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Ankle Kick
When/how to implement the ankle kick.
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japper2277

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Hey Brent its Jared. I got a new pitching instructor (willing to work with me on your program), and was showing him photos about the 6 components of pitching. When he saw the photos of triple extension, and compared it to my delivery he said that my ankle isn’t all the way through like Chapman and Lincecum. He then said to extend with your hip and knee and “turn over” your ankle. I responded by saying that 3x is the extension of the hip, knee, and ankle. He said he knows, but just think to turn your ankle (and eventually said turn your ankle in the air), and you will naturally explode it. I then pitched and felt like I was pitching more like Jordan Walden than chapman and Lincecum. However, it was a lot harder than I usually throw, and he said(and I felt) it was much more explosive than usual. I’m sorry I didn’t get it on video (will videotape it next week), but was wondering what you thought about it. I know that ankle extension is NOT a pivot, and that low velocity pitchers pivot, while high velocity pitchers explode through (there is an animation on one of the articles you wrote that I looked at). Please tell me what you think, and the keys to think about while attempting to achieve triple extension, especially with the ankle kick (dorsiflexion?).

                                                                                              Thank You,

                                                                                                      Jared Apper

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It sounds like by you trying to turn your ankle over you are actually extending it like he said. This makes sense because you can’t actually rotate your ankle you have to rotate your hip socket but you are not doing this when you are telling yourself to rotate your ankle while extending your leg. The point is it sounds like you are doing the right thing by extending and exploding your ankle into triple extension even though you think you are rotating it but I am just speculating. Post up the video!

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In a sense, to fully get 3X to work, yes you need to turn the ankle. If you see someone whose ankle isn’t fully turned over, they have a harder time opening their hips. But like you said, it’s an explosive movement and the ankle should turn over naturally if you’re explosive.

       

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Thanks a lot!!! That really helped. I’ll get the video soon.

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The ankle is turning over as the result of the opening of the front foot and hip just before front foot strike with the drive or 3X of the back leg. The leg is driving or extending but because it is doing this as the hips rotate it feels like you are making the ankle turn over when you are only extending it.

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