THE ABSOLUTES OF PITCHING MECHANICS
Pitching mechanics are often confused and mistaught. In some cases they are over taught. Baseball pitching flaws exist in all young pitchers. Consistent work with the steady eye of a good teacher can correct flaws and minimize the risk of injury.
Pitchers may also use video/photos to help visualize their pitching mechanics.
Good pitchers at all levels posess the following characteristics:
- GOOD CONTROL
- SMOOTH AND EFFORTLESS THROWING MOTION
- MAXIMUM ARM SPEED
These three characteristics of good pitchers exist due to their good pitching mechanics. I refer to these good pitching mechanics as
Good pitchers have the following ABSOLUTES in common.
BALANCED LEG KICK
- Pitchers get to the balance position from both the wind up and stretch. In the stretch, the leg kick is not as high.
- From the wind up, the pitcher will swing the glove side leg around and pick the knee up to a maximum position.
- The hands come to a rest chest high.
- It's important for the kick leg to be loose and not stiff
- When in the balanced position, the weight is on the inside of the back leg, directly over the big toe of the foot on the pitching plate.
- The pitcher must get into this position before he begins to break his hands. The hands will begin to break before going forward.
BREAK THE HANDS CORRECTLY
- After reaching a strong balance position, the pitcher is ready to break his hands.
- Begin breaking the hands BEFORE going forward.
- This transition should be smooth and effortless.
- The hand comes out of the glove smoothly going down towards the ground. (see photos above)
- DO NOT lead with the elbow when breaking the hands. This causes internal rotation to the shoulder that can place a strain on the shoulder and disrupt the smooth timing of the throwing motion.
- The BALL SIDE ARM continues going down, back, and up in a small circle.
- DO NOT reach back towards 2B.
- DO NOT make an upside down L with your pitching arm (leading with the elbow)
- Land flat footed, heel and toe at the same time.
- Glide to the catcher.
- Land slightly closed.
- When the front foot lands, the pitching arm is up and ready to come forward. (see photos above)
- Accelerate the arm thru the finish. This will take additional stress off the throwing shoulder/elbow.
- The head is over the front foot.
- The back leg follows. Throwing arm is down and thru, back leg does the opposite. (see photos above)
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