Here we go, first off forgive me for using the words:
Never and always in the video, I’m human. There is no such thing as always and never when it comes to pitching mechanics, drills, etc…
We all want to get from Point A-B, it’s just we get there differently.
I like these drills, they work for me. Doesn’t mean they will work for you. I’m a big believer in “feeling” more and relying less on “seeing”. I think baseball instruction relies more on what “others” see vs. what “we feel”.
By “over-exagerrating” I am referring to closing the front hip as long as possible to get the feel of the back hip being the aggressor to opening the hips.
I also mentioned the back leg has to have some bend, I’m referring to guys that keep the back leg stiff throughout the process. Bauer will begin stiff and then flex, many kids struggle and “I” have found it easier to start with some bend.
A big focus is keeping the front hip closed and “crushing” the hips together while moving forward. Feel it and find the best way for YOU.
I would also suggest taking the shoe off the back foot, it gives you a better feel once you put your barefoot in contact with the ground, your choice.
You will see a lot of guys manipulate the hips in a different fashion. Lance McCullers and Trevor Bauer are totally different but both know how to PROJECT the hips and not PUSH the hips. Big differerence.
I think a key to projecting the hips requires the front hip to stay closed and allow the center mass to be in front. As soon as the front hip begins to open, the projection of the hips moving forward is gone. It’s now about rotation.
The lower body (legs) is basically the transporter of the hips.