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Has anyone here heard of or used the ThrowMax Flexible Arm Brace?
Came across it while browsing some baseball equipment sites. Does it really help kids correct short-arming the ball?
I agree with Kip- The towel drill is a lot more effective. I use that drill when training the kids. Usually the focus of the towel drill is to isolate throwing arm accelaration and decelaration action and teach proper throwing arm extension. The way that I learn how to do it is that the pitcher holds a small towel in his throwing hand. He then spreads his feet as far apart as comfortable, attempting to simulate a sound landing position in the delivery. The back foot remains perpendicular to a line to the target, kind like in a stretch pitching position. The front foot is pointed almost completely to the target. Weight should be evenly distributed, and the front knee should be inside the foot. Make sure that the shoulders are level, with the glove side shoulder pointed to the target. Head and eyes are level, looking at the target. Elbows are raised to shoulder height and inside the shoulders. From this position, the pitcher, on command, pivots on his back foot and completes his throwing motion, using the towel to make contact with partner's hand. However, the partner is on one knee with his palm up at such a distance away from the thrower that the thrower must fully extend to hit the palm(glove) witht the towel. IT works and it is cheaper than buying the ThrowMax. Kip is so right, this drill works. Hope it helps.
The ThrowMAX is a great tool to correct short arming the ball. The ThrowMAX does not allow the player to bend the arm greater than 90 degrees while throwing a baseball. It also fixes players that throw with a low elbow. Players learn by seeing, feeling and hearing. The ThrowMAX allows the player to feel the proper arm motion to throw the ball.
We have used it extensively on the player we coach and have had great results. The ThrowMAX weighs less than 3 ounces and does not impede proper throwing mechanics.
We also use the ThrowMAX during the towell drill in front of a mirror to reinforce and enhance the learning curve.
The great thing about the ThrowMAX vs Strippz or the towell drill, is you can accually throw a ball with it on. That is the whole point of the ThrowMAX... to learn to throw mechanically sound while throwing. The ThrowMAX is great to use during long toss and bull pens and just plain playing catch. The progress and results are quite amazing to watch.