[quote=“baseballbum”]Once again thanks to everyone and I value everyone’s opinion. Here is what I wanted to share.
This past 4 months we have worked on arm action. I did have an issue with this about 2 years ago when he appeared to be pushing the ball. I think we got that done and he does have a fluid motion.
Before he was going straight to the plate. Chin to the plate and chest to the glove a la the school of Tom House. After reviewing many video clips we noticed he may be throwing across his body.
Also, after reviewing many clips of some major leaguers, most hard throwers tend to fall off to the 1st base side. In the current clip I posted he really was rearing back to throw the ball hard. Now although in the clip he looks like he is falling off a cliff but the majority of the time he takes a step.
The never ending battle of perfect mechanics is something he is trying to accomplish. Heck why would I post a clip for the whole world to see and share. I value many opinions and having 25 additional eyes and ears is great to have.
The Towel Drill- say what you want but it really helps lengthen the stride. We did it a while back , then we ditched it, but it may make a comeback because looking at past photos he had a longer stride. We will try it again and see what we come up with. (OPinions on this one please).
:lol: The son has read all of the above clips. He wanted to say thanks to everyone .[/quote]
Dont want to sound anything but helpful but some word to the wise about increasing stride length if you so desire. Im also not saying this would be your approach, having the pitcher try to just increase his stride by saying “stride further” or someother “cue” that does not explain how to to do it efficiantly and with the most potential to build power will have no results unless they do it naturally. Striding further is not the real ANSWER its moreso the RESULT that you want by performing a function better. He needs to apply more force to achieve the result of a “further stride” in reality its better stated as “having the stride leg touch down further from the rubber”, you want this to happen but you also still want the lower to stay connected not with the upper but with itself. Fact is thats where many people go wrong not understanding the importance of the lower staying connected UNTIL you want the pelvis TO open. Simply concentrating on strideing out further probabaly acheives nothing or at least not everything it could. Understanding this is important in my opinion. Thats why for some probabaly most, just TRYING to stride further without understanding and than doing so but in a manner that does not enable the lower to stay connected actually can result in striding further out but not being able to rotate. Carrying good momentum into landing is KEY. At some point the front foot does land, the hips have already started to open before the foot plants. HOW MUCH momentum you carry into footplant is directly porportanate as to how well you will rotate the rest of the way which is directly porportunate [in this even a word?] as to how much energy makes it into your torso and so on and so on, its a chain. Only the part we are talking about is PERHAPS the most critical inso far as how much “JUICE” we start the chain with!
Back to what needs to be done. In order to get out further without upsetting his “posture” which is very very good as hes going out so dont mess with that. Bottom line if you want the kid to get further out he needs to apply more force into landing. He gets that by a more forceful “propulsion” if you will by the BALL of his PIVOT leg foot as he is ready to touchdown with his stride foot. His brain/body is highly aware when his stride foot is mere inches off the ground, HE KNOWS. At this time he should be TURNING his pivot leg foot and pushing himself into landing which will provide more momentum to rotate the hips/pelvis. Only my opinion than again many a hard throwing major legue pitchers do EXACTLY this.