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This is your body’s reality.

Because your body is driven to keep itself in balance, your initial foot placements determine your stride. When you come into your starting position with ...

  • A front-to-back movement and a tilted core, your stride moves you down the mound.
  • A front leg lift that promotes an upright core, your stride becomes a response to an upper body spinning action.

You really don’t want to stride.

When you put your body in a position where your stride shifts your weight from back-to-front, you can only hopeeach pitch ends up in your target and here’s why?

  • With your starting position giving you no alternative but to shift your weight from back-to-front, to maintain your balance, you're forced to use your throwing arm to offset this forward weight shift.
  • You continue using your throwing arm to keep your balance until your body gets back in balance.
  • While you’re using your throwing arm for balance, you lose complete control over your throwing arm path.
  • Besides having no control over your throwing arm path, you also lose the ability to deliver more than 2 pitches in a row into your target.

The longer you fail to control your throwing arm path, the more you’ll miss your target over the plate. The more softballs you serve up, the more reasons you give baseball people to decide your competitive pitching career should be over.

You really need to make your stride happen.

When you end your starting position with an upright core, you expect each pitch to travel directly into your target and here’s why?

  • Your vertical core gives your body an axis around which to rotate.
  • When you come out of your starting position with an upper body rotation, to protect you from falling on your nose, your instinctive urge for self-preservation places your front foot back on the ground.
  • With your stride interrupting your body’s twisting action, the only way to restore your balance becomes using your throwing arm to make a throwing action.
  • Because of this spontaneous reaction, your throwing hand continually comes through the same productive release window and, consequently, delivers every pitch directly into your Catcher’s target.

By making sure you end your starting position with your core in an upright position, you use your reactionary stride to challenge every opponent with pinpoint command, deceptive throwing arm speed and late ball movement.

If you want to know what it takes to end your starting position with your core in an upright position, contact us.

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