High leg kick improves velocity...?

ive heard a high leg kick improves a pitchers velocity, do you guys find this to be true?

high leg kick along with coiling will help build up momentum

Just because you have a high leg kick doesn’t necessarily mean anything unless you’re doing everything else right. It’s definitely not a free ticket to extra MPH’s.

No. It’s not the leg kick itself, it’s what the muscles of the hips/pelvis are doing. They are loading and unloading. If you can create the same amount of load (tension) in the muscles with a lower leg kick, go for it.

These two fastballs were roughly the same speed.

Tom House was writing one of his books on pitching using Nolan Ryan and the other Astro hurlers. Ryan sauntered out to the mound, kicked high, and fired a triple digit fastball into the mitt. He turned to House and said, “A high leg kick gives my pitches more speed…put that in your book!”

Of course, what does Ryan know?

There are a lot of “power” pitchers in the majors who can throw hard with a slide step, but in my opinion it does a dis-service to use them as an example for teen pitchers, just as it does a dis-service to those same teens if you use examples of MLB guys with high leg kicks. There is a huge difference in training, talent, and most of all maturity between the kids on this forum and the world-class pitchers in the majors.

Experiment with your leg kick and see if it gives you more velocity, or even the perception (real or imagined) of more velocity. By the time you get to High School, a huge part of pitching is above the shoulders. Do what gives you the most success and confidence in yourself.

Hose

Bingo! The high leg lift create more load in the hip/glute area and it also allows gravity to assist more in the creation of momentum. But this all has to be put together with proper mechanics and timing as well as strength and flexibility to get the benefit. Remember, you’re only as strong as your weakest link.

ive had more success with a small and explosive movement instead of the high and slow movement. It all depends on what feels best for you.

You can have a high knee lift and still be explosive to the plate by getting your hips moving forward sooner and faster.

No. It’s not the leg kick itself, it’s what the muscles of the hips/pelvis are doing. They are loading and unloading. If you can create the same amount of load (tension) in the muscles with a lower leg kick, go for it.

These two fastballs were roughly the same speed.

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And the reason those two motions produce the same velocity is he is not using the leg lift he created. He brings it up and right back down, essentially with his leg in the same place as he starts his momentum forward in both videos. The key to getting something out of the leg is to carry it with you, using the forcing of gravity on that leg into front foot plant, building momentum into hip rotation. Ted Lilly is a great example of a smallish guy who carries his leg lift with him and produces 90+ fastballs.

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Interesting … does anyone have any stats to show % pitches thrown per 9 innings from windup vs. stretch ?