Learn the 3 part throwing drill in order to improve throwing from the outfield.
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A three part throwing drill is a drill that allows us to isolate parts of the throwing technique at a time and put it back together in some meaningful fashion. You will be surprised how many older players need some help with their technique in throwing. We just want to take advantage on what we have. If we can pick up a couple miles an hour by gripping the ball right, if we can pick up a couple of miles an hour but making sure we got a good glove tuck(ph) we want to do that. And by slowing thins down, backing up and doing it one at a time, it allows us to be able to do that.
Brian is going to help me here with regard to our techniques. This is our break position. You will notice that we are in on the scare crow position with the arms, this arm is out and flex just a little bit. This arm flex just a little bit. Fingers are on top of the ball, glove is turned and facing away. This is going to allow us to isolate and work just strictly on the glove tuck(ph) which if you watch players, if you got a little league(ph) diamond or if you go a high school field and you watch how many give you a glove tuck(ph), bring that glove back in to the body. You are going to find less than half do it properly, maybe, even less than that depending on where you are at.
This is our chance to teach you how to do that and we do this with high school players, it is great to do with eight, nine, ten year old kids. This is our break position again, break Brian. That is our break and form here, I am just going to say throw. When I say throw, Brian is going to bring that glove back to his chest, he is going to get the arm into a 90 degree angle and make the throw to his partner, ready, throw. And you will notice that he gets a nice follow through. He is going to finish up, okay, feet spread, at least shoulder width apart, break, and throw.
Notice his grip on the ball, break and his fingers are on top of the ball. He also has it forcing(ph) grip, throw, tucks the glove and a nice follow through. Break, and throw. Again, we are just isolating that glove and allowing it to come back in to the body that is extra two to four miles per hour. If you learn how to do that properly, as suppose if you do not do it at all. Break, throw. We also want to make sure that Brian is looking down at gun barrel, he has got that glove pointed directly to his partner and that is going to increase his accuracy when he does release the ball, not to mention the velocity is going to pick up with that glove tuck.
Part two of the drill will be to take it from the break position and work backwards. We are going to work to what we call a ready position, hands in front of the chest, hands here, when I say break, we are going to take a small step with our front foot and we are going to split our hands back into that scare crow position. Break, throw. What we are doing is just inching our way back to a normal throw. Ready, break, throw and a nice follow through. Ready, break, throw.
The third and final portion of this drill is what we call ready and throw. We are going to put the whole thing back together again without any stops, there will be no stop in between. No break position on this one. He will go back through the glove tuck(ph) but he is not going to stop this time. Ready, throw, out and back in a nice normal throwing technique.
This is a great way to teach young players how to put those throwing technique together, one step at a time. Ready, throw, out and back. Again, we want the players concentrating on getting that glove facing backwards and making sure they pull back hard to allow their arm to increase the velocity. Ready, throw, very nice. Again, step by step approach, teaching how peoples how to throw the ball properly and although the technique may differ from position to position, the drill never changes and we can work regardless on whether you got the catcher throwing the way he throws or an outfielder like Brian throwing the way he throws, we can all do it together and all do it the same time to help teach that glove tuck, a nice release with the hands to make sure that the technique we hold the ball with is what we need and to put that whole thing back together step by step.