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    Default No need to sacrifice speed for accuracy in fastpitch pitching

    One of the most widespread, ongoing debates in fastpitch pitching is: which comes first – speed or accuracy? In other words, should pitchers focus on developing all the speed they can and worry about accuracy later? Or should they first make sure they can throw the ball for a strike, then try to add speed […]

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    Excellent blog article. Great advice for beginner parents.

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    "For any pitcher, the objective should be to optimize the mechanics. Don’t worry about where the balls goes at first, except to use that as a way of diagnosing problems with mechanics."

    Truer words have never been spoken. And a difficult concept for the newly initiated. And perhaps the question is wrong, but you never did answer the question. So, I'll answer it for you. Speed first. And, no, I am not a pitching coach. NOW we have something to talk about!

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    Actually, Top Notch, it's mechanics first IMHO. Speed without mechanics is a disaster waiting to happen - probably further down a pitcher's career.

    But yes. As you work on the mechanics, go for all the speed you can. Accuracy is a result, not a goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Krause View Post
    Actually, Top Notch, it's mechanics first IMHO. Speed without mechanics is a disaster waiting to happen - probably further down a pitcher's career.

    But yes. As you work on the mechanics, go for all the speed you can. Accuracy is a result, not a goal.
    So we should be simultaneously be working on mechanics and speed. Make sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob516 View Post
    So we should be simultaneously be working on mechanics and speed. Make sense to me.
    Yes. Mechanics are the driver of both speed and accuracy. If you have great or even very good mechanics, you can bring maximum energy to it and you will achieve both speed and accuracy. If you focus only on accuracy you may not get great mechanics, and won't develop great speed. If you only focus on speed with no regard for mechanics you will throw hard, but will struggle with accuracy, especially if you're trying to hit specific spots.
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