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Pitching – Is your weight centered between your knees?

How does your body define balance?

Let’s say I ask you to jump on a balance beam and, as quickly as you can, touch your nose.

- At first, you can’t control your arms.
- You take a couple of deep breaths to let your mind settle your body over the beam.
- Once your mind senses you no longer need your arms for balance, you touch your nose.

I know I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already realize, but, by digging into this “settling” process, you’ll walk away with a better understanding why you struggle with your command.

Your “settling” process creates a sense of “stability”.

Your “settling” process.

- Without thinking about it, your mind automatically centers your weight between your knees.
- At the point where your mind senses your body is in balance, your knees are going to form a “diamond-like” shape.

“Stability”

- “Stability” is seen when you center your weight between your knees (your “diamond”).
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“Stability” allows you to decide how you’re going to move your body.
- You feel “stable” when you no longer need your arms to keep your balance.

Let’s prepare your body for your front foot lift.

- In the last blog, we recommended starting your stretch with your feet one baseball width apart.
- From this position, you bring your shoulders down to your heels.
- When done properly and as a reaction to your shoulders coming down to your heels, you see your legs/knees form a “diamond”.

Your “diamond” puts you in  a position to complete your front leg lift with your weight centered between your knees.

- By placing your weight between your knees, you lessen the chance you’ll need your throwing arm for balance and
- As a result, you increase the possibility each pitch will end up closer to your intended target.

If you want to know what’s stopping you from “balancing” and “stabilizing” your motion, contact us.

Skip Fast

Expert Pitching Coach
Professional Pitching Institute

WWW: http://www.propitchinginstitute.com 

E-Mail: skip@propitchinginstitute.com
Cell or Text: 856-524-3248

 

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