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Discussion: bat & thowing speed

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Feb. 13, 2007
92 posts
bat & thowing speed
I know that I am just getting older (62) but what can I do body wise to increase my bat speed and my thowing is really off.
Looking for ways to train, weigh lifting or something like that.
A machine that will help, or even give the body of a young kid again.
Feb. 13, 2007
Men's 65
3146 posts
Here is a link to Mike Macenko's web site, specifically his bat speed pages:
Feb. 14, 2007
Mighty Grip
Men's 55
34 posts
For thowing, the best program on the market comes from the fastpitch area. Jennie Finch's dad invented a device for thowing years back. It worked very well for Jennie as we all know. It is called the finch-windmill and it will help your thowing and batting. The web site is

It has been used in every level of girls fastpitch and would work well for the senior players as well.
Feb. 14, 2007
Men's 65
1000 posts
I am recuperating from elbow reconstruction. A disconnection of the tendon and a titanium anchor into the elbow and reconnection.

I am throwing a 2 pound Cannonball warm up ball against a small trampoline tarp for physical therapy and I have a piece of equipment that I love called a Total Gym. It really works well on the arms, shoulders, legs and solarplexes, etc.
Feb. 14, 2007
Men's 55
41 posts
I agree that doing a long toss workout 15-30 min 3 or more times a week is about the best answer to improving your arm strength and throwing ability. The only thing better is doing it 5 or more times a week.
Feb. 14, 2007
Men's 70
502 posts
At your age (and I'm also 62) you might want to add some rotator cuff excercises to your routine, especially if you're going to be doing a lot of long toss or other drills to improve your arm strength. They won't directly increase your arm strength, but it may keep you from tearing a rotator cuff. Trust me the rehab from cuff surgery is no fun.

The following link will take you to a site that illustrates a good set of cuff excercises that can be done in just a few minutes a day.
Feb. 14, 2007
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
Feb. 15, 2007
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
Sensing that my last post on this subject was less than clear, I will attempt to clarify it. :-)
I intended to state that I'd be real careful about throwing weighted softballs. It has been mentioned here in the past that many orthopedists feel that weighted softballs create immediate and/or downstream problems with the sensitive shoulder muscles associated with throwing.
Rhetorical question: Have you ever seen MLB pitchers using a weighted ball? I definitely have seen them playing long toss but cannot recall ever seeing them throw the heavy stuff.
If you're 'rehabbing' a shoulder you might speak with your Dr before getting into the weighted balls. My Dr told me that more reps is better than more weight when it comes to shoulders and our advanced ages. JMO.
Bob Woodroof
Feb. 15, 2007
Hit the gap
Men's 70
154 posts
I agree with the Wood on this one. I have read info on several websites saying that the heavy ball is not a good thing especially in older players. There are many other exercises that you can do to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder but I would avoid the heavy ball.
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