If you’re looking to increase your velocity, it’s important that you understand a very simple concept…
It’s your ability to move efficiently through the center of your body that separates your 85 MPH pitchers from your 95 MPH pitchers! (Same concept applies to hitters)
Take a break for a second and try this…
Close your eyes and visualize swaying back and forth in a hammock.
If you’ve ever laid in a hammock, the toughest part is getting inside, right? Once you’ve made the initial step and resting, there’s no fear of falling, right? It’s 100% chill time. There’s no tension in the body, it’s in a complete state of relaxation.
But, what if…
One side of the hammock isn’t securely anchored?
And the same goes for the rotational sport of baseball.
That’s why I’m always stressing my pitchers to “Think Like A Hammock”.
99% of all amateur pitching mechanics “leaks” can be traced back to the eyes or the feet!
Anchor your eyes and feet!
Because it’s the players who can securely anchor both ends and sway through the middle who are the same ones lighting up the radar gun and dropping bombs.
And the players who can’t secure both sides of their hammock…
But nobody ever thinks about it this way do they?
Instead, the discussion centers around the working parts versus the entire system.
That’s why we start with these 3 checkpoints when evaluating efficient pitching movements (pitching mechanics):
If you can’t breathe effectively, you can’t move efficiently. Breathing is a learned skill that allows us to turn off movements (inhibit) versus turning on movements (activating). And that my friend is the difference between your expert movers versus your novice movers.
Your body is built to follow your eyes.
The key to ground force production is based on your ability to stabilize your feet to the ground.
That question leads me to my next point of discussion…
Back in 2015 at Pitch-a-Palooza, Dr. Allen Sills, the director of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center and most recently appointed as Chief Medical Officer for the NFL made this comment…
In other words…
And regardless of how much power we are able to generate from the legs…It’s all for nothing if we are not able to connect the power and energy created by the lower-half and transfer it to the upper body.
Because at the end of the day….
You are only as strong as your weakest link and ALL Roads Cross Through The Center!
So, let’s think of the hips in a different manner, shall we?
Let’s view them as a fuse box.
Your hips influence your:
And here’s something else for you…
Beware: What I’m about to say goes against everything you’ve heard, seen or said about pitching mechanics:
Energy DOES NOT START from the ground up!
Yep, sorry to break it to you but that’s a myth.
The only way to create ground force is by driving into the ground and try driving force into the ground without engaging, dropping or hinging at your hips.
Don’t believe me… Try it yourself.
Stand still and see how much force you’re able to drive into the ground without bending or hinging at the hips.
You can’t, can ya?
Unless of course, the energy is lost due to ‘leaking hips”.
So, let’s review…
Regardless of how much energy or power you’re able to generate from your lower-half, it’s all for nothing if you’re unable to connect it to the upper body.
Like Paul Nyman once said… “All roads cross through t he middle of your body!”
So, truth be told…
Most of you reading this right now have probably been told you could be throwing much harder, if only you generated more from your lower-half, but really that’s only part of your problem.
The real key to building high level mechanics and throwing harder with less stress on the arm is dependent upon? Your ability t o move efficiently through the center of your body!
Alright, I know I”ve dropped a bomb on you and you’re trying to wrap you head around this stuff.
So, here’s something that will click for you.
The reason so many instructors stress a longer stride and attempt to prove their point by showing you videos of Aroldis Chapman and Tim Lincecum is because:
Why A Longer Stride Has Nothing To Do With Higher Velocity:
Basically, the hips are giving the arm the impression that “it’s running out of time” and it better get from point A – B faster.
In fact, 75-90% of them even struggle being able to rotate and move their hips without turning the shoulders, or shifting the weight away from the center of the foot.
And that’s a major problem for a several reasons.
I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. I don’t.
Honestly, I’m betting most of you reading this are in the same boat.
Like so many pitchers out there, you’ve been told your real problem is your lower-half or that you’ve got to get stronger. So, you do exactly what I would have done many years ago.
You head to the weight room or pick up weighted balls hoping to get your body and arm stronger, but you don’t see the velocity gains transfer to the mound, right?
Don’t get me wrong… I’m a big proponent of lifting and weighted balls.
But, I strongly feel those are only a single piece of the puzzle and both are irrelevant if you lack basic body and hip awareness. Strength is a necessary componenet, but it ‘s also secondary to efficient movement .
Allow me to explain.
Because the real secret to velocity gains that transfer to the game mound is arm speed, not arm strength.
Arm speed is instant-Arm strength is not
Once you learn to move faster and more efficiently through the center part of your body, you’ll give your arm no choice but to make a cleaner, faster and more efficient path to release.
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Trust what you FEEL!
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