Hi….my son has a short-arm delivery instead of the more classic long-arm delivery. His elbow is never above his shoulder. Does this affect pitching mechanics or speed in any way?
What do you mean by a short-arm delivery?
What matter is how his arm is positioned at touchdown and landing. That can determine both velocity and the risk of injury.
Hi Coach Mills:
His arm goes down, but never out. He basically goes down and up. He has never been hurt in 7 years of pitching, never had a sore arm, tightness, etc, etc. See below:
Again, a very, very poor video with limited views.
Is that his instructor? I hate to be harsh but if it is I would highly suggest you fire him. If it’s his coach then he should listen with a deaf ear. Neither is helping him.
If you want good feedback, please post video from at least two angles – glove side and back then we can give you some more accurate and valuable feedback.
Your son’s arm action is poor as is his weight shift all due to his back leg collapsing. Also, it appears that he has all his weight positioned to the inside of his back foot. His foot should be flat against the ground and back against the rubber.
Although this is a very limiting view, I will do my best since I cannot see exactly where he is breaking his hands although he is breaking them too high and too early…not at the belt. Notice that his throwing elbow stays in close to his trunk after hand break. This is because he breaks his hands too high and then tries to go down. If he breaks his hands at the belt this should not occur because he will be able to lift his elbows away from his trunk to initiate his arm swing.
Even after he takes the ball out of his glove and moves his arm down his entire body has not moved 1″ forward because he spends all that time collapsing down. His head drops down nearly a foot before he starts to move forward because of his back leg collapsing.
Once he starts to move his body toward the plate neither of his arms begin to lift up to shoulder height.
Here’s what he needs to do:
1. position his back foot level and back against the rubber. (level out the area in front of the rubber)
2. stop collapsing the back leg – preset it so the knee is over the middle of the foot but does not go out toward the toe.
3. start to move his front hip toward the plate while his hands move down and he breaks his hands at the belt while his lift leg is still up. His head and back hip should have moved away from the rubber by hand break.
3. break his hands at the belt and start to lift his arms away from his trunk to initiate his back swing. The glove arm should move up to shoulder height first while the throwing arm is still swinging back and up toward shoulder height.
4.brace-up his front leg and hip while his nose is still sitting over his belt
I would estimate your son is losing at least 5-7 mph…maybe more.
Hi Coach Mills….I also agree that he is leaving MPH’s behind. He is a strong 6’1″ 181 lbs with a strong core, but he doesn’t use it to his advantage. He currently tops out at about 78-80 and he could be at 83-85. He responds more if he sees what he is doing wrong rather than being told. Does “The Scientific Formula For Big League Pitching Mechanics and Common Mechanical Pitching Faults and How To Fix Them”, plus the “Fast-Track Start Up Guide, and the Mechanics Checklist” address these issues? Who can I contact in your office to inquire about a private 1 on 1 lesson? Do you have a video link of a pitcher that does NOT collapse his back leg so that my son can see the difference? Thanks!
Yes…the DVD’s address all his problems and how to fix them.
Your son simply does not know what to do and will continue doing what he is doing unless he understands how and why to change.
Every pitcher will respond to visual cues from video rather than verbal cues. Thus why any instruction without the use of video is a waste of time, money and effort.
If a lesson is not possible the least you should consider is a Video Analysis so your son fully understands how his mechanics compare to an MLB pitcher and why he is losing velocity.
If you email me I would be happy to send you info on our lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
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