I have a link to my son front and side profile pitching last week. Currently he is struggling consistently finding the strike zone. He is a quarterback and we have moved his arm slot down a little because he was coming over the top so much, he was leaning far to the left at delivery. I believe it was also causing some pain in his lower bicep as well. Now that we have moved his slot to more of a 3/4, it is not bothering him. Besides the back arm going back toward 1st base, we can’t seem to get his front foot down flat at landing. It doesn’t look like his back leg is collapsing. Yesterday, he was overthrowing down and out some. His arm slot is not consistent yet. He is not getting enough bullpen at practice, (only 15 pitches the day before he pitched in a game) which I plan on taking upon ourself at home to do. He is a strong kid, 6’1″, 175. He is a senior topping out at 86 with a very good breaking ball and a good change up as well. He is just not as consistent as last year.
Any help would be appreciated. Dick has viewed his video from last year and compared to this year.
His height and his stride length?
I still see some collapse of the back leg. He is not shifting his back hip over his back knee before starting to shift his weight. He needs to stabilize his back leg or preset it first before starting weight shift.
Because he is rotating early, notice his front foot turns toward the plate with his toe pointing up prior to landing. If he moves sideways longer into a longer stride he will land flat footed.
He is getting his lead arm in front of his shoulder too soon thus he is not able to use it to maximize his trunk rotation and trunk flexion. He needs to fix how he positions his glove after hand-break. Instead of using his glove to lead the way, he needs to hold his glove back, let it come along with his lead leg and let the glove come along for the ride with the forearm and elbow. Keep the glove and upper arm up at shoulder height longer.
He has to pull his glove down too early because of his short stride.
Everything is happening just a bit too early.
He’s got more in there but these 2 or 3 small things are holding him back.
He just needs to let things happen longer and later.
I don’t see the back leg collapse, but i will look closer. I’m not sure what you mean by shifting his back hip over his back knee before starting to shift his weight. Rotating front hip to early? When runners are not on base, his stride is at least his height of 6’1″. I have measured him at 6’6″ in the back yard. He is much quicker and seems to land more flat with a shorter stride with runners on 1st and 2nd. I need to talk to you so I can get this straight soon. He is a senior. If I tell him longer and later, he may slow down. I thought his stride was to long which was causing his foot to reach out.
I did measure his stride in this game footage using his shoe length of 12″ x6.
This is a view from the back same game last week. I see what you mean about his front glove hand. He should lead with his elbow and then extend, or just keep his front shoulder out longer? I don’t see the front hip rotating out early, but is must be if his foot is landing heel first.
Do you have recent video from the back angle looking in to the catcher from a bullpen? Very important.
The two major things I see that if fixed will jump his velocity.
Not getting the most out of his back leg. I see his lunge movement as more of a drift than lunge and drive. Lower body power comes from a bent back leg and then a quick extension of the back leg just before landing. That needs to be an explosive action. The faster the back leg extends the more energy available to shift to the hips, trunk and then the arm.
Once the hand-break occurs the action of the back leg is key to velocity. It must go from a flexed position to an extended or lengthened position.
He rotates early over his back leg. Notice how his front foot begins to turn toward the plate with his toe up toward the sky. This means he is not moving sideways long enough before getting up on the ball of his support foot as he turns into landing. He just needs to keep moving sideways a bit longer.
Notice at hand break the position of his back knee. His knee is getting positioned too far in front of his foot. The knee should stay over the foot longer. I recall from the bullpen you had sent me that this was even more pronounced. It is better but it appears he gets his weight shifted to the inside of his support foot too early. This means he is not doing a lunge movement properly keeping his back foot pushing down and back.
When there is no early back hip rotation the pitcher will come in to landing without the toe up – more flat footed. This would also get him to land a bit further out.
The second thing which I mentioned was the lack of trunk rotation because of his lead arm action. This means his trunk will rotate slower and he will get much less trunk flexion forward…two actions that really maximize velocity.
Ultimately you want the pitcher to release the ball as close to the hitter as possible.
So I would like to see him focus on using his back leg more aggressively to go sideways longer, fix his lead arm action and get the most out of his trunk.
Using the back leg and the trunk effectively will produce more velocity and get him closer to the hitter.
The attached video is from today from the back, side, and front. The back is as close to the catcher as I could get without going through the wind net in outfield. I’m not sure what you mean by rotating over his back leg early. I understand opening his front hip early, but I don’t know how to fix it other than tell him to keep his front foot toward third longer. It sounds easier to do than it is not to bend your knee after hand break. Other than looking at the video, can you suggest what he needs to do to fix this. Is there a drill in the mirror? Is he peeling his foot off the rubber to soon?
In this video, he was clocked at 82-83. He has been at 86 several games this season, but I’m sure he was doing the same thing as he is in this video.
On the front arm, does he need to lead with his elbow first instead of his glove and arm extended? Also, is his arm slot good?
I just purchased the “First Pitch Strike” and I am trying the Community Pitching .com and would like to have a phone conference with you and Kyle at your connivence. He is off school this week so anytime will work. We are in the central time zone.
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