Warning: If you’re looking for technical, complicated ways to confuse the Hell out of your pitchers… This ain’t the post for you.
Great, you’re still here so that tells me a few things:
The best part is-
The less you know about pitching mechanics, the better off you’re going to be.
Let’s start with some what’s commonly mis-taught about the lower-half pitching mechanics:
1. A longer stride doesn’t increase velocity. (Watch the video below and be sure to retweet it.)
Why A Longer Stride DOES NOT Increase Velocity:
1. NEVER focus on increasing stride length.
2. The stride length is the WHAT, not the (WHY)
Stride length & Arm speed are bi-products (PEER PRESSURE) of moving thru middle efficiently.
— BaseballThinkTank (@LantzWheeler) July 29, 2018
2. “Loading the hips” sucks… The mound is sloped, not flat.
Imagine “loading your hips” sideways on a set of stairs, or ski slope?
What you need to know is that your arm is at the mercy of your hips…
Anyways, I’ll explain in detail below:
Watch this short video snippet of my 2015 presentation at the American Baseball Coach’s Association Clinic. It was on that stage, where I got to share the dangers of “loading your hips” in front of 7,000+ coaches.
Alright, so what should you be doing?
Great question but before we get there, now a word from our sponsor…
Here’s a few pitching hacks you need to know:
But, rotate? Nope.
It’s the posterior chain which includes several muscle groups, primarily the glutes, that are responsible for rotation.
The Quad-Dominant Domino Effect:
Because you’re pushing from the quads:
In other words…
The summation of velocity principle states you’ve got to rotate to separate and you ain’t rotating.
Most players I work with during our 3-Day Core Velocity Training Programs, initially struggle in the following areas.
But, here’s the problem we’re up against in today’s world of baseball instruction:
And the truth is…
Here’s 3 reasons why I say this based on My 3 Laws of WHY:
And we wonder WHY players FEEL like they’re always starting over?
It’s time we got down to the key take-away points and moved towards the end goal of teaching you how to use your lower-half.
Here’s the key take-away points:
Take-away #1: Mirror the slope: The mound is sloped, and that’s a good thing. You get the chance to throw downhill. Take advantage of it like the pitchers you see in this tweet below. (Do me a solid and Re-tweet it!)
(FREE) –> 5 High Velocity Pitching Hacks
1. Break Hands Faster -Move Faster
2. My fav hip/shoulder sep drill
3. Goal is 2make arm claustrophobic
4. Why ur feet are killing your hips
5. Easiest way 2teach lower-half
— BaseballThinkTank (@LantzWheeler) August 3, 2018
Take-away #2Because the ultimate goal is increasing power output and efficiency, you’ve got to learn how to use ground force.
Bonus Material: Before I share with you the fastest way to teach the lower-half, I want to share with you a few drills on how to “mirror the slope”.
Here’s a bonus drill that we use daily to accomplish everything we’ve just discussed.
Here’s a great way to use The #CoreVelocityBelt without throwing to teach pitchers how to mirror the slope to generate arm speed. It’s an area so many pitchers struggle with because most want to “PUSH” their hips out by “FALSE Loading” them. It’s one of my favorites. #pitching #baseball #pitchingvelocity #corevelobelt #pitchingdrills #pitchingmechanics #pitchinglessons
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So, now it’s time… (drumroll)
First thing you need to do is grab the following:
Next, do this:
Now, it’s your turn.
I’d love your help spreading the word about this post by doing these 2 things:
Trust what you FEEL!
P.S: FEEL free to leave a comment below cause I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions.