foot strike Pitching Articles
Here are some pitching articles on this important pitching velocity topic. This topic is currently open for discussion. You can either comment on the articles below or start a thread in the pitching forums.
by Brent Pourciau · April 7, 2013
How many “Pitching Velocity Programs” have you purchased or used this year? How many of them have only had a small impact on your pitching velocity? How many of them do not give you all of the information? How many of them are a total waste of time and money? How many of them just confuse and frustrate you? In most cases pitching velocity programs fail and I have listed below the 10 reason I believe why.
Before we go over these 10 reason it is important to know that the reason high velocity, like 90 mph in high school, college or professional baseball is so attractive to scouts is because only a rare few can touch it or compete above it. If the “Perfect” pitching velocity program did exist, where everyone could touch 90 mph after using it, then 90 mph would eventually become the 85 mph of today. The point is just because everyone doesn’t gain a 90 mph fastball from a pitching velocity program doesn’t make it a failure. These 10 reason below and their descriptions are the reason I believe most pitching velocity programs are failures. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 30, 2013
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better and it does!
If you know anything about 3X Pitching, you know the power of hip to shoulder separation. If you do not know anything about 3X Pitching then watch this video on 3X Pitching 101. 3X Pitching is a comprehensive approach to high velocity pitching that teaches the enhancement of hip to shoulder separation through a linear force vector and an explosive triple extension (3X).
Hip to shoulder separation has been labeled as a way to measure the high velocity pitcher. The National Pitching Association in their studies of over 500+ pitchers have discovered that the average Major League Pitcher has 40-60 degrees of hip to shoulder separation. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 5, 2012
No, this is not the next big baseball product launch to boost pitching velocity brought to you by some online marketing company. The 3X Power Burst or 3X Burst is the real deal and it is a game changer!
This is a coaching tip that is a major part of the 3X Pitching Velocity Program and it holds the secret to how elite pitchers increase pitching velocity in their careers from 5-15 mph or more. Yes, I am giving this secret to a massive increase in pitching velocity away here for FREE!
This means my inbox is going to be inundated with emails telling me that I am crazy for giving this revolutionary information that can change a pitchers career overnight for nothing. I don’t care, I was a pitcher in my career who searched for this information for too long and I didn’t find it until the very end of my career when I discovered it myself. I want everyone, who is in the same position I was in during my pitching career when I desperately needed this critical pitching velocity information, to learn this stuff, so they can turn their career around just like I did. You can thank me later! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 11, 2012
There are many studies that define the difference in the kinematics of high velocity pitchers to low velocity pitchers but few of these studies mention the time or speeds of the movements. When speed is used as a measurement of movements and how these speeds effect the movements up the entire kinetic chain then these measurements expose the secrets to high velocity pitching.
Speed is why pitchers must use video analysis to discover flaws and to make effective mechanical adjustments to their deliveries. The entire pitching delivery of a high velocity pitcher from the peak of the leg lift to pitch release is less than 1 second. The human eye is not capable of recording all the movements a pitcher makes during this short amount of time. This is why most young pitchers have a poor understand of high velocity pitching mechanics, like how the stride effects hip rotation speeds and how hip rotation speeds effects the rest of the pitching delivery. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 10, 2012
The moment of front foot strike in the power pitching delivery is critical, this is when power is converted into torque. The more power a pitcher can generate at front foot strike then the more potential to generate high amounts of torque in the elastic muscles of the body. There has been a lot of controversy around this topic and it is time to set the record straight.
Many conventional coaches would coach a soft landing at front foot strike and many of these coaches would be reducing a pitchers ability to build torque and increase pitching velocity. The science today now proves that high velocity pitchers apply more force into the ground at front foot strike than low velocity pitchers. Let’s look at this science along with some “Big” League high velocity pitchers, so we can learn how to benefit from this cutting edge information.
by Brent Pourciau · April 5, 2012
The majority of pitchers who commit to the 3X Pitching Velocity program initially struggle with the new motor coordination of triple extension and especially the critical ankle kick. The reason is because low velocity pitchers do not use this component effectively as the driving force behind their pitching velocity. An effective triple extension of the drive leg is the foundation of the power pitcher. To help those low velocity pitchers to understand this critical pitching velocity component, I will dive into the nuts and bolts of the critical ankle kick and the linear Force Vector.
