Throw more-just like any other muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets. Pitching works the same way. If you want to throw harder, throw more. Long toss is a good way to build arm strength (for more information on this check out www.jaegersports.com). You do not need to just long toss to build arm strength. You also can play catch, throw into a net, throw rocks, etc. The point is the more you throw the stronger your arm will get. You do want to be careful not to over throw. If your arm gets sore, STOP THROWING. That is your body’s way of telling you enough.
There is an added benefit to throwing more…command. The more you get out and hone your craft, the more feel you will develop for your release point. Hopefully this will lead to you throwing more strikes and greater success.
Future posts will get into more detail about specific throwing programs you can use as a part of your overall training program.
Stay tuned for our next strategy to increase velocity……
Below is a video describing the basics of long toss.
Coach Mike Grady
Coach Grady has 10 years experience working with pitchers of all ages through private and group instruction, including 6 years experience as a college pitching coach. This blog is dedicating to helping pitchers of all ages improve their game.