The Triple Pitchby Jerry Johnson
The Triple Pitch is a new softball pitch as reliable as a changeup, curveball and dropball. It's a combination of all three that gives you a dynamic new pitch for your pitching arsenal! The Triple Pitch is effective due to its unique spin. When pitched correctly, the pitch can do several different things. The speed is between a fastball and a change up, with a slight curve and a very tight drop. The Triple Pitch has two grips and two releases, that can be used by the intermediate or advanced pitcher.
I've always had the desire to come up with an original pitch. One night after pitching practice was over, I stayed in the pitching room and started throwing the ball into the back stop, trying to watch the ball as I released it. Anyone who has done this knows how difficult it is to pitch and watch the ball at the same time. I experimented with different grips, and after pitching into the back stop for several weeks I saw that I had come up with something "new." After pitching this "new" pitch a few times myself I asked one of the MSU pitchers and one of the catchers to stay after practice and pitch the pitch so I could see what it was really doing. After the first throw the catcher said "what was that?" The rest is history.
"Jerry demonstrated this pitch to me and explained the mechanics of the pitch. I found it to be a very sharp breaking pitch that will be very effective when thrown correctly. "
–Coach Ernie Parker
Jerry Johnson was born and raised in Prattville, AL. After 26 years in the U.S. Army, he retired in 1993 with the rank of Sergeant Major. He remained in Beckley, West Virginia with his wife Rita after his retirement. Jerry began working with the West Virginia Greenbrier County Board of Education in the fall of 1993. There he taught JROTC at Greenbrier West High School.
Jerry Johnson has been involved in Softball for over 30 years; he has coached at every level. In 1996 he became Greenbrier West High School's first Softball coach. In September 2004, he became the Pitching Coach for the Mountain State University Lady Cougars softball team. In September 2005, he was assigned the Assistant Head Coach of the MSU Lady Cougars.
Jerry retired from the Greenbrier County School System in June 2005. Jerry Johnson is the owner and operator of Jerry's FastPitch, LLC and continues to teach private pitching lessons as well as organizing and participating in pitching clinics throughout Southern West Virginia. Jerry has coached students throughout the United States. Jerry is a graduate of Columbia College and Concord University (formerly Concord College).
Jerry Johnson is a professional softball pitching and hitting coach with more than 30 years of experience in the softball industry. Jerry specializes in the art of windmill pitching and hitting lessons for individuals and teams, plus camps for various groups such as colleges, universities, little leagues, high schools, ASA leagues, and all other organizations.
Jerry offers 7 custom pitching and hitting DVD's that focus on the younger pitchers and hitters, ages fourteen and younger, but any level of experience can benefit. He has reviewed countless other pitching and hitting DVD's and provides more step-by-step details about the "how to method of training" than other pitching and hitting DVD's. His pitching and hitting DVD's are sold at an affordable price of only $19.95 each while other pitching and hitting DVD's are sold at around $40 or more. All of Jerry's pitching and hitting DVD's provide the following three things: Step-by-Step Instructions: Explains to the student about the "how to method" with correct mechanics. Teacher Demonstration: Shows the student how to do each drill and to correctly develop the muscle memory for that particular pitch. Student Demonstration: The Student will then exercise the proper mechanics for that pitch.
Jerry places a lot of emphasis on using proper mechanics in order to have a good solid foundation and muscle memory. This all comes in due time by exercising countless repetitions through continual practice.