Part 1: 2X Throwing Mechanics
How to develop a Top Prospect Player Profile in 30 Days
Hello, and welcome. I am Brent Pourciau, founder topvelocity.net, and I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have enrolled in this three-part series titled "30 Days to a Top Prospect Player Profile." Over the next three days, I will be sharing valuable insights that can significantly impact your journey towards becoming a top prospect player.
Developing a comprehensive player profile is essential for enhancing your value and excelling at the next level. In this video series, we will address crucial aspects that contribute to a top prospect player profile. Today, our focus is on throwing velocity for position players. Tomorrow, we will dive into the 60-yard sprint, and on the third day, we will explore performance enhancement techniques.
Day 1: Throwing Velocity for Position Players
When evaluating player profiles, throwing velocity stands out as a prominent measurement. Therefore, it is vital to maximize your throwing speed to elevate your player profile. Let's take a closer look at how position players can enhance their throwing velocity.
The Significance of Footwork
One common mistake often made by position players with low velocity lies in their footwork. The feet play a pivotal role in generating force for throwing. The kinetic chain begins from the feet, where the ankles connect to the knees, which subsequently connect to the shoulders. By optimizing our footwork, we can generate greater force in our arms, resulting in an increase in ball speed.
The Drive Shuffle Step
To initiate the process of generating power, we will concentrate on mastering the "drive shuffle step." This technique enables us to harness maximum power early in the throwing motion and transfer it to the front foot, thereby leading to an enhanced ball speed.
Imagine an outfielder positioned to catch a fly ball. Just before making the catch, the player executes a drive step—an assertive launch of momentum. This drive step is where we derive a significant portion of our throwing force. However, it is crucial to strike the right balance between power and control. Exerting excessive force can make it challenging to effectively organize and control the momentum.
Developing Muscle Memory
Incorporating the drive shuffle step into your practice routine can have a profound impact on your throwing velocity. By consistently implementing this technique, you will notice remarkable improvements. Moreover, employing the drive step not only increases velocity but also safeguards your arm by optimizing force distribution.
Coordinating the Arms
While our focus has primarily been on the lower body thus far, the role of the arms is equally significant. As you execute the drive shuffle step and transition into the throwing motion, your arms should be poised to deliver the ball effectively. Ensure that your arm remains flexed throughout the movement, as this facilitates faster arm speed. Additionally, timing is crucial—break your hands and raise your throwing arm just as your front foot makes contact with the ground.
Mastering the Movement
To achieve optimal throwing mechanics, it is vital to seamlessly coordinate various movements. Starting with the drive shuffle step, followed by the foot shuffle and planting of the back foot, we proceed with the rotation of the hips and power generation in the front foot. This results in what we refer to as "2x separation," a fundamental component of our 2x Velocity Program.
By mastering these movements and attaining the ideal separation between the hips and shoulders, you can unlock the full potential of your throwing velocity. Remember to maintain closed shoulders and open hips to optimize your counter-movement, thereby enhancing your overall throwing efficiency.
Bringing It All Together
Once you have individually practiced each element, it is crucial to integrate them into a fluid throwing motion. Take the time to refine your technique and ensure that each movement seamlessly transitions into the next. With diligent practice and focus, you will witness remarkable improvements in your throwing velocity.
In conclusion, by understanding the importance of footwork, mastering the drive shuffle step, developing muscle memory, coordinating the arms, and perfecting the overall movement, you will be on the path to increasing your throwing velocity. Stay dedicated and persistent, and you will see significant progress in your journey towards becoming a top prospect player.
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Coach Brent Pourciau
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach