After many years, I’m starting to wonder if delayed shoulder rotation (hip-shoulder separation) can be taught.
I’m starting to think it’s a little like sprinting. In the broad sense, someone is either naturally fast or they’re not. Yes, you can get stronger and hone technique so that you can improve. Fast people can get faster. Slow people can get marginally less slow. But, you can work 365 days a year for ten years with the best practices of sprint training and you won’t turn someone who runs a 6.5-second 40 into Usain Bolt no matter what you do.
Is pitching the same thing? Can we ever make a pitcher out of a non-pitcher? Or, is the best we can hope for to fractionally improve someone’s natural gifts?
I’ve worked with tons of pitchers who have natural hip-shoulder separation who’ve been able to improve it. But, I’ve never really had any success with players who rotate like a block in getting them to change at all. Is this my shortcoming as a coach, or is this something we either have as an intuitive motor movement or not?