And now…we’re talking about “The Secret”.
I learned it a long, long time ago. I used to go to the original Yankee Stadium every chance I got, and I used to watch the pitchers, particularly the Big Three, and I saw what they were doing—all three of them. They were driving off the lower half of the body, using the legs, the hips and the torso in one continuous motion, creating a flow of energy all the way up through the shoulder and arm to the fingertips, thus generating more power behind their pitches so they could throw harder and faster with less effort, even Ed Lopat who was not a fireballer—and in the process, taking a lot of pressure off said shoulder and arm. I saw exactly how they were doing this, and I made a note of it so I could start working on it on my own. As I practiced this essential element of good mechanics I found that I was doing the same thing the Big Three pitchers were doing, with the same results—more power with less effort.
Later on Lopat checked me out on this, and he was very pleased with what I was doing. It didn’t hurt that I was a natural sidearmer with a consistent release point. Now—I think that your 14-year-old pitcher would benefit from learning “The Secret”, as I came to call it. A good place to start would be something called the “Hershiser” drill which aims at getting the hips fully involved and which requires no special equipment, just a fence or a wall. It would do much to solve the problem of his looking like a rusty robot on the mound. :baseballpitcher: