- Part 1
"Working with Buddy has allowed me to understand how to get my body to pitch relaxed and fluid. Over the course of a career, sometimes you are in the zone and can close your eyes and throw strikes, and other times it feels like you can't hit the broad side of a barn. My body has relaxed a lot more and I feel less like "I have to throw a strike" and more able to just trust my stuff and adjust as different scenarios come at me. ;I'm less sore after pitching and ;recover more quickly ;no matter how much ;I throw, because my body does not tighten up or fight itself on delivery. I get more late movement on my pitches and my breaking ball is sharper. I think that this fluid motion my body experiences through Buddy's teaching will allow anyone to pitch with more freedom and reduce pitching injuries. The more fluid you are, the less strain you put on your ligaments and muscles."
Retired San Francisco Giants
“As a senior in high school, I began working with Buddy on my hitting skills. Pitching being my strongest suit, I never thought I would need his teaching to succeed on the mound. Little did I know, Buddy’s teaching can be applied to even the most confident athlete. This past year, I was stuck in extended spring training. After working with Buddy only twice, I was called up almost immediately. I was eventually given a spot start because I was one of the most consistent pitchers in the bullpen. After my first professional start in Low A, I was called up to High A and remained a starter for the rest of the year. In my span at High A, 60+ innings, I had the 4th lowest ERA in the minors and the 2nd lowest WHIP in all of baseball, only behind Clayton Kershaw.
Not only did my stats back up what Buddy teaches, but my arm condition was great. This season I accumulated over 100 innings of work, but my arm felt the same way it did on day one. In the past, after an outing, my arm would feel like it went through a vigorous workout, but now the recovery time is instant. My coaches couldn’t believe that I could long toss the day after throwing 7+ innings. It is a great feeling to go into the off season pain free.
I cannot thank Buddy enough for what he has helped me achieve. I never stray away from what he has taught me and believe my career would be on a different path if I didn’t decide to work with him. Buddy always follows up with me after an outing to make sure his teaching is being utilized and if I believe I am performing at my best. He is always one phone call or text away if I think I need to work on something or if something doesn’t feel right. Because he is so experienced in this field, Buddy is able to correct any problems I might have, instantly.
Buddy is amazing and I would recommend working with him to anyone who wants to dominate his or her sport physically and mentally."
"Since incorporating Buddy’s teaching into my daily routine, my fatigue level has decreased significantly. Before, I would always feel a little tired or just not at the top of my game. I wouldn't feel injured, just not entirely there. However, since our work together, I feel more at the top of my game than ever before. That's even with increased throwing demands from the big league level. When the mind is in the right state, the arm just goes along for the ride. I fully believe the methodology will drastically decrease the amount of arm injuries. It allows the stress to be passed evenly amongst the body and helps pitchers pitch longer and better.
Another thing that I have noticed since starting is my consistency. Before when I would go out on the mound I didn't entirely know what I was going to get that day. I would feel that I needed to warm up longer to get into the right "state of mind" or feel "good" with my pitches that day. Now it's much easier to repeat outcomes and feel "right". When things are off, going back to the basics of the teaching almost always straighten things out.
The biggest thing I personally have noticed using the teaching is the ability to focus on the here and now of a game. When using the program correctly you are not able to think about what had just happened or what might happen next. All you can do is worry about the next pitch and your ability to make the best pitch possible.
Buddy has helped me pitch at my highest ability more frequently than ever before. I used to find the "zone" every now and then and would dominate on those days. Now I feel every time I go out on the mound that it's my game to lose and the ball is solely in my hands."
Chicago White Sox Pitcher
“During my two years working with Buddy, I have experienced the most dramatic shift in three aspects of my pitching performance. Overall consistency, arm health and command of the strike zone. When I started working with Buddy I was a sophomore in college throwing a mid to high 80’s fastball without the slightest idea of where it was going. Today I am in the Phillies organization and I now throw a low to mid 90’s fastball and had 7 walks in 32.1 innings pitched. I do not mention this to boast about my improvement as a pitcher but to illustrate what this program has meant for my overall success in the game of baseball.
