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The Physics of Pitching: Learn the Mechanics, Science, and Psychology of Pitching to Success Paperback – June 6, 2011
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Let's take a basic mechanical cue that the book perpetuates as a reality: The balance point. For all their faults, the National Pitching Association (NPA) doesn't even agree with this concept as it pertains to how we understand the pitching delivery. They go on to state that there is a significant difference between the "stance" (the windup) and the stretch position of a pitcher. Study after study shows that this is not true, and that there is no biomechanically valid reason why a pitcher would throw harder out of the windup than the stretch. The kinematics and kinetics that go into producing elite fastball velocity can be generated equally from both motion varieties.
This book is a 1/5 at best and is not even worth borrowing to read. I highly suggest you choose an NPA book over this one - The Art and Science of Pitching is a great start. And this is coming from someone who isn't the NPA's biggest fan!
There is a lot of fluff in this book as it tries to be a little of everything to everyone. The weakest part of the book is the chapter on pitching mechanics, which takes up only eighteen of the book's 185 pages. The material on the delivery is very generic, conventional, and in my opinion outdated. The authors advocate a very mechanical pitch-by-the-numbers approach with heavy emphasis on the "balance point" and finishing "square" - concepts which have been challenged and discredited in recent years by everyone from internet gurus like Ron Wolforth, Paul Nyman, Dick Mills, and Paul Reddick to major leaguers like Brent Strom, to the ultimate mainstream pitching coach Tom House. It always amazes me that so many people in the world of baseball ignore or are unaware of all the new information being made available contantly. This book could have been written twenty years ago, and it has been many times. In fact, one of the authors thanks Bob Shaw in the acknowledgements - who wrote a much, much better book in 1972. It was the first pitching book I ever bought and it's still on my bookshelf.
There is a chapter which is a decent overview of faults in the delivery. There are the conventional throw-in chapters on pitching grips, defending the position, pitching stategy, and the mental approach. All of this material has been covered in dozens, if not hundereds of books. Nothing new here. There is a chapter on injuries which offers very good advice about overuse to parents of young pitchers. The chapters on health and medicine are a decent overview of the subject without much detail. The chapter on strength and conditioning by Eric Cressey - a well-known cutting-edge performance expert who seems out of place in this book - is a very good introduction to those who want to investigate the subject further. There is a short chapter on advancing to college and professional baseball - as if anyone with that potential would need a book this elementary. Interestingly, there are no drills in the book to help teach the elementary mechanics presented here to parents or inexperienced coaches of beginning pitchers - the only audience that might get anything out of the book.
There is a DVD included in the book. You can find the same information in dozens of videos on You Tube.
The authors have legitimate major league credentials and are probably doing an admirable job of helping young players enjoy the game of baseball. But, their book adds nothing to the voluminous information already available on pitching. It might be mildly interesting to a coach or parent who has never read anything else on the subject. But, there are much better books available - including Tom House's most recent books in which he refutes much of what is taught here and that he used to teach. "The Art and Science of Pitching" and "Arm Action, Arm Path, and The Perfect Pitch" are much more advanced works and available on Amazon. I wonder how the authors of this book missed them.