Posts Tagged ‘mechanics’

This post stems from a discussion I had with one of the softball players I train. I made the statement that most softball players could benefit from overhand throwing instruction, because their mechanics are typically substandard when compared with those of baseball players. She retorted that softball players have to short-arm the ball and throw with a low elbow because they have to get rid of the ball more quickly due to the fact that they play on a smaller field. In other words, they “don’t have time” to utilize proper mechanics. But in reality, throwing with proper mechanics doesn’t take any more time than throwing with poor mechanics.

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Scouts often talk about guys in terms of the “eyeball test.” Basically, this is the scout’s overall impression of the player’s athleticism based on watching how he moves. Guys with smooth, powerful mechanics like Ken Griffey Jr. pass the eyeball test with flying colors, while guys with disjointed, weak mechanics fail it. But what’s behind this eyeball test? Everybody knows what to look for in an athlete, even if they can’t really explain it. You can just look at somebody and know if they’re a good athlete or not. I believe this can all be traced back to our days as cavemen. Hear me out. (more…)