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(VIDEO) How To Throw A Lights Out Curveball Using Only A .47 Cent Halloween Toy... No Baseball Required

Hey guys...

Here's my latest blog post.  Enjoy!

Trust what you FEEL!

Lantz Wheeler

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Comment by HENRY WALTHAM on May 18, 2017 at 7:00pm


Comment by Will Laurence on May 21, 2017 at 9:30pm

Great stuff!

Comment by Kip Gross on May 22, 2017 at 12:11pm
#1, I will never teach a breaking ball to anyone that doesn't have good mechanics because they'll struggle with consistency. #2, Most all of my pitchers grip the curveball and slider the same way but the how the hand comes through is 2 completely different motions. #3, almost every offspead pitch is better if the pitcher stays back just a wee bit longer with his upon half. Key to good breaking balls, good mechanics
Comment by Lantz Wheeler on May 22, 2017 at 1:11pm

#1:  What are good mechanics.

#2:  It's impossible for the human body every throw the ball the same way twice.  You have a better shot at winning the lotto 11x in one day. 

#3:  What stays back, how long does it stay back.. How do you get them to stay back the exact same way without it being a different motion.  

Just having a little fun Kip.  

Comment by Kip Gross on May 22, 2017 at 2:28pm
Good mechanics are when the lower half works with the upper half with consistency. And the front side must work with the backside.

I don't get into being exact, more about being an athlete and trying to repeate the same delivery as best that you can

The head and shoulders and total upper half stays back until the front hip can't go any further towards the target.

I will hold the front of the pitchers forehead and not let it go anywhere until I believe the lower half has gone as far as it can go. This also allows very good seperation of the hips and shoulders so that they can also work together.

Stay tall
Stay back
Stay connected
Comment by {for Don on September 27, 2017 at 3:38pm


As usual you have made some excellent and very helpful comments.

Dr. Tom house  along with numerous other body movement experts suggests that the hips should lead the body's way by sliding forward in a sideways body movement to at least twelve inches forward from their initial position at the rubber with a stride length of app. one's body height to stride foot touch down.

I find that most aspiring young pitchers pro and/or amateur run away from the rubber what I term as a [TEETER TOTTERING} movement by just striding out and then at touch down they unnecessarily/ physically pick up the rear drive foot instead of letting it naturally leave the surface on it's own at the peak of it's extended ground force action,

at stride foot touch down as you mentioned is when {HIP TO SHOULDER SEPARATION } occurs, when the hips /lower half rotate while the  collar and shoulders/upper body half remain momentarily closed then immediately thereafter following hip rotation the collar and shoulders complete the second and third phase of the three pivotal body movements.

 To allow pitchers to acquire the feel and the idea of the hip slide and the hip slide balance I have each individual turn their caps around then as they go through body movement I hold onto the bill you can also use a belt etc. in order to hold their head and upper body half in the proper spinal alignment position throughout their pre-measured hip slide movement.

Persistent and repetitious practice will overcome the difficulty of the body movement.

Proper hip to shoulder separation allows for the momentum built from the rubber to stride foot touch down to move on up through it's kinetic chain/ the hips, the core, the collar, the shoulder and on to and through the forearm and finally out through the finger tips.

Lack of proper hip to shoulder separation or none disallows for proper body movement  and momentum throughout the body's kinetic chain which also inhibits the body's usage during it's movement and forces the majority of the physical throwing action on the arm.

The lack of proper body moving mechanics is one of the main causes for the enormous numbers of elbow,  back and shoulder injuries leading to possible surgery, now considered to be at epidemic status.

Well, Nuff said,

Great BaseBall-N

Don Ervin


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