They say a picture tells a thousand words and this animated clip of the leg drive of low velocity pitchers to high velocity pitchers says it all. You can obviously see the ankle extending through in the high velocity clips and the ankle just popping up in the low velocity clips. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 9, 2012
We all should know by now that long distance running is bad for pitchers (read 2009 article called Just Say NO to Long Distance Running) but now everyone needs to know how bad it really is. Yes, the study below proves that long distance running reduces the bodies ability to absorb and use the power of elastic energy.
If you have spent anytime on this site, you have learned the importance of elastic energy to pitching velocity. If you need a refresher or a basic understanding here are some of the key components that use elastic properties to generate high pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 8, 2012
So you need velocity and you need it now! I get it. I was you. This is why I put together the top 10 pitching velocity workouts here so you don’t have to continue searching through all the junk online to actually find something that works.
Yes, I am going to give you years and years of knowledge in this article for FREE! Why would I do this? Because once you read these top 10 pitching velocity workouts, you are going to learn that there is no better website out there when it comes to developing pitching velocity and maybe just maybe, you will trust me enough to become a member of 3X Pitching.
Before I list these top 10 pitching velocity workouts, I am going to first give you proof that strength training increases pitching velocity then I am going to show you why these workouts will work. To understand why these workouts are so effective and has been the secrets to helping many top level college and professional pitchers make it in their careers, I need to first show you the science that proves it and then give you a quick summary of how pitching velocity is enhanced. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 1, 2012
If you have spent any time on this site you have learned the importance of triple extension to building explosive power in the pitching delivery. The 3X approach to pitching velocity labels this as the 3X Factor to pitching velocity. It is the foundation to the entire approach but it isn’t the only factor. 3X Pitching also describes the 2X Factor to pitching velocity which seems to be overlooked by many who believe that increasing pitching velocity only comes in the discovery of one secret or one component. 3X is important and will have a tremendous effect on pitching velocity but in combinations with 2X it is what the elite pitcher needs to perform at his top velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · December 22, 2011
Based on thousands of hours of video analysis there is many common patterns of high velocity pitchers that low velocity pitchers do not have. One of the most overlooked component in the delivery is the synchronization of both feet into front foot strike. Low velocity pitchers tend to open the front foot way before the drive leg foot has extended. This doesn’t mean that synchronizing the opening of the front foot with the drive of the back foot will increase pitching velocity but it will definitely support it! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 1, 2011
Front foot strike is the single most important moment in the pitching delivery because this is the moment that stride power is converted into hip and shoulder separation and is guided to its pitching location. Therefore perfect placement at front foot strike is necessary to not only support pitch location but to also support high velocity.
The problem with over coaching front foot strike is that all of the power production that must occur before front foot strike is forgotten. This will develop an accurate pitcher but if the pitcher struggles with power issues then he will be a low velocity accurate pitcher with a higher chance of having arm problems. Unfortunately, this is not going to get him to the next level.
The key to coaching front foot strike is to first coach the power stride before you move into front foot strike. If the pitcher has done his job and conquered his power issues and has developed an explosive stride then front foot strike becomes critical in converting this power into torque. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 30, 2011
The hardest component to conquer in the power pitching delivery is bar far the force vector. Most pitching coaches do not coach this component because they more than likely have no idea what it is. If you want to increase velocity quickly, or you need to increase velocity quickly, then spend your time training this secret component to pitching velocity. It is the foundation of the 3X approach to pitching.
If we compared the pitching delivery of a power pitcher to a high powered riffle then the force vector would be the barrel and triple extension would be the trigger. Without either one, your high powered riffle is junk. It also doesn’t matter how much gun powder is in the gun, without the barrel or the trigger, it is useless. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 25, 2011
There is no better way to increase pitching velocity than with a simple adjustment in your first move. Your first move begins with your leg lift. There are some major misconceptions with the purpose of your leg lift that need to be addressed before we can make the simple pitching velocity first move adjustments.
Let’s first get some footage of your pitching. Shoot some video of a few pitches of you pitching so we can analyze your first move in increasing pitching velocity. Make sure that this footage is shooting from a side perspective, chest facing the camera like Trevor Bauer here. Once you get your footage onto a computer, you then need to find a video player that will give you the ability to move frame by frame, so we can analyze each frame. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 18, 2011
Do you know what it takes to completely kill your pitching velocity? I get a lot of phone calls from guys who are desperate for help with their pitching velocity. Many of them are in college or pro ball who have experienced a major decrease in their pitching speed. I always try to reassure them that their velocity has not gone away, it has only been lost. I then inform them that it will take only a few minutes for us to discover what mechanical problems just killed their pitching velocity.
