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Baseball Pitching Mechanics
There are many philosophies on how to throw a baseball correctly and with a lot of velocity. In fact, I would guess that baseball pitching mechanics are one of the most debated topics in the baseball community.
With that being said, I'd like to throw in my two cents as far as pitching mechanics are concerned. Now, for clarification, I am not a scientist, I do not study physics professionally, but I was a former professional pitcher who knows what it FEELS like to throw a 96 mph fastball.
So, here are some of the things that I have learned and felt about pitching mechanics that can possibly help you throw harder and pitch faster.
#1 - The Perfect Release Point
I think that sometimes pitching coaches and pitchers have some misconceptions about how the release point should really look. In this video I show you some examples of Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum, and Matt Moore. You'll see that in the video, they all do a great job of gaining ground off of the rubber, efficiently transferring force through their body (straight line up their back), and using their front leg as leverage to pitch against. Check out the video for some visual stimulation!
#2 - Hand Separation
Another misconception within the pitching mechanics is what the arms do after hand separation. Here is my philosophy on arm path at hand separation and if you watch until the end of the video you will see many examples of big league pitchers doing what I am talking about. Check it!
#3 - Sequencing the Kinetic Chain