[quote=“dm59”]I agree Redsox04.
I find that many kids have their throwing hand lag at the top. There is usually more than one reason for this. Breaking the hands too soon combined with the “staying back” cue, which gets misinterpreted a lot by kids, often causes the hand to get up there far too early, before the front foot lands. The body’s not ready to throw but the hand is there already.
Many kids allow the front leg to come down from knee lift with no front hip drive at all. They are trying to keep their weight back as they’ve been told. As a result, the hand’s doing all kinds of moving but the centre of gravity’s not. A timing nightmare.
You need to experiment with the timing of the parts but you must ensure that the front hip is driving toward the plate early. All of the MLB pitchers I have videos of have the hip moving just as the knee has reached it’s highest point and is about to start descending. Some even start it before the knee has reached it’s highest point (Wagner, Ryan from the windup, Rivera). The most important tool you’ll have is trial and error with video to be able to analyze the timing in slow motion. It’s amazing how much more you see with slow motion than you can at full speed. Lots of video with experimentation regarding the timing of hand break and the tempo of the overall delivery.
Yet again, I’ll recommend a holistic approach. Recommending making hand break earlier or later will only address one contributing factor. This is a very dynamic and somewhat complex motion that really shouldn’t be “chunked” down to individual bits.[/quote