Pitching instruction can focus on many different aspects of pitching to help you become a better player. One of the most important mechanical variables to address to improve pitching performance is timing. Timing is how long it takes for you to go from initial movement to foot strike. Training for your ideal timing can have a huge impact on velocity, accuracy, and overall performance.
Why is Timing Important for Pitching Instruction?
There are many things you can do to improve pitching performance. For instance, improving arm strength can help you transfer more power to the ball when you pitch. However, timing is one of the most important mechanical variables in pitching performance. Forward movement brings you closer to the target and uses your body to build momentum behind the ball.
Because of these many benefits, we typically address timing in our pitching lessons. We have done a lot of research over the years and have found that some of the world’s best pitchers have a timing of between 0.95 to 1.05 seconds. While everyone is a little different, we generally encourage pitchers to get their timing to about one second or less because of this research.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that every pitcher has their own ideal timing. Our pitching instruction can help you find that ideal timing so you can work to repeat it. This helps you develop consistency and work toward better timing as you improve.
Go as Far and as Fast as You Can
Since timing and stride length are so important for velocity and performance, we go against the conventional wisdom of “don’t rush delivery.” In fact, we want you to go freakin’ fast! That’s right, for most players you should be moving forward as far and as fast as you can without sacrificing other parts of your mechanics.
The good news is that timing is one of the dependent variables of pitching mechanics. That means that if you improve the other variables, the timing will usually take care of itself. These variables include things like balance and posture, opposite and equal, and release point. Therefore, when you work on these important mechanics through pitching instruction and training, you may notice you naturally gain faster timing. Our coaches can also recommend drills specifically customized to you to help you improve timing and other key pitching mechanics.
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