I was wondering if your toes or heal is supposed to be facing home during the stride. Also, should there be a slight bend in the back knee right as the leg comes down during the leg kick?
<p>Coach Mills – just watching the video where you highlight a pronounced back step to generate momentum and drive toward home plate. I was wondering though how that jibes with pitchers like Roger Clemens who essentially had no rock step at all (just a small side step), or how pitchers can throw so well (with the same velocity) from the stretch position? I had always been taught (as a HS and college pitcher) that you want as little side/lateral or backward movement before going to the balance position so that you can minimize the equal and opposite reaction effect, and also reduce the chance that you will be out of balance when starting toward home plate. Many thanks. Chris Hildenbrand</p>
If you go back prior to the 80’s you will find most pitchers did a step back because it made sense to them. Why on earth they started teaching a step to the side is beyond my comprehension.
The question is why would you step to the side and why would you want to limit the amount of distance you can move the body and create more momentum by taking a big step back.
In this pitcher’s case in this video, his step back is over 30 inches. Does he look out of balance to you? No. Thus, much of what you hear and read in baseball circles is all based on belief…but no evidence or science.
Ask most pitching coaches or instructors about how to build more momentum and get ready for a blank stare. It is beyond what they believe.
I just watched a video of one of our 12 year old clients who uses a step back and throws 75 mph. Out of the stretch he is about 72. The step back gives him 3 mph more momentum and more distance to apply force.
One of our other clients is a 6’1″ 145 left soon to be a HS junior who is now hitting 88 mph using a big step back and no leg lift.
More momentum means more velocity and a different look for hitters.
Hope that helps.
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