In-Game Adjustments

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In each baseball game a pitcher pitches, there are moments when the pitcher's pitches will not do what he wants them to do. He must make immediate adjustments. Here are the answers to many problem areas on the baseball diamond, more specifically, on the pitcher's mound.

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I. Game Adjustments with the Fast Ball
A. Wild High Rushing Over-striding.
Low cocked position.
Slow lead arm action.
Keep weight back. Shorten stride, flex more at the waist.
Break hands earlier, get hand up.
Drive lead elbow down and back earlier.
B. Wild Inside
(RHP to RHH;
Stride too closed. Lack of trunk rotation.
Low cocked position.
Improper grip.
Early pronation of hand.
Flails arm behind body
Front side flies open.
Stride straight to plate Forward and inward drive of the back knee.
Get hand up during backswing.
Balance ball with grip.
Keep fingers behind ball.
Flex elbow on way up; proper alignment.
Drive front shoulder toward plate.
C. Wild Low Stride too short. Upper body dives in.
Arm circle too small.
Push off rubber earlier. Lead with front hip, not front shoulder.
Use a down, back and up arm path.
D. Wild Outside Body tilts too much to side. Fingers on the side of the ball.
Lands on a stiff front leg, falls away.
Lead with front hip and shoulder. Keep fingers directly behind the ball.
Land flexed, then brace up leg.
E. Lack of Movement Thumb on side of ball. Wrist and forearm muscles too tense.
Bringing 3rd finger up on the side of ball too much.
4 Seam grip for control and velocity.
Keep thumb under fingers. Use a firm grip, but loose wrist and forearm.
Flex ring finger, use only to stabilize ball.
2 Seam grip for movement.
F. Lack of Normal Velocity Ball gripped too tight or too deep. Rushing – body ahead of the arm. Firm grip, loose wrist, space between thumb and finger. Close up, keep weight back.

II. Game Adjustments with the Curve Ball (RHP)
A. Poor Break Wrist and forearm tense.
Ball choked in hand.
Fingers on side of ball.
Firm finger pad pressure, but wrist and forearm relaxed. Leave space so the thumb can flick up over ball.
Get fingers on top of ball.
B. Hanging Curve ball (continuously high) Low cocked position. Overstriding -- lack of flexion at waist.
Lack of hand speed.
Get hand & elbow up like Fb. Drive head and shoulders down over lead leg.
Think fastball until arm accelerates forward. Turn palm inward to face head.
C. Curve ball in dirt (continuously low) Arm circle too short. Upper body leads (dives).
Rushes motion.
Release too close to head (12-6) rotation.
Use normal arm swing. Lead with front hip.
Stay back as on fast ball.
Hand wider at release. (1-7 rotation).
D. Loss of Normal Velocity. Wrist curled inward. Ball gripped too loosely.
Ball choked in hand.

Hand turned inward too much.
Hand and wrist in neutral position. Firm finger pad pressure.
Leave space between thumb and 1st finger.
Open palm of hand slightly toward hitter.

III. Game Adjustments with the Change-up (RHP)
A. Control Problems (High) Slowed arm speed. Lifts fingers too early.
Low cocked position.
Normal Fb arm speed. Relax fingers at release
Get to normal high cocked position.
B. Control Problems
(RHP to RHH)
Arm slot too wide. Poor hip and trunk rotation.
Early pronation of hand.
Stay on top of the ball. Square body off to plate.
Pronation upon release.
C. Too Much Velocity Too much backside drive.  Grip too firm.
Too much wrist flexion forward.
Arm slot too wide.
Collapse body upon release, don't brace lead leg. Loose grip, lift fingers.
Pronate hand, or stiff wrist.
Move arm slot in toward head.
Information Compiled from Bill Thurston's Pitching Manual
Coach Bill Thurston, Amherst College

Pitching Consultant, ASMI

As a pitcher you are your own coach when you are on the mound. There might be 50,000 people in the stands, or no one, with one bench yelling encouragement while the other, discouragement, or not. 

Whatever the case, you are alone, you are by yourself, with a job that must be done. It is up to you to get it done.

You must know what adjustments to make if you suddenly find yourself in a situation where the ball is not doing what you want it to do the way you want it to do it. This is an extremely important part of your job, of pitching. You must learn your game and know it well. At the same time, you must maintain a calm inner being. You must be relaxed.
Learning the art of pitching takes lots of time, study, and infinite patience to be an effective pitcher. If there is a perfect way to do something, it can be learned. Learn the perfect way to pitch, and then practice diligently. Learning how to maintain a calm inner being, being completely relaxed, is easier than you think.

Scroll down for more information on both these pitching aspects.

"If you want to be the best, you must do what the best do."
                                                                                                                     ---Skip Murray

"That which you do not know, the doing will quickly teach you."
                                                                               ---Lao Tzu

Baseball players, as is the case with all athletes, perform at their highest level when they are relaxed. When the mind is clear the body is body to move freely and easily. When the body is moving freely, the athlete is able to perform at the highest level.
The question is, how does the athlete get to the point where he or she is constantly and consistently competing at that highest level? In other words, how does the athlete get to the point where his or her mind and body are completely clear and performing at peak level? Keep on reading, here is your answer.

One highly effective method is to use subliminal messaging software. This conditions your subconscious mind to work with your body at its optimum level. The technique is simple, you simply watch the proper subliminal message program as recommended, and your subconscious mind automatically learns to do the right things at the right time. It is as easy as that.

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So now, mind and body are working together, and that, my friends, 
is a winning combination.

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