Did you see this article? Little League Mechanics vs. Major League Mechanics
In it I talked about one of the big mechanical flaws you frequently see with young pitchers: Opening the hips early. Another way to think about this is “not Loading the Hips properly” in the stride.
I got a few questions from guys asking how they could address this mechanical with their pitchers. So I put together a short video (with voice-over) to give you a better idea of what loading the hips looks like, along with one of the drills I use for teaching this component.
Loading the Hips is one of my 4 Power Pitching Components:
1. Linear Momentum (early momentum)
2. Loading the Hips
3. Hip to Shoulder Separation (torque)
4. Stabilizing the Front Side (front knee, glove arm)
[hr] [h4]Some videos to help address this mechanical flaw:[/h4] 1. Opening the hips early: Young pitchers often swing the front leg out, opening their front foot early, effectively unloading their hips. See video below (no audio):
2. Loading the hips with Fernando Rodney: Watching Fernando Rodney shows you how you can load your hips without a big leg lift (or any leg lift). Now most pitchers will struggle with a “no leg lift” delivery, but the video below show you how staying loaded and closed with the hips is more important than a big leg lift (he throws 100 MPH).
3. One of my favorite drills to help develop the feel for loading the hips:
This one sets you up in that same loaded-up hip position you see with Rodney in the video above. How high you lift your leg is up to you.
photo source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
This is an excerpt from one of my videos in the Ballistic Pitching Blueprint.
For a complete system of drills to develop this Power Pitching Component and others for a more Powerful, Dynamic pitching delivery Click Here.