I would highly suggest you all become front leg/front foot hawks. If the front leg/foot is not positioned properly or is moving then forces you have tried to build from lunging away from the rubber are reduced plus control is lessened and more stress to the arm.
When I am first observing a student throwing during his warm-ups that is something I am always watching for. I want to see a firm landing as flat as possible, knee over the foot with the foot not blocked off or angled away from either batter’s box.
Fix the “blocked off” front foot position where the foot is angled toward a 45 degree mark or even less. We see this with Little League pitchers as well as high school and college.
We had a college pitcher here yesterday. A MLB pitching coach told him at a clinic to block his front foot position so it was angled at 45 degrees.
You want a firm/stable landing within 1-2 inches open of the midline…but never closed off across the line.
Also do not let pitchers stagger their front foot out of the stretch so their lead foot is closer to 3rd (RH) or 1st (LH). This will force them to compensate and have to swing their leg. They stagger their front foot because coaches have taught them that this will help “keep them closed” which it cannot possibly do since moving sideways or staying closed is the back leg’s role…not the front leg.
Much of the lower body problems we see are related to poor posture. We had a 6’4″ 205 lb. RH’r 85-86 mph soon to be college freshman here yesterday. His main problem was poor posture. During hand-break he was letting his back leg collapse and was sandwiching (leaning) his trunk toward 3rd base.
That fix, or getting his trunk upright and taller on his back leg so he does not collapse after hand-break, plus fixing his closed off landing position should get him up to 90 mph pretty quickly.
Poor posture is a huge inefficieny in any skilled movement.
Fix posture first under all circumstances. That can change many lower body problems as well as some arm action problems. The arm does not work will when the pitcher is hunched over.
In the case of the 13 year old in this post’s video, an understanding of the role of the front leg by the instructor should have put this fault at the top of his list.
How many kids this off-season will pay for instruction that is teaching them to get worse…not better?
For a RH pitcher, his front foot should be angled slightly (toward the RH batter box), correct? Should the heel land first, toes first, flat footed?
One page 4 of the Coaching Guide To Recognizing Mechanical Faults, it mentions that you should heel first or flat footed, but not toe first.
From watching some of the video analysis on the DVDs, it appears that you want the front foot to land pointing at the plate. Is this correct?
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