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Fastballs can be extremely intimidating to batters, but some pitchers struggle with increasing their pitching speed. In most cases, increasing speed begins with the legs. This may seem unrelated, but pitchers cannot throw with speed and accuracy when their lower body lacks stability. To improve stability, pitchers can do calf raises or lunges a few times a week.
In addition to working on the legs, pitchers may want to try lifting weights and improving their arm and shoulder strength. Many coaches suggest that pitchers avoid this to prevent injuries, but it can be done as long as players do not max out on their weights. Ideally, pitchers should comfortably be able to complete between eight and 15 reps of the weight they choose.
If balance and strength is not the issue, pitchers may have poor mechanics. Getting the right pitching mechanics is one of the simplest ways of improving pitching speed, and it involves everything from gripping the baseball properly to positioning the legs. Good mechanics ensures that the entire body moves as a single unit and that the legs, arms, and torso work together to increase the ball velocity.