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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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The front leg and hip must remain closed until just before front foot strike to promote force production. When a pitcher strides his drive leg foot is parallel to the rubber. If the front leg and hip open up and point towards the catcher half way through the stride, this will limit the pitchers ability to drive because the drive leg ankle is now being twisted along with the knee. The body will not want to build much power through 3x because the ankle and the knee of the drive leg is twisting when it is only built to flex and extend.

To better understand this issue stand with your feet shoulder width apart and then turn your drive leg foot all the way to the right, if it is your right leg or all the way to the left, if it is your left foot. Now squat down and jump as high as you can. Then do it without turning your foot. You will discover that you can jump higher with your feet facing forward which means your power production is limited when your knee and ankle is twisted during your drive.

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Brent,

     Ron Wolforth now teaches pitchers to turn their drive leg foot toward home plate (ball of foot inside of heel) to create more energy toward the target.  Sandy Koufax pitched that way – in fact he took a spike off his shoe to make it easier to do.  How do you think that would affect force production – and do you think it would contribute to triple extension? 

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I have been coaching this foot position since the beginning of 3X. I do this with those who are struggling with the force vector. Mark McGuire also used this foot position when hitting.

Here is one of my velocity quick tips where I talk about this foot poistion.

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is it also ok to have your heel against the rubber, but your toes pointed a little towards the target?  i ask this because i struggle sometimes with having my back knee facing second base when i get into a load position.  i was thinking that i could turn my foot in a little and force my knee straight.

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i think it's okay to do that. if you look at a few batter they do that. Brent also mentioned that in his hitting analysis. but for me it gets too much momentum, because it's like the tornado(Hideo Nomo) except since it is turned my shirt is facing first (im a lefty) instead of second. and i can't control it. so if you can that give more momentum, because you're closing off even more.

       

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