Coach, does it appear that Hunter is facing the ball toward his back or are his fingers on top? It gets a bit blurry but it looks like he turns the ball facing behind him.
Coach, is it just the trunk tilt that makes it look like Verlander has a low elbow? My son and I have debated this. My son is fighting the demon of a low elbow and points out “so does Justin.” My take is, even though it may be low, Justin still has plenty of space from the ball to his head keeping the arm semi cocked. While my son is more 90 degrees at landing which is less space than verlander.
Anyway, what is your take on the elbow? Have you analyzed a side view of Justin?
??Randy is right. There are a lot of resources on this site & on line. The basic rule for a wood mound is; You drop down 1inch for each foot forward. I used 2×8’s plus 3/4 plywood on top. It’s pretty simple and doesn’t take long. Add some wheels on the back & a couple of handles and it moves around easy. Also, add an extra section of carpet, or whatever you use, under your main piece in front of the rubber. It wears out pretty fast!
??I felt a little the same way at first looking at Harvey but you have to remember, there is knee??flextion up until hand break. If you stop it at hand break & draw a line, then Harvey’s knee stays pretty much in the same spot. However, I DO feel that if I was helping this pitcher, because I see the knee go out over the toes, I would tell him he??has some??collapsing. Usually, the kids I see collapsing continue to go down even after hand break.
Thanks for responding. We don’t normally carry a band. If we even had a thought that he might pitch, we would have done the work at home or brought a?? band. These HS coaches here at our school are all clueless. He will rest & rehab & hope for the best.
More to come, Pat
Wow!! Really good back leg action! Can’t really slow mo these where I am at but from a health stand point Marcus should be encouraged to “finish” his throw, that is to let his hand get all the way down to the left leg and back. Possibly place him in the finish position and back up from there. You should frame by frame and check the front leg, it looks like the front knee is drifting forward during rotation instead of bracing up. Really good mechanics for a young pitcher, keep up the good work!! Pat
Coach, ??The old video is on tape but there may be a way to upload it. Yes, we have viewed Rodney. As I stated, when my son throws similar to this he throws 2-3 MPH faster on the gun. Video shows that in the stretch??he starts with his head over his back leg. But in the windup he is stuck somewhere between momentum and not. Meaning, in momentum, after the step back you are pretty much moving straight forward as you are pivoting & pushing seemingly all at the same time. Now, in windup, he takes a small step sort of on an angle, a bit to the side, a bit back. But as he goes to lift his leg & pivot, he is pushing toward the plate like momentum pitching so he never really gets on his back leg for a stronger push. He sees it on video & it is getting better. I will attempt a video upload. Pat
My RH son, who is now 14, started working the momentum pitching during his 9U season when I purchased the DVD & I believe it had a book or pamphlet? He soon became the hardest thrower on his team although just average to below average size. Many strikes located low in the zone (thanks to many paractice bullpens) very dominant. VERY explosive to the plate. During his 12U season, for some reason, he just became less comfortable with the step back. I think he just had a complex about being different. I talked as positive as I could about how he was so dominant & momentum was why. He bagan to get more away from the step back & more to a slight angle step. Epilogue. After a freak liver injury cost him the entire 13U season last year, he is back, healthy, throwing,??made the freshman team and I am working so hard to fix many faults he never had! In the windup, he never really gets his weight on the back leg (never was an issue with momentum pitching) Actually throws 2-3 miles an hour faster from the stretch! Also opens up the front shoulder too soon as the lead arm does not stay out front long enough. (never was an issue with momentum pitching) I look at old video & compare to today & wish I could talk him back into it!! There were other faults, but momentum helped do many things correct. I really hope that lefty sophmore makes it with nobody changing him because it is really smart to use momentum pitching. It leaves the pitcher with less time to make errors. Pat
what??? You must not have a member long! LOL!! Steer far away from this product! What it “teaches” is to collapse the back leg & knee forward. Honestly, it??produces the exact opposite effect from what you want your back leg to do. Pat??
I was reading this issue on Friday and thought “there goes the neighborhood”. I’m sure most people that read it will miss the important information about how to be explosive, less robotic, build core strength and use your hips. Using video tape and studying your release point. I am assuming most will start long tossing 300+ feet and learn everything they can from Jaeger & Wolforth.
I have went back & listened again (and again and again) to both teleseminars with Angel and of course watched the DVD again. I don’t recall anything being mentioned about catchers. Although they are not using “pitching mechanics” they are throwing quite a bit. When our #2 catcher was injured this past weekend, our #1 had to handle a larger workload this weekend and this week. It occurred to me to have him do the same pre & post exercises as our pitchers are doing. (and loving) He says he could definitely tell the difference the next day. My question is, would there be any “catcher specific” exercises that he can do other than the First Strike program?