Why Hip/Shoulder Separation Doesn’t Always Increase Your Pitching Velocity



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  1. Phil says:

    Great article. Really enjoying your site and how you always give us a different way of looking at a popular topic. I totally agree with the idea of the back hip being the driver. My only concern with thinking of it in terms of separating the throwing elbow from the back hip is that I fear it could lead to pitchers focusing too much on pulling their throwing elbow back to get that separation. I think the way you teach using the hips is spot on. I just prefer to have guys think of it it in terms of hip to shoulder separation (staying closed with the shoulders into front foot plant) since I find it easier to keep the focus on the hips instead of the throwing arm. Again, good stuff and keep up the good work!

    • Lantz says:


      Thanks for commenting and great point. The area that so many pitchers struggle with is separating upper/lower body. I see a lot of kids that cannot keep the upper body closed when the hips begin to turn. As the hips go, so do the shoulders. It really depends on the individual and as long as they understand the importance of intent and having a narrow focus, it probably doesn’t matter how you phrase it.
      Great point!

  2. Rohan Balakrishna says:

    Hi Mr. Lantz

    I am a high school pitcher looking to add some velocity and i was very intrigued by this article. I was always taught that when my throwing arm breaks the plane and goes behind my back, it put severe stress on my arm. Am i getting this wrong? Is that different than what these pitchers are doing?


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