Baseball Pitching Tips--Using Checkpoints Is Not A Debatable Issue!
I don't want to sound like a dictator but using check points is not something that is "open for discussion." This is not debatable. All the real good baseball pitchers have checkpoints that they use before every pitch. Read what some very common check points are. If you take your baseball pitching seriously, you better have your checkpoints also!
Checkpoints are very simply mental reminders that a pitcher gives to himself before every pitch. They are something that every baseball pitcher should do before every pitch in order to be the most effective! Usually, baseball pitchers have about three or four. They will vary from pitcher to pitcher.
Some Common Checkpoints That Pitchers Use:
1. Step toward your catcher's target.
2. Keep the front shoulder closed when driving toward the plate so you don't "fly open."
3. Throw the ball and don't overthrow the ball.
4. Don't rock left and right and keep everything straight during the windup and the delivery of the pitch.
5. Remember not to tilt your head and to keep it straight.
6. Remember to "stay back on the rubber" if you have a tendency to get your body ahead of your throwing arm and it causes you to rush when throwing.
7. Keep your windup slow if you sometimes have a tendency to rush and it causes pitching problems for you.
8. Get the legs involved in the pitch to take some of the work load off your throwing arm.
9. "Stay on top" of your pitches or they will flatten out and be much more hittable.
10. Turn your hip enough when pivoting.
11. Raise your throwing elbow up to shoulder height or you will have a tendency to "push" the ball instead of throw the ball.
12. Break the hands apart early so you don't have to rush the throwing arm.
13. Raise your front knee to at least waist height or higher. The list can go on and on. (And it almost did.)
As an individual baseball pitcher, you have to decide what the three or four things are that should be your personal checkpoints. Only you will know what these things are that you should do, or should not do to pitch the most effectively. Think of them before you throw every pitch! It's not nearly as complicated as one might think. Simply think of an abbreviated form because it is not like you have to think of thirty, forty or fifty words before every pitch.
A typical list of checkpoints may be staying back on the rubber, front shoulder closed and point your landing foot toward the catcher's target. A more logical and abbreviated version would be "stay back, closed and foot." It takes about one second at the most.
Spending this valuable one second will help you tremendously as a baseball pitcher!