Drill for Front Foot?


#1

My son still tends to step out with his front foot. I have seen pitching drills with a wood block on the mound to remind the pitcher to step straight. Any help on a drill?


#2

Are you trying to delay the front foot’s movement out (and promote better “leading with the hip”)? Or are you trying to get him to land in a straighter line and balanced?


#3

Is there something that can be done for opening the front foot/hip to early? My son tends to sweep his foot instead of remaining closed until before landing.

Thanks


#4

Coach Ellis, I noticed his front foot lands toes pointing at the catcher but to the left of center line (right handed pitcher). Is this a sign of early hip rotation or simply landing left of center? He seems to do a good job with the shoulders, keeping the ball back until release. Ttarney, we may have the same question.


#5

We used a 2x4" on the mound and he took right to it.


#6

I am trying to get my 12yo to keep his toe down on leg lift. He tends to keep is foot flat. He is asking me why make the change and I don’t have a good answer for him other than that’s how MLB pitchers do it. But he’s smart enough to know there are exceptions.


#7

Unless you can trace some specific problem directly to the foot not pointing down (and I doubt you can), I wouldn’t worry about it. I know some folks want the toe down or the ankle/foot relaxed. But I’ve never been able to relate any problems to that.

I would guess there are other more important issues to focus on.


#8

Keeping the toe relaxed helps prevent leaning back on the leg kick. It keeps your body straight up.