Do you know where your next pitch will end up?
Let’s test your front leg lift. Hold your position at the top of your front leg lift, separate your hands and slowly bring your glove side elbow behind your body.
- Sustainable Command - When you can’t help but make a throwing action, your throwing arm is responding to your lower body activity and your throwing hand is extremely likely to come through the same tiny release window on every pitch.
- Unsustainable Command - When you finish your glove side elbow movement and you’re still in your starting position, you created a position where it’s physical impossible to know with any certainty where any one pitch ends up.
Why does this happen?
Your natural drive to keep your body in balance produces these responses.
- Sustainable Command – Your front leg lift creates a situation like balancing on a balance beam. Any movement and your body what it has to do to keep you on top of the beam. Consequently, your glove side elbow slowly moving behind your body causes you to take a step (your stride) and, to get you back in balance, bring your back arm forward and across your body (your throwing action).
- - Since your body is hardwired to react to the same situations in the same way, your throwing hand moves through the same tiny release window on every pitch.
- Unsustainable Command - You end your front leg lift with your weight over your back foot. Your slow glove side elbow movement isn’t enough to move your weight off your back foot. Consequently, with your weight over your back foot, to move down the mound, you’re forced to stride. When you stride, your body does what it has to get you back in balance. Your body does this by completing your stride and using your leg to bring your weight back to center.
- - With your body in balance, your throwing action becomes a separate and unsupported action, your release window varies from one pitch to the next and you never know where any one pitch ends up.
What’s the solution?
The Pro Pitching Institute teaches you how to end your front leg lift where a slow glove side elbow movement forces you to make a productive throwing action. No matter where you live, we skillfully use free Internet tools to make you a better pitcher than you ever dreamed possible.
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