The key to discovering this loss in velocity is through video analysis, it is a critical tool to identifying what is killing pitching velocity. If you are experiencing similar issue or you are dealing with some of the issue listed below then post your video here in the forums for a FREE pitching velocity analysis and we together, will discover the number one issue that is killing your pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 10, 2011
The 3X Pitching Velocity Program has made a big name for itself online, due to its ability to produce results for any age and at all levels of the game. The foundation of the approach to pitching is 3X or triple extension, which is a component that is mainly effective for the pitcher. 3X is what allows a pitcher to build their maximum power down the mound. With an outfielder and even an infielder, they do not have the surface of the pitching mound to deal with and they do not start in a static position like when on the rubber. This means triple extension is not a necessary component for the fielder. All the fielder needs to maximize throwing velocity without slowing down his time to release is a double extension of the drive leg to begin the high velocity movement. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 24, 2011
There is one “Arm Path” to pitching velocity that all high velocity pitchers take. This “Arm Path” begins not where conventional wisdom would believe, which is after hand break, but in the cocked position at front foot strike. The funky delivery here of Zach Outman is a great example of how the “Arm Path” of the high velocity pitcher works. What makes his pitching delivery so different is because he starts his delivery with his arms above his head instead of the conventional way, which is in the glove below the head. This out of the box approach makes it easier for him to get his throwing arm into the prefect cocked position at front foot strike, so he can generate his top velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 12, 2011
As a pitcher, do you train for power? The more I coach and train pitchers with 3X Pitching, the more I want to spend most of my time training them in the weight room with pure power lifts.
All of the 6 components of the 3X Pitching mechanics are representative of a ballistic or explosive movement during a specific point in time. If the pitcher tries to implement these components into their deliver as choreography then the final result will be negative. It is critical that you use drills to develop the motor coordination of each component of the power pitching delivery as you move through the entire sequence. This way the final result will always be positive.
This is the revolutionary approach behind 3X Pitching. The problem is most pitchers who start 3X Pitching are searching for a program to help them increase pitching velocity. This means they have mechanical issues and most of these mechanical issues are the negative results of the lack of power production in their deliveries. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · May 13, 2011
There is a lot of controversy around the glove side to pitching mechanics. Conventional Wisdom would coach the pitcher to pull down or pull around the glove side to launch the throwing arm into action. The problem is this would go against pure speed and classic physics.
The reality is that the glove arm to shoulder must act as a fulcrum for the shoulders during the throw to allow for efficient speed mechanics. To understand this we must first define the fulcrum. A fulcrum is the pivot about which a lever turns. The lever in pitching mechanics is the shoulders and also the hips but in this article we are only talking about the shoulders. The shoulders must swing like a door towards the target. Once they open then the arm must launch over the top of the door. If the pivot or fulcrum of the door is moving when the door is slamming closed then the door will not reach its top velocity. The same results would occur with other tools that use the fulcrum or pivot to swing a lever. Good examples similar to pitching, which I have used on this site, would be the catapult or mouse trap. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 13, 2011
You can search the web up and down for the answers to how to throw hard and you will find many different sites trying their best to answers this question but all you will get out of it is a lot of frustration. I am still shocked that TopVelocity.net is the only source today that believes pitching velocity comes from the stride phase of the delivery. Every site I have come across on the web tries to teach how to throw harder from the throwing phase of the delivery. If anyone can help me find another site out there that is coaching the stride phase to increase pitching velocity, please post the link here in the comments.
If you do not understand what I mean by the stride and throwing phase of the delivery, then let me tell you what I am talking about. Pitching mechanics can best be broken down into two phases. Yes, there are many different components or parts to pitching but it is easier to take a bigger perspective of pitching by dividing the entire delivery into two sections or phases. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 11, 2011
Most young pitchers do not have the leg power (power is strength and speed) necessary to generate the energy needed, through the pitching stride, to reach their top velocity. If you are a pitcher who uses mainly your arm to generate velocity then you will find yourself shortening your stride to quickly get your front foot planted. After front foot strike you then will use your glove side and throwing arm to generate most of your pitching velocity. Not only is this approach to pitching not efficient, it puts unnecessary wear and tear on the rotator cuff. Learning how to use the stride to generate power to be transferred into the ball as pitching velocity is far superior than the later approach. Read more