Well, I was in the chat room today and lankylefty asked me what I thought of his mechanics.
Well after some lengthy analysis of the “Thanksgiving” series of videos, here are my thoughts.
First view: He has pretty good, fluid mechanics. There is one major flaw that would isn’t very difficult to fix. His glove swings through and at release is around a foot to the right (glove side) of where it should be. This causes him to really fall off the mound to the left and, as you can see, causes his throws to be a little more wild than you would expect in a 75% effort throwing session.
Alright, lets get to the analysis.
First Issue: Like I was explaining before, there is a problem with balance and posture. Not only is your glove not stabilizing, but it’s also pulling you pretty far off the mound to the glove side. This is going to cause repeatability and consistency issues as you can see just by watching three different videos of the same day. (I’m guessing you made the front view video last because your body language is telling me that you are fatigued.) An unstable glove will also cause you to miss high or low with a different timing and release point.
The Fix: So, we need to get your glove in better position. Where I like to see it is over the landing foot, somewhere in front of the torso. (From shoulders to belly button.) This you can do pretty easily on your own. Every time you throw make sure your glove stabilizes in a comfortable spot, in the area I just described, and hold it there. It’s going to take a lot of repetition to get it down. It may feel awkward for a while as well. To be honest, if you fix the glove issue, I think everything else will fix itself. Head tilted to glove side at release, falling off the mound a good deal, arm dragging behind. It’s a glove issue.
Second Issue: I think you could use a little more momentum. You do a decent job of leading with the front hip, but I think you could move a little bit faster. This will also help the falling off the mound problem. It also helps with velocity, which is just a tiny bit important. 8)
The Fix: So you’re probably asking yourself, how should I make myself go faster? Well, think of it like this; while you are lifting your leg, simultaneously move your body forward leading with your front hip/butt. You can adjust it to what you feel comfortable with. For a model, the average major leaguer gets into foot strike in under one second. (0.95 sec.) So from the time the leg starts to lift, to the time your stride foot lands should be under one second.
Summary: Overall, you’re pretty solid. You have very fluid mechanics with the potential of being very repeatable. I’m pretty sure if you stabilize the glove it will solve the other problems. Momentum fill be fixed easily enough. Once you think you’ve got the hang of it, put up another video to see if that was the major problem.
Hope this helps!
P.S. I’d like to see what everybody else as to say as I’m sure lankylefty would, too. So please make your comments as well!