Unfortunately I haven't been able to post in quite sometime because my internet has been malfunctioning. Since my last post I have thrown two extensive bullpen sessions resulting in significant improvments in my timing, accuracy,velocity,and overall pitching mechanics.
Bullpen Session 1: The first thing I noticed when throwing on this day was that I felt extremely rushed coming out of my leg lift. At first I thought it was because I was going forward to fast out of my leg lift, but upon further analysis I have detrmined that the cause for that rushed feeling was due to slightly kicking my leg to its apex instead of just simply lifting it. The kick was very subtle so it went unoticed for a while, however just that slight kick threw my entire feeling of balance off causing the sensation of being rushed. The second thing I noticed is that I was landing on my heel, which isnt necassarily a bad thing except that the moment my heel touched down it was a trigger for my arms to start delivering the ball. This was a huge timing problem because until my foot completely touched down I was basically throwing the ball with my arm. The moment that the ball of my foot touched down you can see on my tape that the arm immediatley lays flat. The other problem with landing on th heel is that it was causing me to get into my knee which as everyone knows, kills velocity. The third mechanical fault that I noticed is that my weight is much too far back. This I believe is part of the reason that I am landing on my heel. However it also causes another problem which is a bit more severe. When the weight is that far back it puts much more stress on the posting leg, so in turn I noticed that my posting leg knee heistates to long before moving forward, thus reducing the power generated by my legs, and hips.
The good news is that in my next bullpen I almost entirely fix everyone of these problems.
Bullpen 2: In order to remedy the feeling of being rushed I started off by lifitng not kicking my leg to a balance point and pausing there in order to stay gathered. Since it is clear that pitchers move forward from the apex of their leg lift I made sure to do the same even though I was pausing at the top. I got this idea from Dan Haren and it seems to be working nicely. I no longer feel rushed in my delivery and it has become much easier to work on my timing. I plan to eventually phase out the pause at the apex as soon as I feel comfortable.
In order to remedy the problem of landing on the heel I decided to simply point my toe down while coming to a landing. This would have worked excatly as a I had planned except once again my weight was to far back. This caused my toe to involuntarily pop up about a millisecond before landing which resulted in me landing slightly on the heel. The landing on the heel caused me once again to get into my knee, however it was significantly less than the time before.
The good new is that my timing is much improved. My hips rotate well before the arms, with my throwing arm lays back well behind my head. My velocity also had a massive jump, as did the precision of my accuracy. It seems now that the only real problem left with my mechanics is an improper weight transfer. I will be throwing another bullpen session tommorow in which I will be focusing very hard to correct this problem.