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Why Space is Key to Throwing Strikes

Aside from a few minor tweaks here and there, by the time a pitcher gets to the collegiate level they already have a very good understanding of their mechanics. They've heard a thousand terms to describe what they should "feel" as they go thru their wind-up to deliver the pitch and make adjustments accordingly until the desired outcome is achieved. Looks good, sounds good. However, when you look at strike efficiency, is the issue with throwing strikes due to a mechanical breakdown or lack of spacial information? 99% of coaches will swear it's mechanical or psychological. Why? Because it deals with an area that they can touch, see, and feel.  But no one has looked beyond that point... 
Every baseball team in America has a roster filled with pitchers; some starters, some situational, some relief, and some are closers. But in that mix is one that could be dynamite, a game changer, if they could just throw a strike. Drills aren't working; strings and colored boxes, different mechanics, a long stride vs a short stride, you name it and they've tried it but to no avail. But what if I told you that by simplifying and enhancing the space of the strike zone, you'd start to see a change in strikes being thrown.. And not just one here or there, but consistently and with each pitch they throw? As a pitcher, your livelihood ultimately boils down to being able to throw strikes; quality strikes! If you can't throw strikes, you don't pitch; simple as that!
Present day: Enter V-Flex. For the last six years teams across the country have put V-Flex to work for their hitters to increase strike recognition. More impressive is the last four national championships in D-1 softball have been won by a V-Flex trained team! With teams noticing a major difference in their hitters being on V-Flex, it's only fitting they're seeing those same positive results using the V-Flex pitching system. The ticket? Enhancing and simplifying space. And not just any space; the space that makes up the strike zone.   
How does enhancing space correlate to throwing more strikes? Without V-Flex in place, pitchers have had to rely upon imaginative visualization; making themselves believe they can see the parameters of the strike zone without being prompted. News flash: They can't and that doesn't work.  In order for a pitcher to see the strike zone, their brains must be prompted to make the strike zone from space using V-Flex! What does involving V-Flex do for your pitcher's strike throwing capabilities? Did you ever stop to think; "Does the ball have to travel the entire distance from the mound to home plate before it can be quantified as a strike in the pitchers or hitters perception?" The beauty of the strike zone is that its shape is constant! Like our hitting series, there is a space that exists in front of home plate that correlates to the strike zone. And if a pitcher can throw thru it, the pitch will be a strike over 95% of the time. And yes, it even works with curve balls!
By prompting a pitcher's brain to see the strike zone and enhancing the space that it correlates to, their efficiency begins to increase with each pitch they desire to throw due to their brain being able to see, not imagine or visualize, the parameters of the strike zone. The brain is constantly searching for clues as to when it needs to release each pitch so that speed, spin, and trajectory are in line enough to produce a strike. By providing the missing spacial information, the brain can make more accurate assessments on a more consistent basis as to when to release the ball and the end result be a strike. Is it easier to hit a spot 60 ft away or 15 ft away? The answer is obvious but has never been put to action because no one has been able to define the space that correlates to the strike zone between the mound and home plate that a pitcher can use to throw thru. The key to pitching is throwing strikes; the key to throwing strikes is V-Flex. 

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