HSLegend wrote:When you change up shoes, the new weight or balance or feel causes you to make a slight adjustment of some kind, and it may not actually be anything with the shoe, but that "newness" causes the "correction" in your pitching (your mind is no longer trying to regulate your body, it is focused on the new part of the equation). Now, once you get the feel of the new shoe, suddenly you lose those new ringers. Why, well, that newness that caused a correction is gone and you're back to your old habits...of which, something is not quite right (your mind is back in control and causing mayhem).
The good news is the practice has been so much that your body knows exactly what it needs to do to throw a ringer....the bad news is unless you can get your mind off of what you're doing it is going to be hard to get consistent. We've all felt that "in-the-zone" experience, well, that is when you have essentially found a way to cut off the mind's control and you just pitch ringer after ringer, almost numb to it all....mystifying indeed!
Clank wrote:...It's uncanny how many times I have hobbled/stumbled out to my pits and pitched ringers on my very first warm up pitches before settling in to missing...
LarryMac wrote:Clank here is what you can do. Practice with one brand, them when you go to a tournament pitch with a different brand lol.
Clank wrote:It's as if I had never pitched in a tournament or even practiced. In March of 2012 I pitched in my very first NHPA tournament. I averaged 22.8%. By the second year I was pitching in the low to mid 30% and anticipating further improvement. Alas, in my last tournament I pitched 17% and barely 20% in my next to last, both lower than I was pitching before my very beginning.
I don't know what to make of it? I'm still pitching in sets of 100 and normally hit about 35-40/100 on my own pits. On rare occasions I will pitch as low as 23/100 or as high as 53/100. The last two tournaments were in courts I hardly ever pitch in. I just don't seem to be able to carry my game from my own courts to someone else's and sometimes my arm and hand muscles just don't want to relax.
Nevertheless, I can't wait to try again. Merry Christmas to all and may all keep on pitching!
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