Other than the obvious of increasing top speed, a radar gun can be crutial for overall development and effectiveness of a pitcher. Here are 4 ways I use radar guns to develop softball pitchers.
1. Maintain speed for elevated pitches
Changing eye level is very effective at getting batters to swing and miss. A lot of pitchers show down their velocity when trying to locate a high pitch. This has a lot to do with pitchers trying to place the pitch instead of trusting their mechanics. To help identify between placing and trusting, checking velocity can help the pitcher learn the difference. The goal should be to maintain their top fastball velocity for low and high.
2. Speed difference on change up
Ideal difference between change up and fastball is minimum of 8 mph. There is, however, such thing as too slow. At 43 ft, batters have time to recognize and react to pitches under 38 mph. Effective change ups at 43 ft pitching distance is between 38-42 to be effective. Having a radar gun can help pitchers develop their change ups in this zone.
3. Speed difference on movement pitches
Changing speed and changing eye level is how elite pitchers stay effective. It is perfectly normal to throw each pitch at a different speed. Fastballs, rise balls and screwballs tend to be the faster pitches. Curve ball and drop ball speeds will vary depending on the pitchers mechanics. They can be between fastball and change up speed. I have seen curves be faster than fastballs and drop balls the same speed as a fastball. If the drop is the same speed as a fastball, I recommend the pitcher learn to throw the drop for a strike and out of the zone and eventually replace their fastball with the drop.
4. Pitch limit and fatigue
A pitcher's velocity helps her stay effective in games. Using radar gun at practice along with charting pitch count versus pitch speed can help coached identify when a pitcher begins to lose speed. This shows her fatigue point and a good indicator she will no longer be effective in games. This is very important when managing a pitching staff.
How not to use a radar gun
Don't be that person that radars random pitchers at tournaments. Unless you are a college scout, you are just annoying. Each pitcher is working their butts off. They don't need someone that is not interested in helping them, comparing them to others.
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