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Brent,

I’ve seen you write many times on this site that big guys do not have to have as explosive of 3x mechanics as littler guys do. Could you explain this to me? I don’t understand why size would influence velocity. I thought that it was all about having strength and putting that strength to work through good mechanics.

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Bigger guys have more leverage. This means they have more distance between their joints. Just like on a ten speed bicycle you do not need to peddle the bigger gear faster to generate the same speed as the little gear but it does require more power production to move. I can understand the confusion here, I said bigger guys do not need to be as explosive, the more accurate statement would be they do not need to have as much speed as the little guys but they do need to have a lot of strength and power to move their big frames.

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Thank you for clearing this up. It had been puzzling me for a while. Surprised

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How big does a pitcher have to be before he is able to get away with compromising mechanics. Obviously this isn’t recommended. Is it more height or weight? 

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Tough question. Everybody is different. Each athlete has a difference in a ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch muscle fibers, difference in motor coordination skills, different skeletal structure, different mental mindset, a different lifestyle. All these factors play a role in each athletes ability. It is tough to say when does mechanics become important. The answer would probably be when the athlete’s ability becomes average amongst his competition.

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