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.
Often when analyzing video of our young pitchers, I’ll come across what I call trunk tilt at foot strike. It’s quite common in younger throwers and is characterized by an excessive tilt towards your glove side. It can be caused by a few different things but today, we’re going to talk about 3 physical reasons that I see every day in our high school throwers and what I do to correct it.
While the 60-yard dash has been used for years to measure the speed of baseball players it is wildly ineffective and inaccurate. This article breaks down the phases of a linear sprint before showing what is involved in the 60-yard dash itself. Upon this break down the article then explains how speed is really used in baseball and why these facts show a change is needed in how we gauge true baseball speed.
When getting your arm loose, you need to let distance dictate your intensity before you start throwing harder on a line. But how do you do this indoors? In this quick video, I demonstrate how I teach baseball players to get their arms loose when warming up into a net indoors.