The 3 Myths of Pitching Mechanics
November 13, 2009
Myth #1: Have a Balance Point During The Leg Kick
This was disproved in this 2004 study:
Compared to pitchers with NO balance points, pitchers with balance points had:
- MORE head movement
- LESS accuracy
- DECREASED velocity
Myth #2: "Tuck Your Glove"
I addressed this myth in this 2008 newsletter:
Simply put, MORE glove movement = LESS accuracy
Just like hitting where minimal hand movement produces a more consistent swing, less glove movement produces a more consistent release point.
Myth #3: "Follow Through" When Pitching
This myth causes many kids to bend their back too early like this:
yet NO POSITION PLAYER throws like this. Why not?
Because bending your back DECREASES accuracy.
found that pitchers who turn their shoulders the quickest had the highest velocities ("increased upper trunk rotation angular velocity"):
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