Thanks for having me and this is my first post. My son is 11 years old and is a left handed pitcher. He’s got potential, so, i thought I would learn as much as I can about pitching mechanics. I was a pitcher and hurt my arm in college, so, i want to do all i can to help him avoid the same end result.
I ordered one of the video series yesterday, the new warm-up technique dvd, and book. They’ll be here soon. I also joined this community and am browsing quite a bit.
I realize this is premature for my son now, but while browsing youtube, i saw a mechanics clip of Tim Lincecum. I am curious about how everyone feels about his mechanics. He certainly appears explosive to me.
Anyway, i’m excited to be a new member and looking forward to the learning process.
You are not watching his back leg extension. His delivery is pure leg drive at its best.
You get very little from falling. You start to shift your weight and then pick up the tempo with leg drive.
Mr. Mills, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting you. I was a pitcher and, in my mind, i can still feel myself driving to the plate. I know he does it, I just don’t see much drive from this angle in this video. It’s probably the angle.
I looked again and I saw it towards the end. I’m sure it’s powerful, it’s just not as exaggerated as perhaps i thought. I am re-familarizing myself with all this, thanks for your patience and taking the time to correct me. I’m quickly relearning, everything matters, EVERYTHING.
It’s difficult to notice any emphasis when a pitching delivery is smooth which means the timing is almost perfect.
Watch how much the back leg goes from a bent to an extended position. What created that extension? You can’t get it by simply falling. You must focus on getting it extended. The faster you do that the faster you will throw as long as the other aspects of the delivery are timed up properly.
So what every pitcher should strive for is smoothness and moving fast and explosively.
Welcome! You picked the perfect time to get involved with pitching – early on.
As for Lincecum what you may want to observe, which you can use to help your son, is besides explosive, he has excellent back leg action, is a good example of “weight shift before hand break”, gets his arm involved very late and has an exceptionally long stride which allows him to release the ball closer to the hitter.
I believe his speed of movement toward the hitter is one of the most disarming features that more pitchers at all levels should employ for more success.
Thank you sir and I’ll do just that on Lincecum. That was one of the first things I noticed is he’s probably 52′ from home plate at point of release. It looks like his back foot slides a good 12-18″ before lifting. It doesn’t look like he pushes that much with his back leg so, I’m guessing it’s the fall, hip drive and trunk twist that propels him so far and then up and over with his back leg. Just the short time I’ve been reading your site and forum comments, Lincecum is amazing.
Thanks again and looking forward to this process.
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