If your goal isn’t to be the best pitcher imaginable, then what is it…? You should WANT to be the best and you should work towards the goal every single day. Like you, I once struggled as a pitcher and felt like I was never going to get better or ever reach the guys that were already dominating.
It wasn’t until I changed my approach and stopped listening to all the pitching “gurus,” that I actually started to see the results I always wanted.
But what did I do…?
- I used 3X Pitching Velocity
- I stopped running long distance.
- I started weightlifting.
- I gained weight.
- I ate right.
- I focused on developing my mental skills.
- I worked my ass off.
What were the results?
Well, before I tell you that, first let me tell you a little bit about my pitching journey.
Who is Nathan? My Pitching Journey
I played baseball my entire life, played on travel teams, all-star teams, and that fun stuff. But guess what… it BURNED ME OUT. By the end of my sophomore year of high school baseball, I was completely fed up and honestly just didn’t want to play.
This is sad… but I didn’t love it anymore. And the biggest regret of my life, happened soon thereafter when I decided to quit baseball.
I quit right before my junior season and figured I would never play baseball again. At the time, I was okay with this decision because I was young, and stupid.
I went on to graduate from high school and got accepting into a private college in Southern Illinois. My freshman year I got buddied with my friend Justin, who is now one of my best, and he was on the college baseball team. Of course, I told him how I used to play and how I was pretty decent, and of course, he didn’t believe me.
So he called me out to play catch. Keep in mind… this was the first time I picked up a baseball in nearly three years. After the session, he convinced me that I should play again. So I contacted the coach and setup a bullpen session. It went well and to my surprise, I was still able to throw around 83 mph after not throwing for almost three years. I made the team.
And to fast forward, I was set to be one of the top starters on the team for my sophomore season. Everything was set and I geared for my first game, and that’s when reality struck. I got lit up, could not throw a strike, and was completely flabbergasted at the level of competition that exists at the college level.
Because of my arrogance and the idea that I was good in high school, so I would have no problem in college, I set myself up for disaster.
To sum up my return to pitching my sophomore year: it was DISASTROUS.
After my pathetic sophomore year of baseball, I decided to start training and taking things much more seriously. Everything was running according to plan until I damaged my rotator cuff. Of course, this didn’t stop me from playing, but I just had to make an adjustment. I literally could not throw over the top anymore. So, what did I do? I decided to throw 3/4 and this was the best decision I ever made.
Yes, I lost some velocity, but I had disgusting movement with my two-seam fastball.
My junior year ended up much better and I recorded 5 wins and was awarded most improved player for the year. But to be honest… I still wasn’t satisfied. I wasn’t dominate, but I was better.
That’s not what I wanted. I wanted to dominate hitters, not just get them out.
During my junior I was throwing around 79-81 mph from the 3/4 arm slot. I wanted more… a lot more.
After my junior year, I was more motivated than ever. I set my velocity goal to 85 mph.
Immediately after, I purchased TUFFCUFF and began religiously following the training principles. I can’t thank Coach Ellis enough for developing this program because I attribute my success to it.
I was psychotic about my training to say the least.
I continued my training all the way through the summer, into the fall, and into the winter. Not only did I focus on developing my body, but most importantly I used the pitching mechanics principles from 3X Pitching Velocity to significantly increase my velocity.
Guess what…? I not only achieved my goal of throwing 85 mph, but I actually exceeded it by topping out at 87 mph on several occasions. I had a 13 strikeout game in conference and was ranked nationally in strikeouts per 9 innings.
How Did I Do It?
You will achieve your pitching goals by working your ass off and have the right guidance. I didn’t go at my journey alone. I knew I couldn’t, and I understood that it would take direction and a detailed plan.
Don’t go at it alone. I highly recommend you check out 3X Pitching velocity or Tuffcuff. Both have their pros and cons, but I wouldn’t recommend any other programs because these are the highest quality you can find.
3X Pitching Velocity is the full package – it includes training manuals and full scale pitching mechanics tutorials that are guaranteed to increase your velocity by at least 5-7 mph as long as you stay dedicated.