Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Balance Point or 5-7 Degree Leg Angle

Everyone wants to be a pitcher. Everyone dreams of pitching in a big game. I have a child that is wanting to be a pitcher. So as a father I am trying to help. As a coach I am try to teach the proper mechanics easier said than done.

When it comes to teaching pitching mechanics their are so many opinions and not enough facts. I have been reading anything and everything to gain more knowledge of teaching the proper mechanics. The problem is there are so many opinions on just holding the baseball properly. So I am trying to stay positive and this is with I have come up with so far.

In my studying I have watched tons of videos of the like of Justin Verlander, Sandy Kofax, Greg Maddox, Steven Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman. Most coaches teach to come to a balance point before you pitch in viewing the videos a majority of the pitchers do not come to a balance point. They start their windup with a small step to the side or back, tap the pivot toe and bring the front leg up. In a momentum type swing.

As you can see in this video the drive leg is about 5 degrees diagonal to the rubber not coming to a balance point. The momentum created here keeps everything going toward the catcher without stopping. This helps keep all the energy going toward home and not having to regenerate power after coming to a complete stop at balance point.

1. Small step to side or back to start the pitching motion
2. Tap the drive leg toe for rhythm before placing it in front or the rubber.
3. Slightly point the drive leg toe toward home when placing down
4. Bring leg up in a momentum creating swing

 So whether your opinion is to teach a balance point or not. All pitchers, coaches, and parents should continue to learn the game of baseball. I was a coach that taught the balance point before coming to the plate. After reading, listening, and watching I believe that if you can migrate to the 5-7 degree drive leg and keeping the momentum going toward home that you will pitch harder and better success. Remember study the game and always look for areas to improve. Your Competition Is!

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