Leg Tuck


Can someone explain the term “Leg tuck delivery” to me? I’m assuming lift-leg tucked back beyond drive leg at leg lift?




Can you be a little more specific with what you mean by leg tuck. I have never heard anyone use that term in pitching mechanics. Who said that to you? Last thing we want is for you to assume something and not be able to correct an issue if any. If possible, can you post a video or picture so we can take a look at what your question may be? Thanks



So I read this evaluation and had not heard that term before to describe a delivery. The evaluation came from a showcase evaluation

“Big and strong athletic build. Leg tuck delivery with a pause at the top, has deception in his delivery, loose wristed and has a quick wrap in back and plenty of wrist snap out front, ball gets on hitters quickly”

That’s the extent of what I have.


You are correct in assuming leg lift. This is a quote from Steven Ellis Leg Lift

"The first stage of the pitching motion is the leg lift. The leg lift occurs when the pitcher pivots the throwing foot on the pitching rubber to perpendicular to home plate and raises the glove foot. The leg lift is important for two different reasons. First, it starts the pitcher’s momentum toward the plate. Momentum is important for the pitcher because it helps generate force behind the ball. Secondly, the leg lift allows the pitcher to load the back leg and hips. The pitching leg is loaded when the glove foot leaves the ground. When the pitching leg is loaded, there should be a slight bend at the knee. The pitcher’s eyes and head should be focused directly on the target. On the lift, the pitcher’s glove should line up with the knee and serve as a good indicator for the height of the lift. Many times, our pitcher’s gloves will be at letter height on their uniform. Also, the pitcher’s chin should line up with the knee and glove. Lining up the chin, knee, and glove indicates good posture that promotes a controlled balance.

There are many different styles of leg lifts practiced by major league pitchers. Nolan Ryan practiced a very high leg lift. He attributes some of his throwing velocity to the high lift. When analyzing a high leg lift compared to a conservative one, it seems that pitcher’s that get their legs higher have extremely good flexibility. Also, it seems that their weight thrust back to some extent toward second base. Thrusting back toward second, at least in Ryan’s case, seems to create extreme momentum toward the plate. To further illustrate my point, let me provide an example. Visualize a four-legged table. Now, imagine two legs on the same side being cut. The table would fall until the new leg height contacted with the floor. The higher the table legs are cut, the further the table will fall to the floor. By adding extra distance, the table will come down with more force due to increased momentum from gravity having more time to pull on the table’s falling mass.

But, pitchers should be aware that practicing a leg kick that is too high or out of control can severely hamper their pitch command and keeping all applied force in a straight line. The kick should allow be at a level that the pitcher can continue to maintain their balance throughout the delivery."

So in essence, I believe they are saying you have a nice leg kick that allows you to lead or load with your hips down the mound. My guess is that you may have a slight pause at the top of your leg kick. It is hard to get a true read into what people really mean with just words but if everything is working well for you, I wouldn’t be concerned. Hope this helps,





Thanks coach for clearing up that terminology for me as well!!!


Thanks for the insight. Btw that evaluation is of a player at the local high school. My days are long long past :blush:


This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the term “leg tuck”.


Perfect. thanks for the full explanation… My son has an open leg lift, shoe outside knee, drives me nuts, because I know it’s a hard habit to break for him… I know some pitcher do well with it, but it’s hampering some of the movements I’m working with him on later in the sequence. If I could get him closer to the form as shown in the picture on the right, I’d be a happy camper.