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Dallas Coleman

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When I am doing the towel drill on flat ground or even the mound, my stride is a little over 6 and a half feet, my triple extension is good with my hips towards the plate and hip-shoulder separation is good enough to where my front side shoulder is pointing forward. This is a big improvement from before I started the program, but when I step on the mound with a ball to throw a bullpen it is a whole different story. When I have the ball off the mound, my velocity drops alot, my stride is barely 5 feet, my shoulders open up with my hips and my triple extension becomes terrible. Do you know any reason why I practically lose all my mechanics when I am throwing a bullpen? Is it a mind thing or is it something else?

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It really just is a strength issue. It’s the same for me. I have trouble transitioning to the mound. Because of the decline the mound has, we are required to move at a downward angle rather than the regular straight. Which then forces our legs to have to do more work to stabilize, and usually when we don’t have the strength or rather when we don’t recuit enough muscle fibers to help stabilize this very fast movement, it usually ends up in a train wreck. Work on the mound slowly and once you get the feeling right, start speeding it up until you can get to your regular speed with regular mechanics.

       

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I don’t know if it exactly is a strength issue. My leg strength is pretty good overall. Even on the mound without a ball, I still get real good triple extension and good hip-shoulder separation. It is just when I am actually going to throw my bullpen, I lose all that practice I have been doing with the program. 

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might be a speed issue then? you may not be moving fast enough to 3X. I know a guy who is really strong (405 deadlift) but throws low 80s off the mound. His 60 yd is slower than mine and I only run a 7.4. His delivery is slow and unexplosive. Just a thought.

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Yeah it could be speed but my 60 time was a 6.9 and a 7 flat at the end of school season. My delivery is slow when I am throwing the ball. There is just something that is a mind trick that when i do towel work or dry work without a ball on the mound, I do it all correctly. Then when I put a ball in my hand and try to throw a pen, it becomes a whole different story. 

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well then my suggestion is to do the med ball drills in the ace pitcher handbook. During the school year I couldn’t do them and I found learning hip shoulder separation other ways to be impossible. Once I learned how to correctly do the med ball drills about a month ago, I realized what separation is supposed to feel like. But since I still have power issues, I’m still struggling to take this motor coordination to the mound. 

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I have been sticking to the program pretty closely doing the med balls and what not. I will have to check video to see if I am doing them correctly or not. Thanks

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The towel drill is definitely not the best way to test your power pitching mechanics. It really is a waste of time because you are not actually throwing anything in this drill. It would be like a hitter testing his ability to hit the long ball by just swinging a piece of rope. I can understand using a towel to go over the basic movements but it is far from the actually performance of pitching a 5 oz baseball at a high pitching velocity.

The key here is power to weight ratio. I don’t care if you can deadlift a house, if your power clean or vertical jump is that of a 10 year old female gymnast then you will not have any power to convert into pitching velocity on the mound. Power pitching mechanics are only important when you have the power to be a power pitcher. For example, Lance Lempert from Philadelphia won a contest with Red Bull because he looks like Tim Lincecum when he pitches. Yes, his pitching mechanics are almost identical to Tim Lincecum but the question is why doesn’t he throw as hard as him? Power to weight ratio is the answer. He doesn’t move as explosive as Tim Lincecum.

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