Pitching Edge Book/Video Package - 2nd - NTSC

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In modern baseball, the best pitchers are those who master both the art and science of the position. Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Kevin Brown are among the many greats who developed this mastery with the help of pitching coach Tom House. Now, in The Pitching Edge book/video package, House offers you his special instruction and insight into the mechanics, conditioning, and psychology for superior pitching performance.

In Part I of The Pitching Edge book, House provides clear ...

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Overview

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In modern baseball, the best pitchers are those who master both the art and science of the position. Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Kevin Brown are among the many greats who developed this mastery with the help of pitching coach Tom House. Now, in The Pitching Edge book/video package, House offers you his special instruction and insight into the mechanics, conditioning, and psychology for superior pitching performance.

In Part I of The Pitching Edge book, House provides clear and detailed information and drills for developing and improving pitching techniques, from initial set up through the post-follow-through. Pitcher-specific training is covered in Part II, with special exercises and instructions for throwing arm maintenance, recovering and preparing physically between starts and relief appearances, and staying in great shape and injury-free throughout the long competitive season. Part III delves into the winning pitcher's mindset, emphasizing both mental toughness and smart strategic decisions to come out on top in key games and over the course of a season.

The Pitching Edge Video combines practical on-field instruction and drills with expert off-field analysis and explanation. Whether you're in the big leagues or youth leagues, you'll benefit from the many flat-ground and mound practice drills presented. And you'll gain insight into common problems and how to overcome them through Coach House's slow-motion video analysis of each phase of the pitching motion. This expertly produced video demonstrates and explains why the grip is less important than the direction of the wrist at release, why the "Flex-T" position of the upper arms and elbows is essential, why the drop-and-drive delivery reduces velocity, and much more.

So get your package today and start learning from a master pitching coach whose methods have been proven successful and are now widely used from Little League to the Major Leagues, from the United States to Japan. With this book and video, you will truly have The Pitching Edge.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"A fascinating look at the mechanics of pitching. Many of these techniques have helped me define and develop my performance. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to serious students of baseball."
Randy Johnson
Arizona Diamondbacks

“In person, in videos, and in books, Tom has always tried to give coaches and athletes state-of-the-art methods to prepare for competition. This second edition of The Pitching Edge updates his mental and physical training protocols, providing new drills to help improve the skills of any pitcher who is willing to work.”
Charles Nagy
Pitcher, Cleveland Indians

“Tom and I worked together when we were with the Texas Rangers. He's always been ahead of his time when it comes to baseball information and instruction. This revised Pitching Edge is a must-read if you want to know what's new with pitching training, techniques, and thinking.”
Rob Nen
Pitcher, San Francisco Giants

"This is an amazingly advanced and complete text on pitching. The sophistication of the material makes the book virtually a bible for pitchers and coaches."
Mike Gillespie
Head Baseball Coach, University of Southern California

"The Pitching Edge is a must for anyone who wants to increase his knowledge of how to achieve maximum performance on the pitching mound."
Mark Johnson
Head Baseball Coach, Texas A & M University

“Superb. The Pitching Edge Video is a remarkable companion to the best selling instructional book. Must viewing by all serious pitching coaches and hurlers on all levels of baseball.”
Collegiate Baseball

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736002196
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/14/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom House is one of the top pitching experts in the world. After playing for the legendary Rod Dedeaux at USC, House pitched in the Major Leagues for the Atlanta Braves from 1967 to 1975, for the Boston Red Sox from 1976 to 1977, and for the Seattle Mariners from 1977 to 1979. He then coached pitchers for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers. He also has coached in Japan and Latin America.

In addition to his on-field experience, House has made pitching a scientific study. His company, Bio-Kinetics, uses computer-generated, three-dimensional motion analysis to help athletes maximize performance through proper biomechanics. House also holds a PhD in psychology and has been a sport psychology consultant for many professional and amateur baseball players.

House is the author of eight previous books on baseball and has produced eight instructional videos on pitching. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Players' Association, as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. In 1998 House was presented with the American Baseball Coaches Association's lifetime achievement award.

When he's not coaching or analyzing pitchers, House enjoys jogging, weight training, and golf. He and his wife, Marie,live in Del Mar, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction

Part I: The Five Absolutes of Technique
Chapter 1. Dynamic Balance
Chapter 2. Postural Stabilization
Chapter 3. Flex “T” Elbow Alignment
Chapter 4. Late Torso Rotation
Chapter 5. Flex “T” Elbow Position at Release Point

Part II: Functional Physical Training
Chapter 6. Programs and Tools for Training
Chapter 7. Transfer of Training to Performance

Part III: Mental and Emotional Essentials
Chapter 8. Strategic Command
Chapter 9. Concentration
Chapter 10. Confidence
Chapter 11. Self-direction

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