The most important assets a pitcher can possess is good control which means having command of his various pitches within and outside the strike zone.
Occasionally, most pitchers experience a loss of command on certain pitches within a game, or even within an inning. Successful and more experienced pitchers know how to make proper and quick game adjustments with their arm action, grip, finger pressure or release point. They know themselves, understand their usual problem, and know what to adjust to work best for them on a particular pitch.
An experienced pitching coach can help young pitchers by recognizing problems quickly and teach them techniques for game adjustments on their different pitches. Each pitcher will have his own particular fault and his own method of adjustment. The pitcher will need poise, mental control, and focus under game pressure to make effective adjustments.
In the chart below, I am listing some common problems many pitchers experience, some techniques which often cause the problem, and various adjustments which may be effective for a pitcher. As a coach, teach the pitcher how he can best adjust. That way, the pitcher will be better prepared to self-correct problems during a game and be able to work himself out of trouble.
Game adjustments with the change up
|Control Problems High||Slowed arm speed, lifts fingers too early, low cocked position, arm slot too wide||Normal FB arm speed, relax fingers at release, get to normal high cocked position, stay on top of the ball.|
|Control Problems Inside||Arm slot too wide, poor hip and trunk rotation, early pronation of hand||Stay on top of ball, square body off to plate, pronation upon release|
|Too much velocity||too much backside drive, grip too firm, too much wrist flexion forward, arm slot too wide||Collapse body upon release, don’t brace lead leg, loose grip, lift fingers, pronate hand or stiff wrist, move arm slot in towards head.|
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