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The way you move down the mound forecasts command

When you actively stride, push off the rubber, lead with your front hip or let gravity take you straight down the mound, you’ll forever struggle to put together back-to-back good outings???

There’s no excuse for spotty command, only reasons!

When you move straight down the mound, your lower half comes toward the plate faster than your upper body.

With your lower body moving ahead of your upper body, before you can complete your delivery, you’re forced to use your legs to bring your upper body over your lower half.

  • Where do good outings come from?
    You have a good outing when you develop a “feel” for your legs bringing your body back to vertical at the same pace on every pitch. 
  • How do bad outings happen?
    When you can’t “feel” the right tempo, your various body-alignments mean you’re going to  fight each hitter on every pitch.

Since a productive “feel” is nearly impossible to carry from one outing to the next, wouldn’t you get better results by permanently eliminating tempo as the reason for your poor outings? 

Want to expect a good outing every time you take the mound?

When you finish your front leg lift with your core already vertical, instead of moving straight down the mound, you can rotate toward the plate.

By rotating down the mound, you …

  • Finish your stride with your core already vertical,
  • Completely remove tempo as a reason for your poor outings,
  • Permanently bridge the gap between your best and worst outings, and
  • Come to expect every outing to be a good one.

As a bonus, when you complete your stride with your core already vertical, your legs actively engage with the rest of your body to let you ...

  • Live down in the zone,  
  • Induce misses and weak ground-balls, 
  • Throw all your pitches into your target, 
  • Stay away from big innings, 
  • Execute a game plan, 
  • Possess a collection of pitches. 
  • Show a clean and repeatable delivery, 
  • Go deep into your outings, 
  • Maximize your velocity, 
  • Have late ball movement, 
  • Become extremely reliable, 
  • Repeat your arm slot,
  • Maintain your velocity throughout your starts, 
  • Keep hitters from barreling up the baseball, 
  • Have an effective three-pitch mix and   
  • Show emotional maturity. 

… on every pitch all the time!!!

When you eliminate your core tilt, you can expect a good outing every time you take the mound!

Every “what” deserves a “how”.

To discover “how” to end your starting position with an upright core and then spin around this vertical axis, visit the Pro Pitching Institute.

No excuses, only reasons.

There’s no excuse for your worst outings not being as good as your best. Your first step to removing this gap is to pick up your cell phone, call “Skip” at 856-281-2596 and schedule your FREE 20-minute, Pro Pitching Institute Fast-Track Pitching Session.

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Skip Fast
Expert Pitching Coach
Professional Pitching Institute
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Comment by HENRY WALTHAM on October 24, 2018 at 8:43pm


Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 24, 2018 at 10:05pm


Understood and noted.

Clements collective performance warranted Hall of Fame consideration. Hall of Fame Pitchers, especially those putting together back-to-back exceptional years, all use their legs. This indicates they know what movements allow them to come into their foot plant with a vertical core.

Do you know that when Clements dropped down he did so intentionally or because he's human, failed on the delivery in question to keep his core vertical and, due to his body position at foot plant on the pitch in question, you see him drop down?

Needing to drop down to produce late ball movement is a symptom of a core tilt.

Late ball movement comes from the Pitcher's legs channeling their lower body energy into their throwing arm and out their throwing hand. When a Pitcher comes into their foot plant with a core tilt, instead of using their legs to generate later ball movement and enhanced velocity, they use their legs to right their body and, consequently, struggle with their ball movement???

Excellent observations and I hope my response clarifies why you see what you do.

Skip Fast

Pro Pitching Institute



Comment by Michael Richards on October 24, 2018 at 10:30pm
Comment by L.A. "Skip" Fast on October 25, 2018 at 10:08am


It’s human nature to readily accept information consistent with your beliefs and ignore, or reject, information that casts doubt on what you’d like to be true.

From experience, every time someone doesn’t take the time to process solid information that’s contradictory to their beliefs, their responses become emotional and very similar to your “SPAM” response.

Your “SPAM” response tells me there’s truth to what I presented.

Thanks for the positive feedback.

Skip Fast

Pro Pitching Institute



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