Dick I am trying to figure out if my 12 (almost 13) year old son should stop doing the classic leg lift and start doing a slide step or do momentum pitching. If you think momentum pitching would be better than a slide step, would you please refer me to any videos that would show us how to do it? PS: He throws quite hard with the leg lift (60-65 mph) and likes it but is wondering if he should change to a slide step etc.
Here is the second Momentum Pitcher I created from 2009.?? He was 12 here.?? I will show many more videos of this pitcher even when he was 11. His name is Thomas.??
To every youth parent.???? Think about how much slower your son moves down the mound compared to Thomas.????
Out of the wind-up this is the easiest and quickest way to add 5-7?? mph to your son’s fastball.?? Out of the stretch the Fernando Rodney delivery is the best way to go.
Study this and ask yourself why would a pitcher lift his leg up out of the windup?
Another question, do you think it would be wise to make a change to his delivery in the middle of his baseball season?
The real question is – how would working on this interfere with what he is doing now??? If he learns to move faster he may be able to apply it to his current delivery and see a velocity and performance improvement.
I have changed pitchers in one session to momentum pitching.
Here is a back, side and front view of Thomas doing Momentum Pitching.
He was 12 here.
Hi Coach, My 12 yr is starting the season off with a Momentum wind up and it’s working quite well. ??He is, however ,struggling with what to do from??the??stretch. ??Any videos or suggestions for using Momentum Pitching in the stretch? Thanks. Jim
Did you watch that video of Thomas all the way through.?? He shows you a non-leg-lift delivery.
Also look at the Fernando Rodney video and that entire discussion.
Coach, I have an 8 year old lefty, and we been doing the no leg lift out of stretch before I came upon your suggestions.?? His speed has increased quite a bit.?? He’s throwing 46-47, and control has been improved because the leg lift seemed to unstabilized his body. Marco
Marco, I agree.?? One important thing that I’ve learned from Dick over the years is keep it simple and always ask “Why??should I do that?”.?? “Why should I swing my leg?”?? “Why??should I counter-rotate my shoulders?”?? “Why should??I move slow?”?? “Why should I long toss?”?? “Why should I land off the mid-line?”?? “Why should I have??a short stride?” ?? ?? Question everything you may believe about pitching.
Just returned from my son’s game. ??He did 2 innings of momentum pitching (struck out 6). ??I taped him from the sidelines and noticed that he is not bracing his front leg as well with MP. ??In fact his landing knee is moving towards his toes (big no-no). ??The results are good (velocity and control) but it seems his mechanics are breaking down with MP. ??Anyone else have landing leg bracing issues with MP? Thanks. ??Jim??
A follow up to the above… ??Today he did MP without a leg lift for the first time. ??Should he incorporate a leg lift into MP? Thanks. Jim
No leg lift with MP.?? It will only slow him down and negate the step back.?? Be patient.?? You can have him start learning MP with a smaller step back initially??and then increase it as he becomes more??comfortable. Was he pitching from a clay mound or a portable fake mound? The crucial part is after he has turned his front foot sideways on the rubber and begins to coming forward, he has to get his shoulders and hips sideways so he can move sideways down the mound. Kids want to step with the front foot to the plate with their front hip open instead of getting their body sideways like you would if you were pitching from the stretch.
Post a video so we can see his lead leg action.
Make sure he is not landing toe first or landing too far to manage.
But the faster you move the easier it should be to brace the front leg if his foot and knee are in the right position.
Coach Thanks very much for the response. ??I took the following this past Wednesday. ??It’s a bit dark and of questionable quality but here goes: Jim
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