When 2+2=10

By Jonathan Massey-


At the Ranch, we often refer to training corruption as “doing a drill slightly wrong, and therefore not getting the training effect we desire”.


Another definition of training corruption we have at the Ranch is “becoming so focused on one singular portion of the delivery — i.e. pelvic tilt — that you no longer move through your delivery with fluidity and/or athleticism”.


Aristotle, who Coach Wolforth often refers to as the best pitching coach ever, said it best, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.


How the body moves through your delivery is far more important than creating the perfect glute load or pelvic tilt angle, yet I often see players who can’t see the forest from the trees. They get so locked on one part of their delivery that they become slow and methodical, and it looks like they’re throwing in water.


I am not saying the pieces don’t matter because they absolutely do, but so do things like rhythm, tempo, timing, and synergy. There are Hall of Fame pitchers who, by the Ranch definition, had inefficient movement patterns, yet they found a way to coordinate their movements with good rhythm, tempo, timing, and synergy.


So how do you make 2+2=10? You take efficient movements, not perfect movements, and combine them with good rhythm, tempo, timing, and synergy. That is how you get the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts.


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Important TBR Updates


  • With the cancellation of the college baseball season and most high school seasons, and with summer playing schedules still in limbo, we have added a couple additional events to our calendar to assist athletes with skill improvement.  First, we have an Advanced College Training Session scheduled for May 15-17.  The group will be limited to 32 athletes.  Second, we have added an Elite Pitchers Boot Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.
  • The COVID-19 virus has impacted nearly every facet of our society. In short, the world is a very different place than it was on January 1st, 2020 and that includes the Texas Baseball Ranch®. In order to limit the number of parents and athletes attending our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps, we are currently reducing the camp enrollment from 45 athletes to 24 athletes. This change will stay in effect until the national requirements/guidelines have been updated. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty.
  • In addition, we have added a “Ranch Remote” training option for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

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