advanced command trainer

  1. The Texas Baseball Ranch's "Big 6"

    Coach Ron Wolforth at the Texas Baseball Ranch has established what he considers to be the “Big 6” for his athletes at the Ranch. The “Big 6” are the 6 elements Coach Wolforth believes are most critical for a pitcher to master in order to be exceptional. In my last blog I discussed the first critical element out of the 6—pain. Pain must be eliminated before an athlete can push himself harder on a consistent basis and make improvements, such as better velocity and command. Pain is a giant hurdle to any athlete’s ability to be successful. But once the pain is diminished, and eventually extinguished, a pitcher has other aspects of his game that need to be targeted and improved. The remaining 5 elements that athletes who train at the Texas Baseball Ranch focus on are: throwing 66% of off-speed pitches for strikes; fastball velocity at 3-5 mph faster than competitive peer group; Improving recovery time between outings; Improving the mind set; and having personal integrity. Continue reading →
  2. Executing Pitches in the Strike Zone

    It’s no secret that as a pitcher you want to be able to consistently throw all of your pitches in the strike zone. If you can throw the ball in the zone then you will be able to throw pitches out of the strike zone when needed as well. But simply telling a pitcher, “Hey, you need to be able to throw all of your pitches in the strike zone” is great advice, but it doesn’t help the pitcher actually do it. Coach Ron Wolforth likes to equate phrases such as that with this life advice, “You should marry a pretty, rich girl.” Great advice, but how the heck do you do that? Continue reading →

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