Falling toward 1st base


What causes a pitcher to tilt towards 1st base like this. I am sure this is an issue with velocity and control. What can be done to fix it?


There are so many variables here that it would be impossible to itemize each one and do justice to that effort. How you pitch physically, your physical condition, and a host of other things all influence your overall choreography.

Here are two very common aspects that can influence your finish posture(s).

A common influence is landing with your stride leg/foot. As you can see from the picture below, this can cause the lower part of your body going in one direction, while the upper part of your body is going yet another direction - hence, a pitcher can throw across himself/herself. The after results, tends to twist the weight of the upper body in a circle, thus for a right handed pitcher, that weight tends to move towards first base and the rest of the body follows.

For a right handed pitcher, a hole that is dug in front of the rubber can be found with that hole slanting downward toward the third baseline. Hence, during the leg lift, the body’s weight is in motion towards the third baseline all because the pivot foot is leaning the entire body off to third base.
In addition, a hole that made in the front part of the mound can cause the landing of the stride foot to be unsteady, thus causing the body to balance itself off… again, shift weight to the first baseline.


Leaning like this is referred to as contralateral tilt, and most high velocity guys do it. It makes it easier to push rotate your hips after front foot strike, as well as making the motion more linear as opposed to rotational.


ThrowGasEatA55 has a good point(s). For those with mature bodies, strength and muscular control that passes on this choreography matching control and quality locations, it’s a doable part of pitching. I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of this movement.

Why? In the coaching circles in my day, this kind of movement is (was) called torque resistance. Torque resistance is where the lower part of the body actually goes partially towards home plate, thus loading up the upper part of the body with core resistance as the torso and upper shoulders swing around and push through the resistance loaded up by the lower part of the body. I don’t think I explained that right - but for now, it’s the best that I can do.

In any event, a lot of guys did get a few more miles per hour tossing cheese, but I noticed a tradeoff later on in their season where continued form in this manner lead to location problems, a high percentage of not adjusting to the plate umpire’s strike influence(s), and a lot of pitches in the dirt - thus beating the backstop to death and passed balls.

bluezone63, I assume that you’re an amateur, probably under 15 - am I right? If not, could you describe your self and why you asked this question?

When I answered the way I did, I assumed that you’re playing ball and maybe, just maybe, you’re experiencing this movement and as such, may be having some issues. If not, then perhaps your question is just out of curiosity.


@bluezone63 I’ve said this many times on this site. Make sure your body can move appropriately via getting a total body orthopedic exam from a qualified movement specialist/physical therapist in your area. If you have segments that cannot move well, you’ll compensate to get the movement accomplished and all sorts of things can happen. Best of luck on getting to the route cause of this.