The TAP Baseball Training Sock, also referred to as the "Oven Mitt", was developed to facilitate a modified ball hold program. The design of the device allows athletes to perform a full throwing motion with ball release in a confined area. The ability to release resolves mechanical inefficiencies associated with holding a weighted ball beyond the release point while enjoying benefits related to baseball holds.
Developed under the guidance of Ron Wolforth and Randy Sullivan, the TAP Baseball Training Sock has provided solid results with athlete training and recovery. An excellent tool for developing posterior shoulder strength, it can also be effective reinforcing efficient deceleration patterns.
The Baseball Training Sock is made of heavy-weight fabric with more of the look of a bag than a sock to allow free movement of the hand releasing the ball. The ‘Training Sock’ as it is commonly called is also known as the 'Durathro® Sock' and sometimes simply 'the Sock’, as well as many other alias’s such as the ‘Mitt’ and even the ‘Oven Mitt’. This durable product was developed for weighted balls up to 21 oz. in weight. Instructions for use are not included.
The following video is courtesy of Randy Sullivan from The ARMory Power Pitching Academy (click here) and explains their use of the TAP Baseball Training Sock.
More information regarding the Armory 'Sock Holds' protocol can be found here.
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