In this comprehensive guide, we introduce you to the “L Drill Kneeling” and “L Drill Standing” techniques, two essential drills designed to help pitchers develop a powerful whipping motion. Whether you’re on one knee or standing tall, these drills are your ticket to enhancing your pitching skills and taking your game to the next level. Let’s dive into the details of these game-changing exercises.

Players kneel and practice whipping motions while pitching.

L Drill Kneeling

Purpose: Develops a whipping motion for maximum velocity on pitches.

Setup: Two players set up about 10 feet apart.

Instructions:

  1. Pitchers are down on one knee. They have their glove-side leg forward and are in an “L” position.
  2. To start, they put their throwing hand with the ball above their head; their glove is straight in front of them, pointed at the target.
  3. They whip their arm down and throw to their partner.

Coaching Tips:

  • At release, the fingertips should be the fastest moving part of the body.
  • Run the drill for 3-5 minutes or 25-35 repetitions.

Player stands and practices whipping motion.

L Drill Standing

Purpose: Develops a whipping motion for maximum velocity on pitches.

Setup: Two players set up about 10 feet apart.

Instructions:

1. Pitchers stand in this version of the “L” Drill.

2. To start, they put their throwing hand with the ball above their head; their glove is straight in front of them, pointed at the target.

3. They whip their arm down and throw to their partner. As they throw they shift their weight toward the target.

Coaching Tips:

  • The pitchers should be “flowing” toward their target by shifting their weight forward.
  • They should start with their legs shoulder-width apart and then take a small stride forward while driving off the back leg.
  • The keys in this drill to watch are alignment and mechanics.
  • Run the drill for 3-5 minutes or 25-35 repetitions.