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How your stride can control more hitters more often.

How your body works?

To make sure we’re on the same page, these are your body’s physiological realities.

  1. Your body uses your throwing arm to offset your stride.
  2. Your body keeps your weight centered between your knees.
  3. “You” make an action and “your body” reacts to the action. Before “you” can make your next action, “your body” must finish reacting to the action "you" made.

Unsustainable stride results.

Your motion: When you begin your motion with your weight over your back foot, to move toward your target, you’re forced to stride. Once you actively stride, your body uses your throwing arm to offset the forward weight shift your stride creates. When this happens, you lose complete control of your throwing arm path. Once your body senses your weight is back to center, your body lets you complete your delivery.

Your command: When you begin your motion with your weight over your back foot, your command comes out of your stride tempo. The same stride tempo on each pitch produces the same throwing arm path. The same throwing arm path places your ball in relatively the same spot on every pitch.

We use the word relatively because your stride tempo is based upon a “feeling” that changes from outing to outing and even from pitch to pitch. Your command depends upon a less-than-repeatable “feeling”?

Sustainably excellent stride results.

Your motion: When your front leg lift centers your weight just in front of your back foot, instead of moving down the mound, you can rotate down the mound. By rotating down the mound, your body uses your stride to keep you from hurting yourself and, at the same time, creates the torque that’ll drive your throwing arm path.

Your command: Your command comes from your body using your throwing arm to release the energy you generate as you complete your stride. Your body’s predictable movement patterns insure your throwing hand moves through the same tiny release window on every pitch.

The sustainable release window your stride creates lets you become one of the rare Pitchers able to execute your Team’s pitching plan and one of the few Pitchers your Team counts on to keep them close enough to win.

Every “what” deserves a “how”.

To discover “how” to turn your stride into a reaction, produce sustainably excellent command, maximize your throwing arm speed and make you a critical part of your Team’s future, visit the Pro Pitching Institute.

There are no excuses, only reasons.

When you apply the simply executed skills the Pro Pitching Institute presents and still feel your stride is hurting your results, contact “Skip” to schedule a FREE 20-minute, Face-Time pitching consultation.

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Skip Fast

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Professional Pitching Institute


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Comment by Spencer Trayner on October 16, 2018 at 3:14pm

Skip: Love your posts!

I want to add that I think the throwing arm is not the only asset to your body that off sets your stride however. Instead I think it is the entire upper body. Glove hand is up in the air while also the entire upper body is leaning back slightly towards drive leg (some pitchers more so than others). This slight lean is how a thrower (not just pitcher) generates power. Power is generated not only by their lower body drive but upper body tilt. Instead of saying

"Your body uses your throwing arm to offset your stride." L.A Fast

Although 100% true wouldn't a more accurate statement be:

"Your body uses the tilt of your upper body to offset your stride?"

I think that this is important because when players master their drive with the lower half there is still another mph or 2 to be gained by the use of upper body tilt. This "offset" that we are discussing is not practiced much by pitchers because it naturally happens to a certain extent but a lot of pitchers are able to maximize this offset to not only achieve greater velocities but also to work on the never practiced art of deception or hiding the baseball. If a hitter is picking the baseball up later, then the pitcher gains even more of an edge. More upper body "tilt" is a dicey thing to practice for an older more established pitcher because of the fact that it directly correlates with their release point, but the reward of more power and deception is well worth it.  

Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 16, 2018 at 4:07pm


Great feedback and thanks for the positive feedback!

The picture used shows an upper body tilt and not the vertical axis Pitchers who engage their lower body typically display.

You see the Pitcher's upper body tilt to offset their stride. From this position, as the Pitcher completes their stride, you're going to see the Pitcher's upper body move to vertical.

It's not what you see, but why you see it. 

Like everything within a pitching motion, there's a cause and effect at work.

Pitchers actually uses their legs (cause) to bring their upper body back to vertical (effect). (See Pitching - It's time to get your body working for you!)

By using their legs to offset their core tilt (cause), they lose their lower body (effect), By disconnecting their upper and lower bodies (cause), they throw with their throwing arm (effect) and, without a consistent stride tempo, can't know with any certainty where their pitch will end.

When I teach Pitchers how to make their stride a reaction (cause), without even talking about velocity, the torque from their lower body instantly increase their fastball velocity while improving their command, throwing arm deception and ball movement (all effects).

Great conversation and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks again.

Skip Fast

Pro Pitching Institute

Comment by HENRY WALTHAM on October 16, 2018 at 9:16pm


Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 17, 2018 at 7:19am


Good stuff.

I got it. You see them taking long strides, but, while striding, do they move straight down the mound or rotate down the mound?

A Coach who teaches their Pitchers how to rotate down the mound, no matter the stride length, will see more Pitchers pitching at higher levels than a Coach who merely asks their Students to move straight toward their target.

Great observation and excellent question.

Thanks for reaching out.

Skip Fast

Pro Pitching Institute


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