One of my readers, Steve, actually suggested this idea for youth softball pitching drills. Give it a try for quick results!
Here’s a softball drill I use:
For Pitchers –”Handkerchief Reach” –
Have the pitchers do their normal pitching motion, without any softballs.
While watching their mechanics, have a coach see where their front foot (delivery) foot lands and where their delivery hand lands. Mark that spot.
Now take out a handkerchief (towel will do) and have the coach stand directly in front of the pitcher. Tell the pitcher to do the pitching motion again, but this time to “hit” the handkerchief with their “pitching hand”. Repeat this activity, but each time, the coach moves a distance farther from the pitcher.
After about 2 -4 times, the pitcher has increased the “delivery distance” and “stretched further down/over”.
I have had pitchers add between 2 & 4 feet to their delivery motion and “end-up” distance. This has increased velocity, improved mechanics, etc.