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 pitch 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 rifle then the force vector would be the barrel and the triple extension would be the trigger. Without either one, your high-powered rifle is junk. It also doesn’t matter how much gunpowder is in the gun, without the barrel or the trigger, it is useless.
Most young pitchers have very poor stride power because they do not achieve triple extension in their strides. This component along with the gunpowder, which is our muscles, produces power in our strides. Without this component and poor leg and core strength, our power production is limited.
What is the Force Vector?
This is the angle of the ankle to the knee. Starting in the drive leg, this is the direction that force is being produced. If the ankle to the knee is vertical then the force will be produced in a vertical direction. Because the stride moves in a linear direction, towards the target, a pitcher can not produce force or power in the stride until the force vector is linear. The force vector is also important in the landing leg. When the landing leg stabilizes and produces force back into the hips, the force vector must also be angled in a linear direction instead of a vertical direction.
Why is the Force Vector so important to increase velocity?
The National Pitching Association in their 2005-2006 Velocity Study here, proved that 80% of a pitcher’s velocity is based on the degrees of separation between the hips and shoulders at front foot strike. The 3X pitching approach has proven that triple extension before the front foot strike, along with triple flexion of the landing leg at the front foot strike, is what enhances this hip-to-shoulder separation. Therefore the force vector must be in a linear direction for a triple extension to occur in the drive leg and optimal stabilization to occur in the landing leg.
How to Implement the Force Vector into the Pitching Delivery?
Most young pitchers struggle with this critical component. Their force vector stays too vertical through their strides. The reason for this is the lack of power and mobility. Power and mobility are pretty much a catch-22. You cannot have mobility without power but you can have power without mobility and to have a linear force vector in your drive leg during your stride, takes both power and mobility to implement.
The best way to improve your force vector you must first start by building a base level of strength through the entire body and then start enhancing power production by introducing speed and power movements. Once you have developed some explosive power that can be measured in a vertical jump then you want to start training this power through a full range of motion to enhance mobility. This must be done with both a throwing program and a strength and conditioning program. This is the foundation of the 3X Pitching Velocity program. This is why this off-season program is so effective in increasing velocity. If you are serious about your pitching career and you want to develop an explosive stride to help increase velocity and prevent arm injury then you must start this 16-week program today.
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