[quote=“Roger”]It’s hard to tell much from the one angle but I think I notice the following things:
(1) You appear to stride to the closed side and then throw back across your body.
(2) It kind of looks like you throw with mostly your arm and not as much with your body as you could.
I think you might benefit from starting your hips forward sooner and building up more momentum. Lead with the hip. Head and shoulders shouls stay mostly upright but slightly behind the front hip into foot strike. Make sure you maintain your same knee lift. The result of this should be getting into foot strike quicker and possibly striding a bit further.
These adjustments will commit your weight toward the target sooner causing you to stride more directly toward the target. It will also create more energy allowing you to throw just as hard or even harder while using your body to do so. Plus, it will fix your timing and keep you from falling off to the side like in the first pitch in your video.
Another adjustment you could make for the striding closed thing is to start on the left side of the rubber. This will minimize how big of a corner you have to turn to get the shoulders squared up to the target.
Finally, in your next video, make sure we can see your feet. And, if possible, use a tripod or some stationary object to set the camera on so the video doesn’t jump all over the place.[/quote]
First of all I want to thank you all for your responces, I’m honestly overwhelmed with how directly on target I think most of what you have to say is. I will respond to each accordingly.
- Every pitching lesson I’ve ever taken (5+ years ago) we spent the mojority of the time trying to correct the fact that my stride is about 4-6 inches to the right (closed side). Its always been very uncomfortable because I’ve had to open up very early it seemed. I’ve tried “falling off” which was just a lean towards the plate starting with the leg kick, but it always felt out of control, although helped with the right side stride issue. From what I understand about your technique it would look more like Nomo’s leading with the hip to drive to the plate. I’ll experiment with this the next time a throw a bullpen.
I like your mention of moving to the left side of the rubber, the plate has always seemed larger pitching from that side to me, and I’ve always felt more comfortable throwing inside from there as well. It’s been drilled into my head so hard that I need to be on the inside of the rubber I’ve never considered staying left. I never put the two together that my stride would be the cause of the different feel on the left side.
I’ll work on a few angles, side 3/4 and possibly behind the plate this weekend for the next video.
I have another full 2-3 innings or so somewhere from the footage I showed you all, I think its still on the camera. I’ll take a look at it and see if there is any footage thats more on the steady side and possibly have a full frame view.