Brian Leighton Assistant Athletic Director Head Baseball Coach - Albertus Magnus College
“Buddy's Zone Motion program is unlike any other program out there. It had an immediate positive impact upon our student-athletes. This past season, despite our largest roster size ever, we posted the highest team GPA in the history of the program. We also drastically improved all offensive categories including our quality at-bat avg. and consistency of hard contact. With virtually the same starting lineup, our offensive production went to another level. Student-athletes reported fewer injuries, a higher quality of rest and recovery, better stress management, and higher quality sleeping patterns. I am skeptical by nature but believe wholeheartedly in this system. This is not a Sports Psychology program, this is a Sports Biology program. Gone are the days of "Muscle Memory" as we now know that "Motion Memory" is at the center of athleticism. We were able to transform players and overcome training plateaus and challenges in record setting fashion. As a coach that often talked about the importance of the mental game in sports, Buddy's Zone Motion program is THE WAY to unlock your true abilities through sports biology! I am fortunate to have found this program and cannot wait to follow up our best season in the past decade with an even more impressive one!”
Jeremy Affeldt - San Francisco Giants (ret.)
“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.”
Jake Petricka - Toronto Blue Jays
"While using Buddy’s teaching over the past two seasons, I have noticed a few drastic things.
1. Since incorporating the teaching into my daily routine, my fatigue level decreased significantly. Before working with Buddy 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. Now I feel more at the top of my game than ever before. That's even with increased throwing demands at the big league level. I contribute that largely to his teaching and its ability to help an athlete rebound from an outing.
2. Another thing that I have noticed 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 program almost always straighten things out.
3. The biggest thing I personally have noticed 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 have attention on the next pitch and your ability to make the best pitch possible.
In all using the program 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.”
Austin Davis - Philadelphia Phillies
"Buddy possesses knowledge about the brain-body connection that I have not been exposed to anywhere else. My work with him has transformed how I look to increase performance. I use to believe that if I just “tried harder” or “worked harder” I would eventually be successful. Although I did have some success with this method, I was not able to fully unlock my potential as an athlete until I had the process in my mind right. I have seen throughout my time in the minor leagues that what separates Big Leaguers from the rest is the ability to be consistent throughout the entire season. This is what Buddy’s teaching brings to me. It makes the dominant times longer and ineffective spells shorter. We intentionally control and develop how my mind works while I pitch. The result is repeatable mechanics and fluidity throughout the entire motion. I now feel free to go out and pitch with intent and aggressiveness.
With the increase in data driven analytics I find it important to note that while I do not know what my spin rate/efficiency was before I started working with Buddy, I believe my high spin rate comes from the process of the mind being correct. My four seam fastball is averaging 2500 and peaking at 2750.
When I work with Buddy I feel “in the zone.” He brings a fresh perspective to the world of baseball that has transformed me as a pitcher and I know will transform others."
Scott McCarron, PGA Senior Tour
September 20, 2017 Updated: September 20, 2017 4:34pm
Most of this week’s phone interview with Scott McCarron made perfect sense. McCarron talked about his wild success on the Champions Tour, his fondness for Pebble Beach and trying to keep pace with ageless Bernhard Langer.
Along the way, McCarron dropped a name out of the blue, out of another sport, out of short left field: Buddy Biancalana.
This might not resonate for golf fans, but it probably does for those of a certain age who follow baseball. Biancalana was a scrappy shortstop from Marin County who spent parts of six seasons in the major leagues and played spectacularly in helping the Kansas City Royals win the 1985 World Series. And now, as it turns out, he’s helping McCarron enjoy a renaissance on the golf course.
McCarron also has Northern California roots. He was born in Sacramento, lived in Danville for a time as a kid and attended Vintage High in Napa. Then he went off to UCLA and stitched together a solid PGA Tour career, with three victories and more than $12 million in earnings. He largely vanished from the scene in his mid-40s, as many solid tour pros do. But he was primed and ready to join the PGA Tour Champions when he turned 50 in July 2015 and has won six times in 53 starts since then.
McCarron stands No. 2 on this year’s money list, behind only Langer, entering the Pure Insurance Championship (previously known as the First Tee Open) starting Friday at Pebble Beach. Langer and McCarron have separated themselves from the pack, easily the two best players in the 50-and-older crowd.
