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Jordan Beck
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I could be over thinking this entirely and it wouldnt shock me if I am, but i’ve been noticing that when pitchers are extending and driving it looks like their front hip is closed. Their front foot and knee are facing the catcher and just before they land, it looks like the front hip is still closed while the back leg is driving through looking like core torque is already being developed. 

at around the 0:29 mark, Matt Moore’s back hip is noticeably trying to come around, but i can still see his front hip.

I’ve also seen this in Strasburg and even Chapman to an degree

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Could this cause the slamming of the hips at FFS? It gives me the idea that the back hip is trying to come through but the front hip is stopping it causing torque, then at FFS it slams it open. I wouldn’t be shocked if I was over thinking this but its been puzzling me  because I haven’t felt my core rip and tighten up when pitching, I feel like this could be one of my missing links.

 

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Picture-3.pngPicture-4.png   for anyone who was confused, this is what I am talking about.
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No it is definitely rotating.

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I might have stated my question a little awkwardly. My question is, is the pitcher keeping their front hip closed on purpose (while the front foot and knee open up) to create more torque?  to me it looks like the back hip is triple extending through but the front hip doesnt want to slam open using the ground reacting forces until FFS?? It looks like its rotating because his shirt is ripping apart, but it really isnt.

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Once the front foot opens the hips begin to rotate. The high velocity pitcher is trying to keep the hips closed until just before front foot strike but once the front foot opens the hips start rotation. You are seeing early hip rotation because the hips must be open at the moment of front foot strike to support explosive trunk rotation. The key is you must start hip rotation JUST before front foot strike to support this explosive trunk rotation after front foot strike.

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Thanks Brent, was starting to over think things!

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Don’t worry it took me years to figure this stuff out!

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Was just looking at this post again and why does it look like both pitchers triple extend into a closed front hip when you’re not suppose to?

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