I watched the Dodgers vs Diamondbacks game last night. The first $200 million dollar pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Dodgers but lost 3-0. 7 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 9 K’s, 111 pitches…very efficient 15 pitches per inning.
His velocity was the same out of the wind-up and stretch 92-94 mph. I have seen his 95-97 mph last year.
But does Kershaw really have a wind-up? Not really.
What does he do out of the stretch. No leg lift. In fact, his wind-up really doesn’t have leg lift where he shifts his weight.
What does he do out of the wind-up instead? His lifts his leg up and then lets it all the way down but during this time his body has not moved toward the plate. Thus there is no weight shift before hand break…maybe just a very little bit but nothing very noticeable.
Kershaw does not shift his weight until his lead leg comes all the way down and momentarily stops before he starts to lean his entire body toward the plate. Then just like Ray’s Fernando Rodney…he moves very fast down the mound.
This means that Kershaw is no different than Fernando Rodney of the Rays – neither uses a leg lift.
This guy has excellent mechanics, great control.
The leg lift he uses and all the hand movement provides no force production. It is purely a style thing.
Thus he could easily start with his lead leg down and then go…without lifting his leg up at all.
So you should know by now that the leg lift provides no benefit but for many youth and high school pitchers it gets them in all sorts of trouble….especially with the back leg collapsing…which kills their velocity by 5-7 mph.
But who is paying any attention. Maybe we are parents ought to.
Again, what benefit does the leg lift produce? Nada. Nothing. None.
What is the problem with it? It slows you down and creates more problems.
Take a look at this video of Kershaw. Right now he is considered the best pitcher in the game. I think he will end up with a 10 year $250 million dollar contract.
I will be breaking it all down by Monday and maybe convince some of you why the no-leg-lift delivery is your best option if you want more velocity and better control.
Notice what he does out of the stretch. He does a completely irrelevant hand movement way up. No benefit obviously. Just style.
But then what does he do after he brings his hands down? He leans his body toward the plate and then uses his back leg to drive down the mound very fast.
Does that look complex to anyone? It is about as simple as it gets.
You can either teach complex and get frustrated because you or your son spend too much time over the back leg which causes it to collapse or you can keep it very simple like Kershaw and Rodney.
Coach, i have been working with my son ,6-4 lefty for 1 month now on getting his momentum down the mound as his hands come down before handbreak and he has not been able to grasp it. I like Kershaw but this goes against what you say about moving down the mound by handbreak. Kershaw really delays his handbreak and my question is how do you work on making your handbreak really late?
As for Kershaw, my point is his leg lift does not provide any benefit.?? However, he does what I like.?? He moves his entire body down the mound with good pace, good weight shift, glove arm action and back leg drive and at landing is in a great position.
What exactly do you mean by – “he has not been able to grasp it.”?? He doesn’t understand it or he just is not able to get his front hip moving before he takes the ball out of his glove?
Does he collapse his back leg??? Can he sit on a bent back leg with his hands at his chest for 15r seconds or so without having his leg quiver?
If he is able to do that they it is just a matter of leaning the front hip toward the plate as his hands are moving down so that at hand break his lead leg is still up…and not down at the mound surface.
Very few pitchers do what Kershaw does but that does mean it would not work.
Why don’t you post a video of your boy and I can explain how to fix this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl3XEND2Ge0&feature=youtu.be ?? ?? ??I only have the side view at the moment because we are just trying to work on the moving down the mound portion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaZ4z2zDe8w ?? ?? ?? ??Here is the back view, looking from behind we can see he needs to fix leg swing, but first HOW do we help take the ball out much later without slowing things down?
Your video is bad. The file cannot be converted.
I can see that instead of shifting his weight and starting his front hip toward the plate he is just sinking down first but not moving toward the plate.?? So his front leg shoots out while his head and trunk lean back which slows him down.?? This causes a disconnect between his lower and upper body.?? Then at landing he is too far forward.
The collapsing of the back leg creates all sorts of problems for every pitcher.?? The back leg need to stabilize before he takes the ball out of the glove.
How did you shoot the video??? Please reshoot it.?? The back shot was not long enough to view.
hmmm video bad, these were shot with coaches eye, i wonder what i am doing wrong?
Are you saying you shot these with Coach’s Eye and then transferred them to YouTube?
Keep in mind that Coach’s Eye is software.????
Before posting to YouTube you should shoot directly from the camera…not transferring with Coach’s Eye since that is not a video file…just software.
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