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Comment by Rich Dunno on September 15, 2015 at 9:23am

Any thoughts?

Everyone by now should understand that Pitching and Hitting have a lot of things in common. Both are "Chain reaction events"......meaning the end results are based on patterns that happen before the "release or impact". And both start at the ground......or at least need to.

Good scouts & coaches can tell if a players is using their "Lower Half" for the most part.  These athletes that utilize their "Lower Half" are recognized by the scouts as the more projectable, more powerful athletes and most desirable....... No coach can deny this.

This is my opinion.......

Hitting starts with a movement backwards called the load followed by a "Ground Force" caused by the back leg. This Ground Force provides the energy that when the front leg braces up correctly.... transfers the energy through the hips causing the core/upper body to rotate at a faster rate (Elastic Energy) that in turn causes the shoulders/hands to deliver the bat at an accelerated rate.......Kinetic Chain Reaction.

Look at how Bryce Harper, Frank Thomas and MLB hit....all have the back foot off the ground which is caused by energy being transferred.

Pitching also starts at the ground.....As the lift leg is going up we should be moving our hips forward causing a pelvic load..... this is what is considered the "Gravitational Phase".... as the lower half moves forward (Loaded Phase) we set up what is considered the "Drive Phase" where the back leg needs to create force against the rubber. When the front leg braces up correctly this energy is transferred to the hips that separate from the upper body causing an "Elastic Energy" that accelerates the "Upper Torso" and this in turn accelerates the arm action that creates faster velocity of the ball........Kinetic Chain Reaction....

Look at Chapman, Clemens, Gooden and Ryan....all have PHENOMINAL LEG DRIVE!

So you see that both are somewhat common in that they both are "Kinetic Chain Reactions" and both start from the ground"

Know this! "Elite Athletes are Elite Athletes because they utilize Ground Force better that average athletes!"........PERIOD!

Hitting...... Here is what I'm getting at. They days of "Squash the Bug" or "Pulling your knee forward" while hitting are OVER!   We do not create energy from just rotating or the back foot of pulling!  We need to create a force that will transfer to the bat......and this energy is considered "Ground Force" that is caused by what the back leg & foot does. Without this force the bat speed suffers. This "Ground Force" is what causes the back foot to leave the isn't from lifting it.

Pitching.....I'm getting away from any coach that tells my son or daughter not to create a force from the back leg! This robs the pitcher from the most powerful source of KINETIC ENERGY that causes the hips to separate......and this is the biggest "Torque point" that causes exceptional velocity.  Also take this "Ground Force" away and arm stress multiplies because the arm has to do all the work to create velocity!!!!



Increase the "Ground Force"............. increase the end result........BAT SPEED AND ABSOLUTE VELOCITY!!!

Train like elite athletes.....and may the "FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!"


Comment by Daniel M Krapf on July 29, 2014 at 7:41pm

Have all of Tom House videos and books. I even spend a day with him. He is an outstanding coach and even a better person. He is more interested in the health of your arm and proper mechanics then making a few dollars. Most pitching coaches on the web got most of their ideas from him then add a little of this an a little of that to make it sound like it their program

Comment by Don Ervin on July 29, 2014 at 12:41pm

 Since we cannot {PREVENT or ELIMINATE} CHRONIC SORE ARMS, ELBOW AND SHOULDER INJURIES AND SURGERIES} we can only hope to {MINIMIZE} these injuries and surgeries,

Don Ervin

Comment by Don Ervin on July 29, 2014 at 12:26pm

Hey Buddy,

There are two words that are used numerous times which are,

#1. {Prevent} concerning chronic sore arms, elbow and shoulder injuries and surgeries,

There is no way to {PREVENT or ELIMINATE} such injuries and surgeries due to the fact that during the act of throwing an object one's elbow and shoulder in particular automatically become susceptible to possible injury and surgery.


To keep, stop or eliminate from from happening.

The other word used numerous times concerning the false impression that muscles possess, retain memory, there is no such thing as {MUSCLE MEMORY,}  your brain is your control panel that picks up information from your optic nerve and then is processed by your brain and then transmitted accurately to your body, The optic nerve is the nerve that transmits accurately visual information  from the retina to the brain and then is processed by the brain.

Great Baseball-N

Don Ervin

Comment by Don Ervin on August 13, 2011 at 2:23pm

Hey Guy's.

Take the elbow level and fingers on top of the ball advice from Kip Gross and you cannot go wrong. Great advice.

I read and hear so many comments on every thing except the most important aspect of pitching which is how the body should work in a sequenced/chain reactive movement straight down the line, closed body position, no body rotation to front foot touch down with a stride of at least matching one's body height then hips rotate, shoulders momentarily remain closed creating hip, shoulder separation then shoulders rotate immediately thereafter creating a sequenced body chain reaction executed at the proper time in the proper sequence while bringing the shoulders, arm and ball in hand [In a mouse trap forward movement] on through from their external lay back position to the arms internal forward position to ball release and nice flat back follow through  position which allows the body to take on the brunt of the physical work instead of just the arm which in the majority of cases during a pitchers throwing movement does not happen. I just viewed a young pitcher/ thrower from Webb City, Mo. during little league play,who reached out front and twisted off and jerked his elbow area during a once too many curve ball, he immediately went to his knees in excruciating elbow pain. The little league rules on number of pitches may be ok but they also need to monitor and regulate the breaking pitch number also mostly due to the fact that these youngsters certainly are not learning how to properly execute their throws through the sequenced/chain reaction I mentioned above therefore their arms do the brunt of the physical work instead of their body's.

I certainly would like to converse with that youngster and his parents.

Enough said.

Don Ervin.

Cell #. 417-830-9137


Comment by Bruce Sarte on February 22, 2011 at 9:41am
Kip has a great point for the budding submariner.... but I would take it a step further and say that the elbow must always stay above the shoulder... while it may seem counter-intuitive if you watch film of the greats like Quisenberry and Eckersley, when they are effective that elbow doesn't drop below the shoulder.  It also keeps that elbow and shoulder healthy!
Comment by Jay Mahn on December 8, 2010 at 9:20am
All of what is listed above are great tips. But to go along with all of the mechanics listed a Pitcher can still be a thrower. Location and when to adjust speed are very basic and key elements that lots of talented players never seem to take in to account. I have seen pitchers with above average speed and good mechanics and pretty good stuff get hammered and I have seen guys with great mechanics and average to below average speed make a lineup look like little leaguer's. Thus, a Lot goes into becoming an effective pitcher. I found that players with great talent who have gotten away with god given natural talent for years find it very difficult to adjust mentally to not being able to accomplish what
they once did and in a tight spot will revert because they don't have the confidence to throw the correct pitch in a given situation.. Coaching is everything here in developing talent. Watching a kid pitch,helping him reach full potential and building his confidence by giving him the knowledge to be effective is the correct and only way to teach.
Comment by Kip Gross on December 7, 2010 at 7:36pm
This might sound weird but no matter how low you go make sure your elbow stays about up about shoulder height and your hand stays on top of the ball. Although there are exceptions to the rule, this is the norm.
Comment by Steve Li on December 7, 2010 at 7:14pm
Any tips of submine pitcher
Comment by Gustavo on November 9, 2010 at 9:35am
I want to thank NPA for your advices and goodwill.
From Cuba.

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