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Throwing Mechanics Questions?

Nov 30, 2018
Hi everyone,

I'm Dan. I own a baseball and softball academy in Illinois called Warbird Training Academy. I also own www.snapsoftball.com and do a lot of work with both baseball pitchers (I'm a former pro) and softball players on their throwing.

I have a YouTube channel dedicated primarily to free throwing instruction, mental training and other tips for softball players.

I'd like to help coaches and parents make sensible training decisions and decipher what's correct and what's not out on the web. The vast amount of research on baseball pitchers helps shed light on what good throwing mechanics look like, contrary to a lot of old thought, drills and techniques.

So I wanted to see what kind of questions I could answer on here, or potentially answer in more depth through video.

Do you have a throwing or mental training question? If so, let me know and I'll do what I can to help.

Dan Blewett
Nov 18, 2015
Accurate! It's everywhere in baseball and softball...taking a long time to die.
Are wrist flicks really that prevalent in baseball? I always assumed it was something that mostly infected the softball side of the diamond. But haven’t been around LL very much, myself.

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Aug 12, 2014
Buffalo, NY
I'm trying to piece together a throwing seminar to get people in our area to stop doing wrist flicks. I come across different views on the the lead toe direction. Land at a 45 or land pointed at the target. My initial thoughts are start with both toes pointed sideways drive out keeping it that way for as long as possible and at the last minute before you land try to point the lead toe toward the target. My question is ..Is it different depending on the athlete's age, flexibility, ect. where a lot of kids will land at a 45? I've also have seen a lot of people with a 45 on their back toe as well. Are there variations, are there absolutes? I will post some videos.
Apr 20, 2018
Using the swing shuffle drill today. My DD is a catcher/ 3rd and has good throwing mechanics but never really learned how to play long toss correctly. This should do the trick. Thanks
Aug 12, 2014
Buffalo, NY
Padro's Explaination confuses me in this video. He says the pitcher is flying open with his front leg. I don't see it. His front leg looks like it's in a straight line and he says the pitcher's foot should be at a 45. The pitcher's foot is actually turned a little, even the graphic shows it. But in Padro's pitching he pointed his toe toward the catcher see next video below.

Padro's Pitching Mechanics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm7rWeAUK0s

Then there's an old school video of Candrea teaching a 45 on the back toe and front toe but as the player goes to throw she turns the back more sideways.

I assumed Candrea's video is just old and there's better information out there now. But I have been videotaping some Division 1 throwers who I've noticed angle the back foot and the front foot.
Oct 11, 2010
Chicago, IL
Posting out of school, people here are smarter then me.

Lead foot pointed towards the target places a lot of unneeded stress on front leg. I do not think age, flexibility or other factors matter. 45 for front foot sounds right to me.

Back foot is different. I think parallel to target is correct, not 45.

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