A couple things......
1. Look at her hand finish, this is good! Don't focus your time on IR in my opinion....IR looks good and natural so don't screw that up.
2. Drive, probably the thing that screws most up IMO. Read drive mechanics which is awesome but downside is there are so many things in that thread that make it seem so difficult. It is all pretty darn good and Java was a rockstar with that thread and I will always back him up on what he has said. However, it can seem like alot and has the potential to take you in many directions.
2A. Looking back (just speaking for my experience over the many years I have been here) I have probably made things harder than I should have. I digested Drive Mechanics a million times and tried to change everything listed in that thread when I couldn't see the forest thru the trees. I stopped at every tree with DD1 and looking back I have been trying to figure out a way to make it more simple for DD2 and others.
2B. So where I landed and has worked very well for us is this........NEVER pitch without a rubber (especially as your DD is learning). Learn how to use the rubber! It is everything IMO and if you don't use it it will only promote negative results. Why? the #1 takeaway for me from Java and Drive Mechanics is to push back into or against the rubber in a sprinters position. Without looking at the thread I believe he calls it "pawing" the rubber. Get into a sprinters position and push back into the rubber to take off or start your drive. In order to do this you have to have the body leaning forward like a sprinter.
3. Much more to say about this but without the rubber and without pushing against it (not pivoting on it) you may not reach the results you could. Simply think, I am a sprinting before I throw the pitch. Yes, easy to say, but how is it done... Again, much more to say on it but that is where I would focus my time if I were you. Get a mat with a rubber and don't pitch without it.
Last edited by STRIKE3; 12-03-2018 at 02:19 AM.
Thank you. We have a rubber set up out side with a backstop she throws into but due to this time of year in Indiana we moved inside (storage room in the basement). I will definitely look into purchasing a mat w/ rubber for inside.
DNeeld…. I'd say you are right about that ( at least from our 1 & only experience). She liked him, but he would just get all over her about her arm rotation & finish. He wanted her to rotate her arm to push down (as she reached top of circle and started the downswing) then finish elbow up - whereas she pulls down w/her elbow then just lets her arm go naturally after release. We'd watch videos of college pitchers and I can't recall seeing even one who would finish the way he was asking - they almost always looked more that she does at release so that's why we decided to walk away.
Check this video for a perfect illustration:
The girl throws with 100% IR mechanics, but as long as she points her elbow at the end, the coach thinks she is throwing with HE mechanics. In other words, the coach has zero idea how the pitch should be delivered. This girl is succeeding DESPITE the coach.
Every softball parent has a chef's knife and a hockey mask in the trunk of the car.