About three years ago I was searching pitching and pitching tools, and I stumbled across the Softball Power Drive. I spent some time on their website truly studying the tool and soon realized that it was a tool that helped teach exactly how I taught my pitching students. Immediately I searched for a contact email and sent an email to Softball Power Drive explaining who I was, how much I loved their tool and if there was any way we could work together. I thought that email was going to go into a black hole, but it didn’t. I got contacted back a few weeks later by the inventor of the Softball Power Drive, John Miller, and his father Brad. After that conversation, we have worked together ever since.
We made this video in Indiana about 2 years ago with a high tech camera that shoots at 1000fps. What’s so cool about this video is that it shows how to use the Softball Power Drive while also showing fastpitch mechanics at a speed where you can actually see where the body is supposed to be.
I was very lucky growing up; I had tremendous pitching coaches who taught me solid mechanics and how to put my body into the most efficient spots to get the most out of my size and muscles. I stand at not even 5’6 but could touch 70mph. Think of the normal pitcher you see in college and most of them stand above 5’6, lots of them over 6′ tall. So I get asked where I got that power from a lot. My answer to them is: I used my lower half in the right way in order to get the most energy out of my frame.
This video has over 400,000 views on youtube and does not include the numbers of views it has had on the Softball Power Drive home page. I haven’t really found anything else out there on the internet that shows the fastpitch mechanics in slow motion at 1000fps like this video does. So please share or leave any comments and questions! Enjoy!
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I have been watching your video on the pitching topic I love it. I watch it every week almost to remind me of the pitches. It has really helped me in my pitching. But I was wondering how I can order the Softball Power Drive tool?
Thanks for watching!!! Happy it helps, it’s a great tool!
What is the website to order the Softball Power Drive tool?
Enjoy your videos and you on espn. I have played high level fast-pitch 20 years and coached 35 last 20 H.S.&College was a field player but been given pitching lessons last 20 always striving to improve details to my players questions what about stride foot on landing on rise ball & head bob on delivery for all pitches also what about back door screw & curve? Thanks
Thanks, Coach! Appreciate that!
Not sure what you mean about head bob on delivery.- more details please!
Landing on rise ball – stride can be a little bit longer, but I wouldn’t say it’s mandatory.
Backdoor curve I see is way more common to work than a backdoor screw. I have ever only seen 1 person throw a backdoor screw that actually broke and that was Laura Winter from Notre Dame. If you google her I would think there would be footage on it.
Hey! Someone pointed this out to me about the backdoor screw and thought I’d share some of my thoughts on it.
The hardest part for me on the pitch was not giving it away on my stride so I worked extra hard on making my stride slightly off center toward the outside corner where it wasn’t as noticeable.
I also do not have long fingers or big hands so in order to get it to move, I had to use a lot of forearm and wrist strength to get spin.
I don’t think there is a lot of footage on it despite it being one of my more common pitches but I think there is a highlight video on the WatchND youtube channel so that might have a clip!