Hitting and pitching at the competitive level requires the application of a tremendous amount of kinetic energy (KE) in a very short period of time. The generation of energy over time is defined as Power, and the shorter the time the greater the power requirement. Thus, a pitcher needs a very efficient source of power and, in the human body, power comes from our muscles.
Now you might initially assume that arm muscles play the major role in accelerating the arm/s ball and bat, but try hitting a ball or throwing a pitch while sitting on a stool and you would quickly realize that the arm alone is completely inadequate for this task. In fact, the results of our thirty-seven years of research into pitching mechanics show clearly that only through a coordinated pattern of muscle contractions involving the entire body can a hitter or pitcher achieve the arm/s speed required to take a quality swing or throw a quality pitch. And it’s not just the muscles (pistons), but also the body segments (connecting rods) and joints (pivots) and connective tissue (springs) that work together in this remarkable assembly we call the human body!
If what we’ve described sounds a bit like an engine, that’s exactly what it is! Within every hitter and pitcher’s body is an engine that can potentially power the baseball swing and pitching delivery. However, unlike the engine in your car that comes from the factory pre-tuned for driving, our engine does not come pre-tuned for pitching a baseball. Our engine is more complicated (more pistons, connecting rods, pivots and springs), but also way more adaptable, as long as we train (tune) it correctly.