I was reading one of the other threads (baseballthinktank’s post) and thought this should be its own topic.
My son sweeps his front leg when he pitches. He’s been told by some that he should stride straight toward the plate and others, including, Ron Wolforth at the Tx Baseball Ranch, that the leg sweep is absolutely fine (and is somewhat encouraged with his motion). He feels like it helps him lead with his hips (or is the result of strongly leading with his hips), get hip/shoulder seperation and stay closed, and be more explosive.
Example of his stride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6CG2IulrOI
Here are other (mostly hard throwing) pitchers who “sweep” their leg:
But, I keep hearing from some folks that you should go straight to the plate and that a leg sweep is a “fault.” Which is it?