Weighted balls are a hot topic in baseball, and pitchers everywhere are jumping on the bandwagon to see if they can gain velocity quickly. It’s hardly up for dispute whether they work for increasing velocity – they do work. But how they’re used – and the volume of throws made with them – can make weighted balls either a pitcher’s best friend, or their worst nightmare. Let’s discuss some of the do’s and don’ts and my take on weighted balls for baseball pitchers.
Weighted balls are a tool for baseball players, not a lifestyle. To say they are safe or unsafe is really to miss the point. Pitchers today use them more than ever as a tool, so we need to discuss their safety.
A knife can be a tool or a weapon; it’s obvious that human beings both cut vegetables and kill each other using knives. It’s not the knife’s fault and the knife is not inherently bad.
So if we can agree that weighted balls are a tool that can either be effective or destructive, how should we use them? I answer this question in-depth in the video embedded in this article. I feel strongly about the following:
To hear the rest of my thoughts, jump into the short video below. And, leave me a comment with your thoughts. I’ll respond, so let’s talk about it.
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