Coaching Corner: Direct Hits

2 months ago By David Hinchliffe

Improving your throwing isn't just about throwing more.

“This is how you win games”

Anyone who has been to our weekly fielding session will admit there is some work to be done when it comes to throwing. Not many hit the mitt!

Don't worry, West is not alone in this. Despite our rusty indoor throwing, we were still about twice as good on average than our opponents in matches last year.

Nevertheless, there is room for everyone to improve throwing, especially when aiming at the stumps.

Let's face it, if you can run out a pro before he starts to score runs for fun, you would take the wicket every time!

Improving not proving

So, how do you improve the number of times you hit the stumps?

Practice?

Right! But wait...

Practice is not just throwing the ball as many times as you can.

That's a start, but if you keep doing the same thing you keep getting the same results. You need to practice to improve, rather than prove (where have you heard that before).

What does that look like?

In the simplest way, you set up some stumps and try to hit them. You count how well you do.

Did you hit the stumps more than 50% of the time?

Then make it more difficult: More distance, smaller target, tighter angle, raise your heart rate or add pressure with a running batsman. Keep making it more difficult until you start to fail.

Did you hit the stumps less than 50% of the time?

Then try something different: Switch your technique, think about where you focus your eyes or slow your roll a little bit (we all know taking a moment to aim is better, but we all tend to rush).

Did it show an improvement?

If it did, stick at it until you are up to 50%.

If it didn't, try something else.

Either way, Keep, finding your point of failure and going through the loop again and again.

It might not be comfortable.

It might feel weird to train like this.

Stick with it.

This is how you improve and this is how you win games for West in the field.

Updated 20:27 - 10 Mar 2017 by David Hinchliffe

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