Hi Mac, I see a few things that your son can improve on that will help him with accuracy, velocity and injury prevention. When working with a pitcher one should always start with the lower half first then work their way up to the top half.
- If you look closely at the video your son’s knee and thigh are pointing behind the right-handed batter. Have your son’s front heel align with the back heel when the front foot lands. This will stop him from stepping across his body and will prevent falling off to glove side.
- Lead with front hip- your son sticks his hip out at the top of his motion, but he does not lead with his hip. He leads with his front leg/foot.
- He has a bent front knee when he follows through with the pitch. The bent front knee will allow his body to continue traveling forward killing velocity. I am going to give a big secret away here that most coaches will not tell others, but young pitchers need to know. When your son’s front foot lands have him rotate his back hip to the front and this will straighten his front leg. When he gets strong enough have him land with the front foot and have his knee bend approximately 45 degrees and rotate back hip.
- When your son’s front foot touches down his arm should be in the cocked position. This will prevent him from a future elbow injury.
- If he is pointing the ball back to center field stop it immediately this is how I was taught in high school and college and should no longer be taught. The ball should be pointed more towards the shortstop position for right-handed pitchers and second base for left-handed pitchers.
If anyone see’s anything else, please help this young pitcher.
From former college pitcher and pitching coach.
Watch Zack Greinke Pitching Mechanics - Leads with front hip, arm in cocked position when the front foot lands at .28 seconds, Ball pointed at shortstop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRPtVfEz4es
Also watch this video of Steve Full video here demonstrating the “Wall Drill” Sequence for learning Power Moves and Leading with the Hips and Engaging the Back Leg…