Anyone who is in or around the game of baseball has come to realize that there is a problem going on with the amount of injuries, specifically the elbow. The athletes are bigger, stronger and start sport specializing at an earlier age. All three of these factors are partially responsible for the increase in injuries. However, I feel Buddy has a solution to the problem. As I have learned, the mind is the secret. It is about tapping into the fluid motion which is caused by the proper mindset. Doing so causes the body to work with more fluidity and efficiency. Without tensing up the bigger muscle groups while throwing, a pitcher has a decreased risk of injury every time he steps on the mound. In my own career I have seen a major difference in recovery time, next day soreness and decreased long-term wear and tear. I have not taken more than two weeks off of throwing since September 2013. In that time I have logged over 200 innings from fall inter-squads all the way through rookie ball. During my college season I consistently threw 120 pitches, and topping out at 149 pitches in my 15 starts. In my last outing of short-season rookie ball I was averaging a 90-92 mph fastball and did not walk anyone. I strongly believe without Buddy’s teaching, I would not have made it through this year as healthy as I did.."
"I have been pitching for over fifteen years now, some years good, some years bad. ; Having played for this long, I have had the opportunity to pitch under many different coaches. ; Without fail, every one of them has told me after some point of failure "You think too much. ; Stop thinking, and start competing." As an athlete and a competitor, I am never not competing, so the advice was always profoundly unhelpful. ; I am a cerebral person in all aspects of life, and that held true when I was out on the mound. ; When pitching, I was always thinking about adjustments, thinking about what I did wrong, thinking about the next pitch, thinking about the possible outcomes. ; It was just who I was. And then I'd grit my teeth, give a good hard leg kick, and try to throw the ball as hard as I could. And sometimes this worked. And sometimes it didn't. I would be trying to will the ball past the hitter, trying to move my arm with as much effort as I could muster. When I was successful, everyone was happy. When I failed, I was "too cerebral" again.
When I first worked with Buddy, I had a hard time accepting his concepts. It seemed to me that I wasn't trying hard enough out on the mound, that I wasn't showing that I cared enough by gritting my teeth and getting worked up with something went wrong. Thankfully, Buddy's teaching prevailed, and I slowly learned the benefits of shutting off my prefrontal cortex and letting my deeper brain take over, making me more explosive and athletic. I could still think when I wasn't on the mound, I could do homework and prepare for hitters, but when it was time to compete, thinking only served to make me less of an athlete.
I have experienced two main benefits Buddy’s teaching. One, no longer throwing with tense "effort" has created more late life on my pitches, and I get more swings and misses on my fastball and my breaking ball. Two, not throwing with tense "effort" has dramatically decreased the wear and tear on my arm. This past season I had 46 appearances in our 140 game season- that is an appearance every third day. And yet, at the end of the season my arm felt as good as it did in spring training. I didn't miss a single game due to injury, never did any stem or ultrasound, and basically had a "rubber arm" the entire season.
From my personal experience, pitching with fluid motion has both elevated my game to a superior level, and has been a major component in the overall health of my arm."
"I teamed up with Buddy and Zone Training before last year's spring training. I have been very pleased with the results not just from the training standpoint, but in other areas as well. I have had one pretty significant arm injury that cost me much of the 2012 season. After coming back, I noticed to be a little more sore and fatigued after relief appearances that did not seem to prevent me from pitching, but we're constantly something I had to throw through. After doing the training with Buddy last year, I noticed a significant change in how my arm felt. The soreness seemed to go away and my ability to bounce back increased. A lot of times it felt as if I hadn't even thrown the previous day. My arm felt stronger, the ball came out more free and easy, and my recovery time was very quick. I was fortunate enough to not have any arm issues last season. This lasted me throughout the entire 2014 season and I am very happy I took part in Buddy's program."