One of the most difficult parts of the pitching sequence for my 11 year old to pick up is pushing off the rubber to really generate force and hip drive to the plate. A friend of mine recently directed me to a new product designed to help a pitcher train to develop leg drive. It is called the King of the Hill trainer. The product website uses language which appears to me to be consistent with Coach Mills’ teaching and philosophy about leg/hip drive. The product is rather expensive ($250.00), so before I buy one I am hopeful Coach Mills will take a look at it (if he has not already) and share his thoughts about whether it looks useful. See the link below: http://www.trainwiththeking.com/ Coach Mills (and anyone else reading this), please share your thoughts. Thank you. Randy Street, Monroe, Louisiana
Randy, This is just another gimick device. Yes, leg drive is important but how you develop it is even more important. If you look at the pitcher in the videos on their website, he has early hip rotation, a fatal flaw and velocity killer. This device doesn’t address, or I didn’t read it, the importance of keeping the heel on the ground during the push; or keeping the knee over the foot while pushing; or conditioning and strengthening movements of the pitcher so he learns how to properly use his back leg. Dick gives you all the info. you need to help your son learn and we’re all here to help. Dick will be along shortly to give you his assessment, but I wouldn’t waste my money and I sure wouldn’t put my kid on that thing. Best of luck.
Randy, How will this transfer to developing leg drive when the mound is stationary. Thus you get a completely different feel…and feel is the key. That is who the brain creates the sensing of the feel of leg drive by just doing it. Have you seen any swimmers using this type of device to push off the end of the pool? What about sprinters? Do they use this type of device. It is just another expensive boat anchor. Coach Mills
Well, I am glad I took the time to post about this. Thank you for taking the time to take a look at the device and share your thoughts. I already have a storage room full of “expensive boat anchors” and do not need another one! Thanks again.
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