Your mind wants to keep your body in balance.
For example, anytime your mind senses you’re falling, to keep you from hurting yourself, your mind instantaneously takes control of your every movement.
Being in balance.
“Being in balance” is ending your front leg lift with your weight centered between your knees.
- At the top of your front leg lift, you can freely move your arms and legs.
- To move down the mound, you first movement out of your front leg lift is opening your front shoulder.
- To keep you from falling on your nose, you have no choice but to stride.
- Because your stride interrupts your lower body rotation, you force your mind to overreact in a very productive way.
- When you end your stride and stop your lower body rotation, not only do you completely change your body’s dynamics, but your mind receives another alert.
- To keep from hurting yourself and to get your body back in balance, your mind forces you to make a throwing action, and, since your throwing action is an involuntary reflex, you know your body will deliver every pitch directly into your Catcher’s target.
As a spontaneous reaction, you challenge every opponent to make solid contact with any pitch you throw.
“Feeling balanced” is ending your front leg lift with no space between your knees. To “feel balanced”, you end your front leg lift with your weight over your back foot.
- To move down the mound, you’re forced to tilt your body toward your target.
- The instant your mind senses this forward tilt, your mind instinctively uses your throwing arm to slow your movement down the mound.
- As soon as your front foot gets back on the ground and your mind senses you’re no longer in danger, you can use your throwing arm to complete your delivery.
When you let this happen…
- Your throwing action becomes a secondary, yet somewhat restricted, action.
- Your throwing arm path is influenced by your body position at the end of your stride.
- The conflict between the throwing arm path you want and the throwing arm path your body needs means you can't expect your ball to always end up where you want.
As an unfortunate consequence, when you challenge your body’s natural throwing arm path, you create the small ligament tears and fraying that lead to throwing arm distress.
What’s holding back your elite command?
The only thing holding you back from elite command is knowing how to end your front leg lift with your weight centered within your knees.
Teaching you how to end your front leg lift with some distance between your knees takes less than 10 minutes. If you need help with this, please contact us.
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