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Pitch command comes from opening your front shoulder.

How your body works.

  • Your hips and shoulders want to stay over one another.
  • With both feet on the ground, you’re able to twist your hips and your shoulders will follow.
  • When perched on one leg, without resistance the ground, it’s physically impossible to rotate just your hips.

The flawless command you want.

The ability to start your delivery by opening your front shoulder begins with you ending your front leg lift with your weight centered just in front of your back foot.

Your lower body is driven to follow your upper body rotation. Your lower body reacting to your upper body creates the imbalance that sends your body rotating down the mound.

As a natural reaction to rotating down the mound, you lose control of your stride and foot plant. Your front foot hitting the ground generates a spontaneous chain reaction that produces flawless command.

Your chain reaction looks like this.

  1. Your front hip finishes your stride to the home plate side of your back-shoulder.
  2. As a natural reaction, your back-shoulder needs to catch up with your front hip.
  3. Consequently, your back-shoulder pulls your throwing hand through a consistently tiny release window.
  4. No matter your grip or release, your ball goes where you want, with the movement you expect and your opponent clearly seeing a fastball arm speed.

Your textbook command begins with you opening your front shoulder.

The spotty command you have.

By ending your front leg lift with your weight over your back foot, to move into your motion, you must shift your weight toward your target and, as a result, move straight down the mound.

When you let this happen, your hips lead your upper body your shoulders, and, at foot plant, you use your legs to get your core back to vertical.  When you move straight down the mound, your shoulders and hips stay over one another, and you end your stride with your front shoulder closed to your target.

By using your legs to right your body, you must use your upper body to complete your motion.

Therefore, when you start your motion with your weight over your back foot, by opening your front shoulder to your target, you turn your results into a competitive nightmare.

Every “what” deserves a “how”.

To discover a starting position that lets your front shoulder opening produce the high-level command you need to succeed, visit the Pro Pitching Institute.

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Comment by Kip Gross on November 2, 2018 at 12:28pm
I’m not sure im reading this post correctly but where I’ve learned the delivery the lower half especially the front hip is the key to not only command but velocity. The upper half is led by the lower half
Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 2, 2018 at 1:31pm


Let me clarify the 2 ways the human body works:

1. The front hip is the key to command and velocity when it rotates. By ending their front leg lift with their weight centered in front of their back foot, a Pitcher starts their motion with a vertical core which puts themselves in a position to use their front shoulder to initiate their lower body rotation. Once the Pitcher opens their front shoulder, their motion into an uncontrollable chain reaction that ends with their throwing hand coming through a consistently tiny release window where the torque created by their lower body maximizes their velocity.

2. On the other hand, the front hip becomes a liability when the Pitcher ends their front leg lift with all their weight over their back foot. To move into their delivery, the Pitcher must shift their weight toward their target. Their weight shift causes their lower body to move ahead of their upper body. Once their legs to get their upper body over their lower body, as a secondary action, they complete their delivery. With the throwing arm working by itself, the Pitcher can't know with any certainty where their next pitch will end.

I hope this brings some some things into focus,

It might also make sense to combine this week's blog with last week's.

Thanks for reaching out.

Skip Fast


Pro Pitching Institute

Comment by Kip Gross on November 2, 2018 at 4:00pm
I’ve learned the pitching motion from many great pitchers including Claude Osteen, OREL Hershiser, Sandy Koufax as wellas others you might be familiar with. All have said that the lower half always guides the upper half with the hips rotating before the upper half does. A great example would be to look at a Nolan Ryan pic when his front foot gets down. His hips always rotated first which then got the shoulders in motion. Velocity + Command
Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on November 2, 2018 at 4:33pm


Before I answer and so we're on the same page, your body wants to keep your hips (lower body) and shoulders (upper body) aligned.

With this in mind and as long as you end your front leg lift with your weight centered in front of your back foot, there's a down-and-up relationship between the upper and lower body:

Down = your shoulders move your hips.
Opening your shoulders starts your movement down the mound. Your body senses your upper body rotation and, in an effort to get your hips in line with your shoulders, prompts your hips to rotate.

The Connection.
To keep you from hurting yourself, your body asks your front foot to get back on the ground (a reactive stride).

Up = Your shoulders move your hips.
Completing your stride stops your lower body from rotating and places your back hip to the home plate side of your back shoulder. To get your back shoulder over your back hip, you're forced to make a throwing (re)action.(lower half always guides the upper half with the hips rotating before the upper half does).

Wait it gets better ... Your upper body reacting to your lower body brings your throwing hand through a consistently tiny release window which produces your command. The torque generated at foot plant maximizes your throwing arm speed (velocity) and, no matter the pitch called, your opponent sees a fastball throwing arm speed.

That said ... how your body works is in fact consistent with your concerns.

Excellent observation and, hopefully, will give others a better understanding of how a Pitcher's body reacts to itself during a pitching motion.

Skip Fast


Pro Pitching Institute



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