The more in-depth I get with testing my clients using Motion Capture, the more convinced I am that most traditional pitching drills…
Are a waste of time.
Most of the drills we’ve tested using 4D Motion Sports capture showed an actual regression when attempting to transfer results to the mound.
I know it goes against traditional thought but here’s what you need to realize:
Most pitchers don’t have a lower-half issue. In other words, their legs aren’t the problem.
Most pitching drills addressing hip-shoulder separation focus on “delaying” shoulder rotation… which causes even more problems.
Your shoulders aren’t the problem. Hip-shoulder separation is a natural bi-product of efficient movement.
Inside the kinetic chain, there’s constant separation occurring as each joint segment stops and passes on momentum up the chain. Without the body segments stopping it would not be able to pass on the energy transfer to the next segment in line.
Whenever pitchers are thinking “delay shoulder rotation”, they’ve already interrupted the chain before it ever starts.
What we’re discovering is this:
“Most pitchers don’t have a mechanical problem, they have a proprioception problem inside the hips.:
In this case, it was hip proprioception.
So, take a second to watch this video and notice how:
His velocity increased while his arm stress decreased.
Because he gave his brain the information required to move more efficiently simply by increasing the awareness levels of his hips. A better way to say it that his brain now has a clearer map. Much like you’d find inside your GPS of your car.
Trust what you FEEL!