Xv84 made a very good observation here. A detail that’s sometimes overlook as part of support elements of sound mechanics.
The human body is uniquely designed with compliments to its upright posture. In that, the balance sensors are in the head – more specifically in the inner ear. Inside the inner ear is the cochlea – a curled snail like encasement that contains tiny hairs or receptors. Also in the cochlea is liquid mucus like substance. As the head is disturbed left or right, up or down, this mucus liquid stimulates these tiny hairs – which in turn send messages impulses to the brain.. which responds with the appropriate action. This ability to BALANCE yourself is one of the many unsolicited responses that your body does constantly. Your heart beat, blinking of the eyes, breathing, and even bringing your hand up to your face to block something coming right at you suddenly are other examples of unsolicited responses.
With respect to pitching, if you were to excessively move your head while setting up and going through your motion, your balancing mechanisms are going to work even before you stride. Sometimes – inadvertently, your overall performance can be restricted. By the way, this restriction is not that noticeable and has varying effects. Sometimes not so bad – other times is a rhythm buster.
To show you just how sensitive this portion of your body’s system works, here’s a great exercise:
******** DON’T TRY THIS BY YOURSELF. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMEONE WITH YOUIN CASE YOU FALL***********************
stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart.
raise one leg, and stand like a stork – balancing yourself on the one standing leg.
now tuck your chin into you chest.
MAKING SURE THERE’S SOMEONE BY YOU TO CATCH YOU IF YOU FALL,
Start moving your chin and head up and down by rapidly lifting your chin, snapping your head back, placing your chin back on your chest.. and repeat rapidly.
If your like most people you’ll find that maintaining any balance is very difficult, if not impossible. Does this mean don’t snap your head back and forth on the mound? Of course not. But, this simple exercise will show you just how sensitive your balance system is to your overall concentration and performance. Think of it for a minute – your balance sensors are in your ear, in the head, and the impulses to react and act to this standing variations made your one standing leg – especially the foot, move quickly from side to side taking instructions from the nervous system’s network.
Excellent observation vx84.