Hey Coach Mills,
My name is Andrew, I’m new to the website. I’m a solid 5’8″ 200 lb 16 year old that throws in the low to mid eighties and was wondering what I should do after being instructed by my varsity coach to lower my hands to the belt before the delivery to the plate. I know you have said that it is best to keep them around the chest area. I’m looking for a little more in-depth reason because I have a very high Verlander or Clemens type out to in (with maybe some up-down-out in it, but I probably would like to ask your opinion in the future with video) kick and I’m having trouble shortening it with runners on first with the hands lower. How do you think I should handle this situation?
Andrew Welcome…et all,
When posting questions just sign your post with your first name just like a letter so we know who you are. Thank you. Also always best to give your age or the age of the pitcher.
Andrew, again this is a case where you must post video. Breaking the hands at the belt or lower is correct. But is that what you are asking? Your post is not very clear. Clarity is key to getting the right answer.
If a pitcher lifts his leg up then we like to see the hands lifted up high on the chest at the same time and then as the leg goes down so don’t the hands at the same time. This helps create better rhythm and timing and gives you more time and distance for your arm swing while your lower body is moving into a 100% stride length.
I was talking about the position of my hands at the belt opposed to already having them chest level before anything happens in the delivery, sorry for not being clear enough. I’m starting a fall wood bat team this week and probably will not be able to post any video until early next week when I’ll be throwing a bullpen by myself. I would show you some footage of me earlier in the season, but I’ve been working on a few small kinks in my delivery and want to show you the most recent possible.
No need to reply to this, I’ll post some video sometime early next week.
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