple of days. That’s not going to help! You’ve got to stay committed, alright. Take the things that work for you and stay
committed to it. Make a plan, build out a program, ok, you
have to stay committed. Anything worth having is going to cost you
something. You’ve got to put in the time, you’ve got
to put in the effort, you’ve got to be consistent, you’ve got to commit. So, if you want this, you want to pitch faster,
you’ve got to commit to it, you’ve got to put it on paper and make it happen. Do it, execute, get out there and work hard. Sometimes we make things too complicated but
it’s really not that hard. You just have to do the stuff that you have
to do to get the success that you want. Some of what you have to do is going to suck. Some days you’re going to be tired. Some days you’re going to be sick. Some days every bone in your body is going
to hurt. You can either sit around and whine about
it or you can grab your balls and man up. Push through and accomplish what you can with
what you have. Every time you put in the work it’s like making
a deposit in the bank. If you make enough deposits, you get a withdraw. So where you’re in that situation when you
need it, you’ve got all that passed work to draw from. Everything worthwhile in life requires you
to pay in advance. So don’t wait to start fresh on Monday. Wherever you are start right now!

64 thoughts on “How To Improve Pitching Velocity ….IN ONLY 1 MONTH!

  • November 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    first

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    First comment. I love your videos

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    You should watch the Japan vs. Mlb series sarting in November 8th on MLB network!

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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    Yo coach you should do a video on what baseball player can do in the gym to help on the field

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  • November 3, 2018 at 11:56 pm
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    What state do you live in I wish it was still that hot out where I live!

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  • November 4, 2018 at 1:36 am
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    that hard work deposits made me even more hungry to work even harder to achieve my goal of playing in a good college. We need more motivation like this thanks John.💪🏼⚾💪🏼🔥

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  • November 4, 2018 at 1:52 am
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    Hey coach, I’m in my senior year playing Division 3 baseball and I am a PO, I would love to play at the next level, (indie ball) but don’t quite know how to get my foot in the door. could you do a video on college seniors and what are some steps we can take to get there? Love your videos, thanks!

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:06 am
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    What's your job?

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Hey coach. I have a question about pitching. I’m 13 years old and a RHP. When I put my foot on the rubber it is not perfectly straight with the rubber, it’s at a 25 maybe 30 degree angle. This results in my stride foot aiming far to the right of home plate. I pitch perfectly fine with this as I am extremely accurate. When I pitch with my foot straight I’m slower and much less accurate. So I’m wondering if my foot placement is okay to be like that or if it needs to be changed. Thanks

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  • November 4, 2018 at 5:23 am
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    Hey John! What's different about four seam ball and two seam ball 's pitches.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    Hey coach. Im Kym Macatuno my position is catcher and i am the fourth batter in our team. Can you help me to become a better batter and have a good batting eye. Thanks coach. Arigatou Gozaimasu.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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    Hey coach, I am 16 years old, and a switch pitcher, but I really lack speed, I am wondering what weight routines I can do at the gym to increase velo. Thanks

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  • November 4, 2018 at 11:04 pm
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    Amen, stay committed. Coach, I'll say it again. Thanks for helping me help others. Can you do a video on the mental side of pitching. Is it me versus the batter or me versus making the perfect pitch? Or a combo of both?

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  • November 5, 2018 at 12:47 am
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    Coach, I was the 3 or 4 hitter in the start of the season and then I broke my thumb (not pitching hand) and can now pitch same velocity but when I came back in the middle I got a slump now my coach is making me 8 hitter when I should be at least 6 again any big offseason hitting tips?

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  • November 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm
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    Your vids help me alot

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  • November 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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    Its my first year playing baseball and pitching these vids have helped me a lot thanks

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  • November 5, 2018 at 9:14 pm
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    Thank you

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  • November 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm
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    hey coach, I'm a 12yr old that is homeschooled and lives 5 miles out of a rural town. I was wondering if you could give me some workouts that I can do with a bat, balls, tee, and glove, thanks.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    When getting drafted do college coaches take into consideration if I have or haven't been to any showcases? Plz answer.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    Hey coach, what have u heard about the tuffcuff program? Is it any good? I've been following it for a few months and want to know if I'm being as efficient as I can be

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  • November 6, 2018 at 1:30 am
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    I am a 12 year old kid who tops out at 67 I pitch a fastball a curve ball and a slider, I want to know how I could make my curve ball more affected I live yo vids, if u could answer this question that would be grate thanks coatch

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  • November 6, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    Hey John,last time my question is wrong.My question is :Is two seam fast ball and four seam fast ball's pitches the same?

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  • November 6, 2018 at 1:27 pm
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    How can I perfect the swing . I have a cricket swing . I want to improve to a baseball swing .thanx coach

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  • November 7, 2018 at 9:03 am
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    So John what's the different

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  • November 7, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    My elaborate is what's the different about two seam fast ball and four seam fast ball's pitches?

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  • November 8, 2018 at 3:44 am
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    Hey my name josh and I’m 9 years old can you help me not to bend my leg and throw more faster plz

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  • November 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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    Can I start playing baseball at 17 I played a little when I was little but had a bad experience I can pitch prettt fast for my first time I can pitch high 80s my first time trying but I have no technical knowledge and not accurate at all maybe I can throw hard because I do boxing and mma and if my arm is stronger from doing that I’ve always loved baseball but I wanna do somthing with my arm instead of punching because I don’t wanna be brain dead when I’m 60

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  • November 12, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    What glove should I use to try out for highscool? Infield outfield? I don’t know what position it is what he puts ke in please help.

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  • November 19, 2018 at 7:06 am
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    Good day coach john.
    My name is clark im a pilipino citizen who loves playing baseball.
    Coach John. Im already 17 yrs old. And 70 mph or less is my pitching speed . I want improve my pitching velocity . It is possile? If yes.
    Help me Coach John😊

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  • December 4, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    Hey coach madden i wanna learn how i can gain pitching velocity without access to a proper gym, all i have at home are a couple of dumbbells and kettle bells. Thanks

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  • December 5, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    what's the name of tool? 9:57

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  • February 24, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    I'm 12 I pitch 73 too

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  • February 27, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    I am 14 and I pitch 82-85 mph is that good?

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  • March 2, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    5:51birdie lol

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  • March 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Such a great video and great channel always great lessons! I’m practicing almost every day after school and on weekends in fact I have practice with some boys tonight can’t wait. I’m always working on my pitching and it’s getting better but I’m still having a little trouble with it. I am flying my arm out instead of pulling it in to my arm pit. And I’m having trouble with my step I’m stepping out to the left I’m a righty so it’s throwing my pitches of. Any tips that you have or anything to help me would be great let me know.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    Great video

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  • March 14, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    Those transitions hurts my eyes😂

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  • March 19, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    Hey coach, First video that popped up when i searched how to increase the velocity pitching. loved the tips, have been doing them for bout a week in a half I'm seeing improvements. Definitely make a video on things we can do in the weightroom to help with pitching and other mechanics that have to do with them.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Hey coach I got a question, if u separate over 45 degrees wouldn't the batter be able to see what pitch u r throwing

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  • April 11, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    Is it hepful too to those who are side trhowers?

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  • April 15, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Plenty of wanks for the wrist muscles and 3ml of sus & deca every week. You'll soon be throwing them balls harder than Michael Obama slapping the back of Barry's arse with his.👍🏻

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    Coach I’m sitting 79-81 mph on the mound. In your opinion is it realistic to get up to 86 in a month?

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  • April 23, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    Hey coach, i throw around 70-73. Is it realistic to try to increase my velocity to 79? I’m 13 years old.

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  • May 5, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    Can you help me throw 40 mph

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  • May 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Can you teach how to get started piching thos is max

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  • May 5, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    Theres also a ball like that

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  • May 9, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    I’m only 2 years old and I throw 95 is it possible to get to 100mph?

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    thanks it totally worked

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  • May 20, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    Hey coach. I’m 11 years old trying to get better at baseball. Right now I throw 106.2368392857 mph. Is it possible to get to 106.2368392858?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Where can I find the tool you shake back and fourth

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  • June 17, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    hi coach im 10 how do i do a good swing
    because i want to become a better hitter

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  • June 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    Hey coach I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve only gone up 2mph from my original speed , am I doing something wrong ?

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  • June 21, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    I am 10 years old. I pitch between 70-75 mph I need to get it up to 85 mph in 2 months

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Would 10-12 mph be an attainable for an 11 year old in a 3-4 month offseason routine?

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  • June 29, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    Thanks for the tips.
    I think the term is "rear back". Oh well, we know what you mean.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Thank you so much I’m 13 and I threw 80 now I throw 85!!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Looks like south orange

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  • July 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    Hey my name is Thomas I am 12 and I only through 65-68 mph but not so much at the end of the game how can I improve on stamina and throwing hard at the end of the game 🤷‍♂️

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  • July 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    How to pitch faster : don't skip arm day

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  • July 13, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    4:40 that’s a hole, that mound is so filled in, I’ve never seen that before, I pitch in some Grand Canyon craters.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    And I want to learn how to pitch better reply me please

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    I am a 13 yrs old pitcher

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    Were you a minor league pitcher?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Every comment on here:
    “Hey coach I’m only twelve and throw 126 mph. Is there any way I can get to 140 in a month?”

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