This may sound like a warped title out of one of Aesop’s fables but it’s not. It’s actually a pattern we see all the time in many high school pitchers. When reviewing the pitching mechanics of many of these young athletes, more than half of them are not putting adequate force into the ground with the rear leg while moving forward.
This can cause a lack of stability, creating postural issues at foot strike and ball release as well as causing the athlete to (sometimes) throw off of one foot. This is a main culprit when talking about an erratic delivery and over-using the upper half.
Today, we’ll review what this looks like and how you can adjust early-on in the delivery to fix something further down the chain.
Getting stronger will certainly help create more power/force as well as tightening up some mechanical issues to learn how to better apply that force into the ground.
See ya’ in the gym…
By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)