So what got into McCarron? Well, he’s smacking tee shots long and straight (sixth on tour in driving distance, averaging 295.6 yards). His putting has been great (third on tour). And Biancalana helped McCarron unclutter his mind. McCarron, now 52, described Biancalana as a sports psychologist, essentially, and characterized his guidance as “abstract thinking.” McCarron figures his body knows what to do, after a lifetime of hitting golf balls, and his mind just needed to stay out of the way. “It’s about letting your mind be quiet and allowing your body to do what it’s supposed to do,” McCarron said. Biancalana, who has worked with athletes in several sports, clearly has made an impact on McCarron.
Dr. Kevin Witte D.O., M.B.A
Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Andrews Research and Education Institute Sports Medicine Fellow
Kansas City, MO
"Using Buddy's system, during the throwing motion, the EMG findings show us there is less involvement of the latissimus dorsi and more recruitment of the pectoralis major. Based on throwing biomechanics and the kinetic chain of activities during the throwing motion, we can conclude that those results will lead to a more stabilized shoulder during the throwing motion. Furthermore, I think you can extrapolate that to more stabilization and less stress on the elbow.
We know that both the latissimus and pec show highest muscle strain during the acceleration phase of the throwing motion. In particular, the latissimus has traditionally shown more strain than the pec during this acceleration phase. The EMG findings on muscle strain, using Buddy's system, has shown a more balanced pattern with less latissimus strain and more pec recruitment.
We also know that too much tension in the latissimus can lead to core/trunk imbalance, which leads to injuries. In addition, we know that the latissimus is an accessory respiratory muscle and thus, a lower respiratory rate combined with less latissimus strain would be evidence of a more balanced and relaxed state. A previous study by Fleisig et al at ASMI has shown that Buddy's system does not alter the overall throwing mechanics, but lead to a less perceived level of fatigue. It is important to note, that Buddy's system, while changing muscle recruitment patterns, has also been shown to increase strike rate per the ASMI study without any drastic change to the pitchers' throwing motion. In fact findings are showing an increase in the baseball spin rate after training with Buddy. The goal for every baseball player is to maintain or increase performance, while remaining healthy and injury free. If you put all the data together, I believe Buddy has a system that helps accomplish that."
Dr. Scott H. Calzaretta, C.C., C.C.S.P.
Certified Chiropractor Sports Physician
President Chiro-Medical group
San Francisco, CA
"As a former Olympic team doctor and someone who has treated many professional, world class and amateur athletes during my 30 years of practice, I am always looking for something that can help my patients succeed. The “Zone Motion” has caught my attention and is going to revolutionize how sports are taught. I met Buddy through a friend and he did a demo for 6 of us on the driving range at a local golf course. Within minutes we looked around at each other and smiled in disbelief. The beneficial changes were obvious and immediate. My personal experience at that moment was the ease of the golf swing, change in ball flight, consistency and mobility in my finish. As a sports medicine doctor and an athlete, I knew this was something big, really big.
I told him that he needs to research this program and he informed me that there was a study in progress by a colleague of mine who is a bio mechanist and one of the foremost experts in the field of sports medicine as it pertains to baseball. The results of that study confirmed what I had expected, and in my opinion, any athlete who wants to improve their game (don’t we all) should be knocking down Buddy's door. I have seen the testimonials Buddy has from professional and amateur athletes alike, and they only confirm what I have personally experienced. Better performance, more fluidity in motion, a sense of calm, an accelerated learning curve and less fatigue following the activity. With the aforementioned in mind this may also have a significant effect on reducing injuries.
In my professional and personal opinion, this methodology is absolutely an invaluable training tool for athletes."
Paul McGannon M.S., A.T.C.
President Sports Rehabilitation and Hand Therapy Kansas City
Kansas City Kings NBA Trainer 1974-78
Kansas City Royals MLB Trainer 1975-1989
"As we all know there is an important chain that goes from diagnosis to rehabilitation to return to activity. Zone Motion is the missing link between the rehabilitation phase and return to activity phase. Based and supported by science and independent studies, it proves to be an invaluable asset."