Before you go any further, if you have a sore arm right now, location issues should be the last thing on your mind. Always remember that whenever you are hurting or sore, your body will automatically make a change in the way it moves, thus causing location and velocity issues. Getting your arm problems solved trumps all other objectives.
So, assuming your arm does feel good, looking at how well you are locating all of your different pitches is next up on your self-evaluation hit list.
Here is a simple checklist of questions to ask yourself if you are having problems:
Regarding your lower body:
- Is your stride too long?
- Is your foot landing too far to your right (RHP) or left (LHP)?
- Are your hips not fully square at the time of maximum external rotation?
- Is your landing foot moving around during the rotation and acceleration?
- Is your front thigh sinking down into the ground as you go through acceleration and ball release?
- Is your rear foot pulling off the ground during the rotation phase of the motion?
Regarding your upper body:
- Is your wrist not behind the ball in the required position for the pitch-type?
- Is your wrist not moving with the proper range-of-motion for the pitch-type?
- Is your trunk not positioned towards the plate at the time of ball release?
- Is your head staying in position or is it pulling or turning to your right (LHP) or left (RHP)?
- Are you taking your eyes to the target or looking away during ball release?
- Are you getting unwanted rotation in your forearm on a FB or C-up because you are leading with the elbow?
More times than not, the answer to a location problem lies in the above “dirty dozen” questions that, when addressed, will solve the pitcher’s problem.
Have fun with this — and don’t forget, most coaches have great eyes! Ask them for help if you think one of these issues may be yours.