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The Science behind your motion

Your Base of Support. When standing on two feet, your base of support is the area between your two feet. However, with one foot on the ground, your base of support transfers from your feet to your knees. 

Your Base of Support and Gravity.

When gravity pushes down within your base of support, your position is stable. When this line of gravity falls outside your base of support, your position is unstable.

Your inner ear.

Anytime your line of gravity falls outside your base of support, your inner ear repositions your arms until you line of gravity moves within your base of support.

Applying Science to Your Pitching

Front leg lift and command.

Sustainable pitching results comes from the stable base you create at the top of your front leg lift keeping your lower body activity free to delivery every pitch into your Catcher’s target.

Recognizing instability.

You finish your front leg lift with your front knee behind your back knee and your inner ear uses your arms for balance and, instead of your lower body producing your results, you hope your eye-to-hand coordination gets the ball near your target.

The solution.

We would spend time adjusting to your current foot placements and back leg orientation to make sure you end your front leg lift in a stable position.

Skip Fast,
Director – National Coaching Network

Professional Pitching Institute

Web: www.propitchinginstitute.com 
E-mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

 

Copyright © 2017, The Pro Pitching Institute.

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Comment by Grant Clifford on November 5, 2017 at 9:39pm

Who would you say is a good MLB pitcher for a young player to emulate?

Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 6, 2017 at 7:57am

Grant,

Great question, but, based upon the way the human body works, the answer isn't quite as simple as you'd think.

I recommend emulating the footwork for any MLB Pitcher who, at the top of their front leg lift, keeps their shoulders over their target line (the imaginary line from their back foot to their target).

Pitchers who end their front leg lift with their shoulder over their target line use their lower body to drive their throwing hand through a consistently tiny release window. Pitchers who end their front leg lift with their back shoulder behind their target line disconnect their lower body from their upper body and use eye-to-hand coordination to find their target.

The MLB Pitcher who ends their front leg lift with their shoulders over their target line will begin their throwing action by opening their front shoulder to their target. 

The way the body works, after a Pitcher comes out of their front leg lift, everything you see is the Pitcher's body reacting to their body position at the top of their front leg lift. Therefore, attempting to copy any actions you see in any MLB motion after a Pitcher comes out of their front leg lift might not be natural to the Pitcher and, in the end, becomes counterproductive.

Within a half-hour, without changing a Pitcher's throwing action and for $10, I can help a Pitcher optimize their footwork, shrink their target area and show next-level performances at their current level.

Skip Fast
Director - National Coaching Network

Comment by Bill Stanton on November 14, 2017 at 11:07am

Skip & others-  Here is a video of my 11 year old son from the other day.  Any feedback is appreciated.

Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 14, 2017 at 4:03pm

Bill,

Great video.

I ask you to watch the video again, but this time have a laser focus on your Son's front knee position at the top of this front leg lift. 

As the video moves along, without realizing he's doing it and because his body is driven to stabilize itself, his front knee creeps from behind his back foot (in the first motion) to even with this front hip (in the last motion).  When he ends with this front knee even with his front hip, his position allows him to use his lower body to proiduce better results than when this video started.

If Chase were my student, I'd teach him the footwork associated with always ending his front leg lift with his front knee in front of his front hip.

Thanks for asking.

Skip Fast
Director - National Coaching Network

www.propitchinginstitute.com

856-524-3248

skip@propitchinginstitute.com

Comment by Bill Stanton on Friday

Thanks Skip!

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