Chris, you can’t make a statement like that without providing an explanation. :roll: How does shortening the backstroke significantly increase the stress on your arm?[/quote]
Not dropping the hand in a down, out, and up motion, and instead going directly from the hand break to the ready position, is pretty much the definition of short-arming the ball. The problem with doing this is that it increases the risk that the arm will rapidly reverse direction, which puts large amounts of strain on the shoulder.
This is how I permanently damaged my shoulder; by breaking my hands high and turning my shoulders while my pitching arm side forearm was still going back toward 2B.
Here’s a quote from “Effect of Pitch Type, Pitch Count, and Pitching Mechanics on Risk of Elbow and Shoulder Pain in Youth Baseball Pitchers” by Stephen Lyman PhD, Glenn S. Fleisig PhD, James R. Andrews MD, and E. David Osinski MA. On page 465 of this article, the authors make the following statement…
“In fact, two mechanical flaws, backward lean in the balance position and early hand separation, correlated with a decreased risk of elbow pain. Two other flaws, a long arm swing and arm ahead of the body at the time of ball release, correlated with a decreased risk of shoulder pain.”
Of course, it’s highly misleading that the authors of the paper refer to things that decrease the risk of injury as “flaws.”
Freddy Garcia of the White Sox breaks his hands EXTREMELY early and last time I checked he was a decent pitcher.
Are you saying that “breaking the hands sooner” is simpler than “not dropping the throwing hand as much”? Please explain.[/quote]
Altering when (or where) you break your hands is fairly simple change to make that will enable you to utilize a long arm swing.
When my son starts aiming the ball, like he did on Friday, he usually starts breaking his hands at the numbers. I have him instead break his hands at his belt buckle (I yell out “hands low” from the bench) which lengthens his arm swing and immediately improves his pitches.