All the while growing up, I’ve had several coaches stress the following instructions for pitching mechanics…
STAY BACK! Try to stay back and tall over the rubber for as long as possible. What kind of a myth is this? How can you get any momentum by staying back and over the rubber? Seems like all that would do is NOT create energy and thus you would not gain any distance and direction through the target.
Keep your hips closed as long as possible. In my opinion, the hips certainly need to get started before the shoulders and before the plant foot lands. I don’t necessarily believe that they need to stay closed THAT long as long as you can still create momentum and some rotational force prior to your foot landing. Ofcourse, you need to have flexibility in your core to keep your shoulders closed.
Now I have a question for you guys. Throughout my career, I’ve been told to stay back and stay closed over the rubber, but this has only led to a really slow methodical delivery. I don’t have a video for you right now, but with strong core strength, and forearm and hand strength, how much can my velocity be improved with some proper momentum and tempo?
Right now my fastball is in the 86-89 range. Thanks for the responses.