What About the Back Foot? (and “name that pitcher” contest)

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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?”

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That last one can be a little tricky… As I’ve written before, people often make too big a deal about the ...

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Getting Over & Around The Front Leg/Hip

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So this is something I see a lot…

Pitchers and coaches using perfectly good drills… but performing them in a way that only further ingrains bad habits. Making the pitcher stiff, overly linear, and robbing him of rotational power.

See, that drive to the plate – that powerful move down the mound – is important… But it’s all for naught if you don’t convert that to rotational power at foot plant. It’s why you see the game’s best, the elite of the elite, doing one ...

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Create Your Own Velocity Program: Step Two

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Okay, so let’s pick up where we left off…

Step TWO in my no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to building your personal “velocity program.”

So in Step ONE, we addressed the importance of getting those baseline readings… Tough to get where you wanna go if you don’t know where you’re starting from.

What’s that, you missed that post? Read it here: Step One for Building Your Velocity Program: Get A Baseline

As you know from that first post, this 5-Part series is an audio-post ...

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What I Learned From My “JERK” Teammate

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AHhh… spring is in the air, the MLB season is officially underway, and I’ve got the soundtrack from “The Natural” pumping in the background…

Makes me wanna get outside and throw the ball around!

Alas, those days are over…

So instead, on this fine spring day, I’m gonna share a little tidbit for maximizing your throwing program I picked up from my JERK teammate (at least that’s what I thought of him at the time).

It’s my freshman year at Northwestern, and I’m coming ...

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Motion Analysis: Tracking A Pitcher’s Progress

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I want to let you in on a little secret.

As you know, I’m a big fan of using video with my pitchers. Motion Analysis can be a powerful tool…

But here’s something that might surprise you…

When I’m working with a pitcher, I DON’T record every pitch. In fact, there might be entire sessions where we don’t look at video at ALL.

Why would I do that? How do you make any progress if you’re not constantly evaluating and assessing?

Fair question.

We all know those pitchers who are just OBSESSED ...

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