hey just my thought. With my son we never study the back foot. he knows to have the whole foot against the rubber and to push down and back to second base with the WHOLE foot and everything else just came natural.
Right, I understand trying to be in the correct position, moving sideways as long as posible, and as explosively as possible… but in terms of teaching this to someone young, is it more beneficial or correct to explode with the back foot to that upright position after the lead foot has landed? Just for my clarification…
The front foot turning into landing and the back foot action are tied together. This lets the front hip open while keeping the back hip, shoulder and arm back.
It is all about timing. You use back leg drive to extend the back leg. Once back leg drive is completed the front hip opens (front foot makes half turn into landing)and the pitcher gets up on the ball of his foot which positions the spike laces down and the heel up. The foot then peels away from the rubber right toward the plate after landing.
To open the front hip while keeping the back hip, shoulder and arm back requires that the pitcher uses his back foot properly.
Most pitchers don’t get this sequence down because of poor weight shift and the trunk being too far forward at landing…which reduces dramatically the ability of the back leg and foot to do its job.
Watch pitchers (RH) who let the back foot heel roll over toward 3rd base instead of pulling directly forward going into ball release. This is because of poor weight shift and getting the trunk too far forward which extends and pulls the back leg forward too early.
First of all not everyone looks the same since there are different body types. It comes down to correct timing and whether you can maximize leg drive and use the back leg and foot to maintain posture, move sideways as long as possible, create power, stability and positioning.
Jose, You need to post video from three angles. Coach Mills
Hi, Here are two videos, I will be appreciate all your commentaries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qXXj0Ynktc&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5PDp2knSw
Jose, Both are from the glove side. Need a back and front shot as well. Coach Mills
Hi Coach, I hope those videos work on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPSj9hYcH2Y&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sX-SH9lOSU&feature=youtu.be
Jose, I know Dick will be along soon to elaborate on your son, but thought I’d comment real quick. From the back angle, you can see that he is collapsing his back leg (knee drifting out past the back toe). This is caused by him not having weight shift prior to hand break. From the side view, see how his head doesn’t move at all before hand break? Then all his energy goes down into the ground instead of the target. Second, from the front view, he’s landing to the 3rd base side of the mid-line. He should be landing on a line drawn from the middle of the posting foot by the rubber down the mound. His posture at landing is preventing his hips from opeing up to assist trunk rotation. Best of luck. He’s a good looking young man.
Thank Randy for your comment.
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