Coach, Since I was last on here my velocity has increased and my arm pain has gone down dramatically. But there is still one problem. When I am doing the slidestep my dad has been telling me to fall at the hip. However we had talked to you awhile back on your wednesday night call in and I remembered you saying that we should do the Rodney thing which is different from what my dad is saying. Now let me clarify, when my dad says falling at the hip he means picking my leg up a tiny bit and then leading with the hip and falling. But what I’ve been doing and what Derrik Turbow and Rodney seem to be doing is keeping their weight on their back leg as they move forward. Allow me to quote you on something you said in your post ”Want to get more velocity from the stretch?”:”Then he shifts his head and back shoulder over his back leg while lifting his hands to chest high. Then next… as his hands start down he bends at his hip, stabilizes his back leg and drives as fast as possible sideways into landing”. Another thing you said in ”Why you should consider a slidestep like Fernando Rodney” about Derrik Turbow: ”Notice how close his feet are so he has all his weight over his back leg and has created maximum distance away from the plate to build maximum momentum”.In case you aren’t understanding what I’m saying I’ve provided these videos as examples of what I mean. The video of me in the green shirt is what dad has been telling me to do lately for falling at the hip and the red shirt is what I think you have been saying to do with the slidestep. You only need to notice the leg action since they are both a few months old and some things on the upper body etc have been changed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePN2zJ75hhU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ceiDgajls
This is Noah by the way
One appears to be on flat ground and the other from a mound. Totally different.
In your green shirt you keep your trunk more upright while in the red shirt you are leaning forward toward 3rd base.
It appears that in the green shirt you are bracing your front leg sooner.
But again, to make any accurate comparison you I would need you pitching from the same surface and to also see a back and front view.
It comes to what produces the best results. What are you more comfortable with? Both look pretty darn good.
I think you have some very good potential to improve your delivery and your velocity.
But we do not have enough information here to make an accurate determination.
It is much easier to assess video when the shot is closer such as in the green. The red is much too far away.
I don’t like to use the word “falling” as we cannot improve momentum by falling. When talking about moving the front hip I would rather talk about it in terms of “leaning” which occurs for a split second and then at hand-break you create leg drive to get the back leg fully extended.
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