Okay, so mixing it up a little with today’s post. I get asked a lot about pitching mechanics…

“Where should the front foot land in relation to the back foot?”

“What’s the right way to break your hands?”

Drop and Drive or Tall and Fall?”

“What about the back foot?”Pitchers-Drag-line

That last one can be a little tricky… As I’ve written before, people often make too big a deal about the back foot lifting early (before ball release). That said, it CAN be very telling.

It can tell you if a guy is “jumping” instead of driving down the mound…

Whether he’s blocking himself off and not getting his hips open (a nasty little breakdown that compounds as it moves up the chain).

Or whether getting out over his skis or stuck back on his heels…

And you can tell a LOT by a pitcher’s drag line… That line in the dirt created when the back foot leaves the rubber. You can often tell the same thing by looking at a pitchers spikes after a game… Where is the toe getting scuffed – more over the big toe, or off to the side of the foot by the pinkie?

And here’s where it would be easy to get bogged down in technical jargon… Rather than go down that path, I thought it might be helpful to show some examples of guys with pretty good track records…

See any similarities?

Different pitchers with different styles… But some important things you see with all of them.

Oh, and be sure read to the end…

I’ve got a surprise in store for the FIRST person who can correctly name these big league pitchers:

 

Mystery Pitcher #1 (his nickname wasn’t “spaceship”)

Clemens-Back-Foot

Pitcher #2 (no hints, you should be getting to know this guy by now)

Arrieta Back Foot

Pitcher #3 (the lanky lefty slinger)

Sales-Back-Foot

Pitcher #4 (not Kong)

Felix

Pitcher #5 (I hear he’s a mean golfer)

Smoltz

Pitcher #6 (POWER… ’nuff said)

Synd-Back-Foot

 

Okay, that’s all for now. In a future post I’ll plan on diving in a little deeper… Specifically on your drag line and what that can tell you about whether you’re leaking power. Hint you see some of it in this high school pitcher below…

Back-Foot-Spin-Out

In the meantime, enjoy the pitching clips (props once again to @PitchingNinja for a couple of these). Soak them in… A good visual (mental blueprint) can go a long way towards developing a more powerful pitching delivery.

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