I see this all the time with the way pitching is taught, everything coming to the balance point, stopping and starting momentum all over again. The pitching motion needs to be one fluid motion, not chopped into “steps”.
That’s only done for teaching, but too many can’t put the motion fully back together without unconsciously thinking Step 1, STep 2… etc.
Whether you take a small step to the side or small step back at a 45 degree, don’t stop at the top of your motion to balance and then “dip”, break towards home with your front hip and “dip” SLIGHTLY with you back leg all while moving down the hill. figuring out the timing will put it all together.
Ps. 100% agree with Coach Paul, I hate the no windup step to the side or worse, step forward, I hate when short cut solutions are made to solve for a problem, that could easily be taught correctly. Wasted motion, ha, there is no wasted motion in a pitching windup, it has a purpose, momentum and deception. Batting averages are through the roof today because pitchers make it easy for hitters to pick up the ball. You will constantly hear when a hitter is asked why he hits a certain pitcher so well, “I just see the ball off him well”