Baseball Pitching Tips: How To Enhance Your Control Playing A Game That's Fun!

Take a look at just about any inning where three or more runs are scored and I'd venture that at at least 75% of those innings one or more walks have been involved.  I instruct pitchers that you must throw strikes constantly and I don't care if a batter hits the ball to the trees past the outfield fence.  You can not provide the opposing team free gifts.  Often control issues are brought on by Forged more than throwing the ball instead of throwing the ball.


A good deal of people don't recognize that control also means having the ability to throw a ball off the plate and not just over the plate.  That usually means I can throw a ball three or four inches off the plate to get a hitter out who "chases" poor pitches.  When I'm ahead in the count, the batter almost needs to swing at the pitch that's only off the plate.

Control obviously also means control over the strike zone.  Being in a position to control pitches up and in or low and off is essential.  When I'm shooting low and off and I'm too high by a foot, the pitch isn't nearly as effective and may very well get hit hard.

When I'm shooting up and in and I'm off by ten inches and get the center of the plate, yet again, it's not nearly as effective.  If you're seriously interested in pitching, you should aim for a target every time you throw a baseball.

While I'm having a catch with my sixteen year-old son and I'm not behind the plate, we all play a game we invented called "Target. " We are both very competitive and this game is fun!  Twenty points generally wins and you need to win by two points.  We've got a regular grab and provide each other a target.   If you're throwing and are within a foot of the target with a fastball, you get a single point.  If you throw a changeup or breaking ball and are within a foot, you get two points.  (This gives you the flexibility to proceed after two points if you're monitoring late in the match.)

Not only will this help your control, however you'll have a blast playing it!

Even in the event that you would like to insult my son Tyler and I rather than play "Goal," recall this to boost your control, one of the very best baseball pitching suggestions is to aim for a target every time you throw a baseball!  It can be your throwing partner's left hip, right hip, left shoulder, right shoulder, etc..

How can this not help your own control?

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