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Maintaining Control

    Hey everybody.  As the season continues to creep closer I can't help but think of things that should be at the top of every pitchers priority list.  Among them should certainly be control and consistency.  As I touched on in a previous blog, control is something that can distinguish a good pitcher from a great pitcher.  We should all know too that it could ultimately be the difference between a win and a loss.  

    Some of the factors that contribute to poor control include: 

1 - Not picking up the target with your eyes 

2 - Pitching from various release points and 
     arm angles

3 - Landing on your heel 

4 - Throwing across your body

5 - Moving around on the rubber 

6 - Over- and under-striding 

7 - Rushing your body 

8 - Excessive body movements

9 - Poor follow-through

10 - Poor functional strength

11 - Low confidence

12 - Lack of concentration

    When you start to look at some of the top pitchers in MLB it should come as no surprise that many of them are amongst the league leaders in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Want to be a top pitcher in YOUR league?  Work on it!

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