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Want to Make a Real Difference in Your Pitching Performance? by Coach Ron Wolforth

Want to Make a Real Difference in Your Pitching Performance? Follow these three steps EXACTLY:

A. Start by reducing or eliminating any regular pain, tightness or discomfort.

  • First, identify the specific location(s) of your pain
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  • Second, rate the current degree of that pain 1-10. A rating of one equals incredibly small discomfort, soreness, tenderness, irritation or fatigue. A rating of a ten equals severe and dehabilitating discomfort, soreness, tenderness, irritation or fatigue.

Medial Elbow

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Anterior Shoulder
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Posterior Shoulder

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Lateral Elbow

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

If your pain is exclusively to the medical elbow and/or the anterior shoulder, you’ll need to focus your immediate work on improving the efficiency of your acceleration using the connection ball and connection club.

You can clearly see the changes Justin made to his movement pattern from 2014 to presently with the Astros using the connection ball.

20 years of experience tells us that this is ESPECIALLY true if your discomfort is rated above a 3/10. In fact, significant gains in velocity, recovery, command or sharpness to secondary pitches will be very difficult to attain with routine discomfort exceeding 3/4 out of 10.

Therefore we have coined a phrase at the Ranch, in terms of pitching development: ‘Start with the Pain™’.

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If your pain is exclusively to the lateral elbow and/or the posterior shoulder you need to focus your immediate work on improving the efficiency of your deceleration pattern using the Durathro™ Sock.

Nolan Ryan had by far the most efficient pattern of deceleration that we have seen in all of our research into elite caliber pitching athletes. Notice the difference between Ryan’s deceleration pattern and the typical pattern! The Durathro Sock has been an amazing tool in reducing lateral elbow & posterior shoulder discomfort and in improving patterns of deceleration.

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The Durathro Sock in Use

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Bottom Line: As little as 15% improvement in the efficiency of your movement pattern- either from an acceleration movement pattern perspective and/or a deceleration movement pattern perspective can have profound impact to 1) pain, 2) recovery and 3) consistency.

And the great news is 15% is very easy to create.

B. Create A Structured Recovery Program to Improve and Enhance Your Ability to Bounce Back after Bouts of Training and Pitching in Games.

  • First: Develop a holistic and integrated wake-up warm-up routine that prepares the entire body for the specific demands of robust training and/or competition. The body can only recruit what is awake. An elite thrower’s soft tissue also needs to be properly primed for the intensity of throwing a baseball at full effort.
  • Second: Develop a customized arm care/ pregame/ pre-training process that readies the body and arm to organize itself for high intensity.
  • Third: Develop a personalized ramp up process that allows you to enter the game, hot, lathered, loose and ready and yet not over heated, fatigued or winded…and just as importantly not so steep that you feel rushed, hurried, frazzled or pressed.
  • Fourth: Develop an In-game routine that keeps you warm, centered and prepared in between innings regardless of temperature or length of innings.
  • Fifth: Develop a post throwing regimen that reduces swelling, inflammation and aids in the healing of micro trauma to soft tissue.

Bottom Line: As little as 15% improvement in your ability to recover or bounce back between outings or training sessions can have profound impact to 1) velocity; 2) command; 3) stuff and 4) consistency.

And the great news is 15% is very easy to create.

And once those two steps have been established:

C. Create a 6-18 Week Hyper-Personalized Performance Algorithm to Focus Your Work on Exactly What YOU Need MOST.

  • If you are MOST behind your competitive peer group in terms of velocity: Create a Velocity Enhancement Program and develop a more electric fastball.
  • If you are MOST behind your competitive peer group in terms of command and throwing strikes: Create a Command Enhancement Program and become a strike thrower.
  • If you are MOST behind your competitive peer group in terms of your ability to throw pitches with movement and/or having swing and miss ‘stuff: Create a Secondary Offering Enhancement Program and go to work on developing your off speed and secondary pitches (curveball, slider, cutter, change-up, splitter Etc)

Follow these three steps and without question you will make a REAL difference in your pitching performance.

If you would like guidance or assistance in creating and then supporting yourself through these three steps personally, that’s what the Texas Baseball Ranch® Elite Pitcher’s Boot Camp is ALL about. Our Coaches work hands on with every pitcher in attendance to help them come up with a personalized plan based on assessments and a video analysis performed by me!

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Call our office with questions at 936-588-6762

Email our office info@texasbaseballranch.com

Until Next Time, Stay Curious and Keep Fighting the Good Fight.

Coach Wolforth

Oates Specialties LLC

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