<p>Guys and gals,</p> <p>Here is a good example of Nick, one of our students from New Orleans, a 13 year old RH pitcher with excellent arm action. Notice I end up comparing him to Nolan Ryan.</p> <p>This is what Matt Harvey will need to do in order to shorten his throwing arm so he does not go to full extension and be so extended at touchdown.</p> <p>Watch Nicks and Nolan Ryan’s arm path. Both excellent. </p> <p>What I always liked about Nolan Ryan’s arm action was the way he preset his elbow position and then just lifts his arm then lifts it up to shoulder height.</p> <p>This is a great way to teach youngsters who may wrap their arm behind their trunk and be too long. But keep in mind that wrapping the arm is usually about how the pitcher takes the ball out of the glove by not keeping his fingers on top of the ball during the arm swing.</p> <p>All we had to do with this pitchers was work on his lower body weight shift and timing so that his arm did not get up above shoulder height. </p> <p>Let me know if you have any questions.</p> <p>Coach Mills</p> <p>[video]https://vimeo.com/74316993[/video]</p>
<p>Dear Coach Mills,</p> <p>In the video you mentioned that Nick..s high elbow (above shoulder) was a timing issue. Would you please explain how/why this happens and how to fix it.</p> <p>Thank you.</p> <p>Peter</p>
Nick is simply getting his arm up too early by breaking his hands too high and not shifting his weight before hand break. This his timing is off. This gives his arm more time to continue to move up.
What he has to do is work on his weight shift before hand break by getting his front hip leading in order to gain momentum sooner and move down the mound faster while getting his arm involved later…breaking his hands at his belt.
If the body is moving faster then his front leg will land sooner and his arm must be ready to throw.
Here is Nick at hand break compared to Greinke. Notice that Nick’s head is still over his back leg showing he has not really moved his head or his trunk prior to hand break. Also notice that his front leg is already down to the mound.
Then look at Greinke. Greinke has moves his head and trunk away from the rubber while his lead leg is still up and back…not down to the mound surface yet.
This is what you should be shooting for eventually. Getting the body to start to move leading with the hip as the hands are coming down before hand break. This creates early forward momentum.
So here’s Nick at hand break:
And here’s Greinke:
<p>Coach Mills,</p> <p>Yes, thank you for explaining this.</p> <p>Peter</p>
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