A baseball swing is an intricate series of movements that need to be correctly timed together to optimize the swing outcome. With this sequencing, the baseball swing is a quick and powerful movement. Here are 3 drills to train a proper swing rhythm.
The pitching motion is an explosive lateral to rotational movement down a hill done in under two seconds. The greatest key component to this explosive movement is “leg drive,” or the moment the pitcher moves laterally down the mound after reaching peak leg lift. Competing terms like “tall and fall” or “drop and drive” combined with balance and toe tap drills have caused confusion and reinforced slow twitch movements to hinder pitchers’ abilities to complete leg drive athletically and efficiently. A pitcher must change his intent to “tall and drive” where the focus is on explosively moving his entire center of mass down the slope of the mound.
To truly understand how to best train youth baseball pitchers, we must understand 3 things: 1) What do elite level baseball pitching mechanics look like? 2) What are the mechanical faults most common in youth baseball pitchers? And 3) How does youth pitching mechanics change as they age? In this article, we’ll discuss these differences and how to train baseball pitchers to develop elite performance.
If you want to throw hard, you must be able to produce force into the ground that will propel you in a forward direction towards home plate. The linear momentum that is created contributes to rotation of the trunk before ball release. Of the 52 pitchers that were analyzed, the results showed a significant, but weak, relationship between ball speed and ground reaction force. These results tell us that high school aged pitchers are not utilizing their lower half when producing a pitch to home plate.