Buck's Pitching Tool Kit
Everyone always asks what pitching tools to buy and where. I have put together a list of my favorite tools of the trade and what they cost and where to buy them for the best deal!
1. Weighted Softball – This is a staple for every aspiring pitcher to have. Weighted balls are great tools to help build wrist strength and flexibility. I expect all of my students to do 25-50 wrist snaps per day to work on gaining more backspin and velocity on their fastball. These balls range in weight from 9-12oz. I suggest buying the 12oz ball, as a pitcher can grow into it and it will challenge them more than the lower weight balls. Make sure to not use weighted balls for any full windmill pitching drills, as it puts too much stress on the shoulder and elbow!Where to buy it:
2. Spin Right Softball Spinner – The spinner teaches pitchers at any level the correct spin rotation for fastballs, screwballs, rise balls, drop balls, and curve balls. We use this tool frequently in our lessons and believe this should be in every young pitcher’s bag!Where to buy it:
3. Rawlings Dream Seam Softball – In all my years of playing and coaching, there is no greater pitching ball on the market right now! The raised seams make it easier for pitchers to grip and create spin and movement, while the quality of the leather holds up way longer than any other ball I have ever had!Where to buy them:
Baseball Savings - Rawlings Dream Seam ASA/NHFS Fastpitch Softball (12 inch) – Per Dozen - $72.95 (there are usually promo codes for free shipping and for additional discounts)
Baseball Savings - Rawlings Dream Seam ASA/NHFS Fastpitch Softball (11 inch) – Per Dozen - $72.95 (there are usually promo codes for free shipping and for additional discounts)
4. Schutt Sports Strike Zone Home Plate – Nothing is worse for a pitcher to practice without a home plate. This is by far my favorite plate, as it helps pitcher spot their pitches on various parts of the plate, and can easily be transported to practices and games.
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5. The Noodle – This is the cheapest and one of the easiest pitching tools you can make that serves a variety of purposes! By placing a pool noodle ($1-2) on top of a toilet plunger ($5 – 8), you can use this as a barrier to keep a pitcher on her power line, but putting it on either side of the line to ensure she does not pull her glove off or lose her balance. Additionally, this can be used to help pitchers pinpoint control of their pitches by making them pitch between two noodles or around them to achieve greater movement on their ball.
6. Balance Beam – If you are crafty and think you can build a balance beam at home, then this one of my favorite tools, as it is the best way to ensure your pitcher stays balanced from start to finish. As I always say, your head should always be centered over your belly button to maintain accuracy and consistency. The balance beam helps achieve this. You can make the beam at home out of wood or vinyl deck materials (which is what ours is made out of). I would suggest building it about 9 – 10 feet long, so your pitcher has plenty of room to grow!
7. Turf Pitching Mat – While this is certainly one of the pricier pitching tools to buy, it is a great way to preserve your grass and give your pitcher a flat surface to pitch on. I prefer the turf pitching mats with the power lane and the two outside lines, as well as the clay color, as it more closely resembles dirt.Where to buy:
8. Ernie Parker's Wrist Snapper – This is a great tool to help build up wrist and forearm strength, and provides audible feedback for a proper wrist snap. I love this tool because it is fun for young pitchers and they can use it essentially anywhere!Where to buy it:
9. Xelerator Fastpitch Softball Pitching Training Aid - Teaches correct muscle memory nearly and helps to Increase pitching speed and accuracy. Forces the player into the correct pitching & throwing plane that leads to increased speed. Great for general arm warm up prior to practice or game. Training can be done without the use of a catcher and can be used indoors for year around practice!Where to buy it:
10. Hurdle – This is a great tool to help develop leg drive off the mound. Pitchers can challenge themselves to get their leg higher off the ground and more extended down their power line by having to step over the hurdle as they pitch the ball.Where to buy it:
11. Perfect Circle Tag – This is a great pitching aid to help beginner pitchers keep their arm in a perfect circle. The arm should hit the tag/flap every pitch.Where to buy it:
Amazon - Markwort The Perfect Circle Pitcher's Training Aid, 13 - 17-Inch Circumference - $27.56 (Free Shipping with Prime)
12. Spinline Softball – Helps pitchers identify the spin of their ball to ensure they are getting the right rotation on whatever pitch they are throwing.Where to buy it:
13. Resistance Harness – This can be attached to a pitcher’s waist to help create resistance for them while they pitch. This is a great tool to help keep pitchers from “crunching” or leaning forward, as they physically will feel someone pulling them back if they lean. It’s also a great strengthening drill as well! The other end of the resistance band can be held by a person or attached to a fence behind the pitcher.Where to buy it:
Amazon - SKLZ Recoil 360 Dynamic Resistance and Assistance Trainer - $39.99 (Free shipping with Prime)
14. Power Drive Trainer – While I just recently ordered this product, I am extremely excited about its potential! I love the fact that this tool combines two different tools I already have into one. Not only does it make the front foot stay straight and not prematurely turn, but also helps pitchers feel the explosive push off the mound! Can’t wait to try this one out next week!Where to buy it: