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The Lower Half: Increasing Velocity & Decreasing Arm Stress


The Lower Half: Increasing Velocity & Decreasing Arm Stress

Discuss the actions of the high velocity pitcher according to the lower half

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How Can You Add Velocity Using the Legs

Started by Rich Dunno. Last reply by Rich Dunno Aug 31, 2015. 14 Replies

How do you think that you can add velocity?Continue

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Comment by Kip Gross on August 25, 2015 at 4:42pm
For 16 years I faked stretching every chance I could. It tired me out and made me feel weak. Only issues I ever had during those 16 years was I did something to my elbow but that came after the trainer wanted me to let him stretch my arm prior to the game. That game It felt like something gave and had to go on the DL for several weeks and the doctors never figured out the problem. That was my first full professional season. Other than that muscle wise, just normal soreness in my butt and lower back. Arm never got sore again. What I don't understand is why pitchers use bands before they pitch. For me it seems as if you're breaking down muscle and giving yourself a chance to possibly break down during the actual pitching.

As far as this discussion, it's all about the lower half when pitching or throwing. Biggest problem is just a lack of KNOWING as coaches. If a kid throws hard and decent strikes , I don't think the coaches of the pitchers want to mess with them regardless of knowledge.

I recently had a high school kid with a very good arm. I believe Div 1 if he could get his mechanics in order. I tried to work with him and he did give me the opportunity but only 2 very small sessions and both were before a game. After the second game he let me know that he wanted to go about it on his own. I asked him if there was a problem. He said that every fastball that he threw was 4 miles per hour less than what he normally throws. I asked him how he knows this. He told me that his dad clocks and records every pitch he throws.

#1, dad has issues
#2, I told him before we ever started that he's most likely going to go backwards before forward
#3, my biggest concern is keeping pitchers healthy and not how hard they can throw
#4, every pitcher I've ever worked with through their senior season or beyond has gone on to play college baseball or professional.

I constantly tell every pitcher that I work with that pitching correctly isn't easy. It takes a lot of work and patience because of learning how to pitch with the lower half. This is why I have a lot of pitchers that don't stay with me through high school. It's WORK!!!

Hips hips and stay connected throughout the pitching motion.
Comment by Kenneth Shepherd on August 25, 2015 at 4:13pm

There is some evidence out there now that says not to stretch,  just get good and warm and loose,  Don't stretch,  not saying I agree but there is some science behind it,  I am somewhere in the middle,  Stretch larger body parts but not the smaller ones,  Stretching the arm, trio's bi's rotator can put the arm at risk,  stretching the T back and hip joints can help with mobility

Comment by Rich Dunno on August 25, 2015 at 2:09pm

This is the least talked about phase of pitching.......There was always one thing missing!

Comment by Rich Dunno on August 25, 2015 at 9:29am

Lets start with the Landing......Look at the patterns that the high velocity guys create. All look similar at Landing and each land in a "Negative Angle" where shin angle according to the slope of the mound.


Comment by Kenneth Shepherd on August 24, 2015 at 11:35pm
legs are super important for adding vela, push thru the ground like you are trying to push a hole in it, that will add to leg drive

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