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In the pitching motion there are various phases of pitching. In our baseball article here we will pick up the phases of pitching in the pitchers delivery from the power-L pitching mechanic and continue with the motions until the follow-through is completed.
This will not get into the biomechanics of pitching a baseball. We will mainly point our recommendations for proper pitching mechanics. The correct baseball pitchers motion adds to the chances of
1. Throwing more strikes with different pitches.
2. Maximizing pitching velocity with baseball pitcher speed and still have control and command of pitches.
3. Reducing the risk of arm injuries and pitcher injuries with sound biomechanics of throwing.
4. Make it easier to get the pitching mechanics back on track if we get out of sync.
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The first phase of pitching we will start with is the place in the baseball pitching motion when the front foot lands on the pitching mound.
We call this pitching technique the Power-L. The throwing arm ideally is shaped in an L shape.
This is the most powerful throwing position for a pitcher to get to.
If we stopped the pitching video from a side view when the front foot lands the pitching arm will come very close to forming the letter ‘L’.
One of the best tips on pitching is to land the stride leg with the front knee bent. Avoid locking the front leg in a straight position.
The straight locked front leg causes balance problems, higher risk for arm injuries and more difficulty controlling pitches.
Some famous pitchers have a slight bend and others bend the knee at a 90 degree angle. This is a personal preference with young pitchers—just make sure the leg lands with the knee bent and remains bent during the pitching motion finish.
Another pitching tip that seems kind of insignificant but is rather vital is the front foot position when the foot lands on the pitching mound. The foot should land on the ‘ball of the foot’ and NOT the heal first.
The important pitching tip is to keep the foot slightly pigeon-toed and firmly locked into the pitching mound.
This keeps the front shoulder from prematurely opening-up causing the pitcher to ‘fly open’ and lose command of pitching accuracy and pitching speed.
Do not allow the foot to ‘spin’ or ‘open-up’ during the pitching motion. Also, keep the feet aligned straight to the catchers target.
Avoid stepping ‘across your body’ as this adds difficulty in body balance and command of pitches.
Let us take a look at some more pitching tips for baseball concerning the pitchers glove arm.
Ideally the baseball pitcher will use the glove arm elbow to point toward the throwing target. Fold the arm and keep the glove near the front chest muscle.
As the body trunk rotates the glove arm will fold up next the body just like a karate puncher would do with the non punching arm. Avoid pointing the glove arm straight at the throwing target.
Study the pros and famous pitchers. They are not always right, but baseball is their business. Why ask a butcher how to roof your house?
Good pitching mechanics include the pitchers back leg releasing from the pitching rubber. The pitching rubber foot rotates over on the toes, lifts high up into the air and begins to return the ground well after the arm has released the ball.
The back leg lands even or slightly behind the front foot, softly and rolled over on the toe.
The large majority of body weight should stay on the front stride leg to force the body balance over the bent front leg. The chest should come close to the front thigh area allowing the back leg to raise high in the air before landing after the ball has been thrown.
The final phases of pitching in the pitch motion has the young pitchers displaying body balance on the bent front leg all they way through the pitch motion.
Being able to control the body balance over the bent front leg helps increase pitching velocity combined with command of different baseball pitches.
Avoid over-striding during baseball workouts, pitching practice drills and bullpen pitching.
Keep the stride at no more than five of the pitchers shoe lengths. This will help youth pitchers avoid putting undo burden on the throwing arm and causing injuries.
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