November 7, 2010
My son Gabe (basketball shot guy) was just drafted as the second pick in the 25th round (#753 overall) of the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners! The icing on the cake was, it was his 18th birthday on 7 Jun 11, what a great gift! And he still has a full ride to Cal-State Northridge if he decides not to sign, which leads to (here we go again!) more questions.
– You experienced both college and pros, do you have any insight as to making this difficult choice?
– Is the pro circuit as “dog eat dog” as everyone says it is?
– He just turned 18, what should he expect and be prepared for in the event he signs?
Just FYI, I am a member of Dick Mills' All About Pitching Program and Paul Reddicks' 90 MPH Club, I have read numerous pitching articles from Dale Ellis' The Complete Pitcher website, visited chrisoleary.com, and spent a lifetime on YouTube and different websites trying to understand the mechanics of pitching (and hitting). I've spent thousands of dollars trying to get my two sons the correct pitching information and results that everyone promises, but with minimum results. I have to give it to you, the $157.99 that I paid you has to be the best investment that I made for my kids' careers! If there is pitching instruction out there that is better than what you offer, I have not found it yet. Mahalo Nui Loa for all of your help!
April 27, 2008
– Should his drive leg be slightly bent in force vector so he will be able to 3X into foot stike? It seems like if his drive leg was straight he would be late in his timing and it would be difficult to 3X and decreasing his momentum. Is it similar to “drop and drive” mechanics?
– I know that hip/shoulder separation occurs just BEFORE foot strike. Does forward trunk tilt occur AT foot stirke? And in one of your analysis videos, you mentioned “leading with your left pec (right hander) into forward trunk tilt (I might have heard wrong?). Can you expound of that?
Yes, you want to load weight on your drive leg as you aline your force vector with your front hip. You must start triple flexion before triple extension. It is different than “drop and drive” because your momentum must be moving forward while you are loading on your drive leg.
No, forward trunk tilt comes late in the delivery. I am talking about the importance of the glove side. Here is an article on this!
Major Congrats for your son! What a great opportunity he has in the game! I would recommend that he play college ball and continue to work hard and stay healthy and move up in the draft for next year before he decides to play pro ball. I know it may fell like a risk but pro ball is a totally different beast and it is important that he has matured and is ready for this level.
Glenn, I really appreciate your kind words. It is good to know that my time spent helping pitchers like your sons is appreciated!
November 7, 2010
In the previous post above you said “You must start triple flexion before triple extension“. Can you expound on that?
Also, I was reviewing the Instructional Videos, under Target Throws and found:
– Chest Up – Full Stride and Separation – Full Stride are the same videos
– Separation – On Knee is the Separation – Full Stride video. Is there a Separation – On Knee video?
– Chest Up – Momentum and Separation – Momentum are the same videos. Is there a different Separation – Momentum video?
April 27, 2008
I fixed the videos. Let me know if you need another coupon code.
Triple flexion is the opposite of triple extension. This is when the joints are flexing or bending. This occurs in the drive leg before triple extension of these joints. This is the beginning of force production from the drive leg. Triple flexion also occurs in the landing leg after front foot strike. This is the last opportunity to enhance force production.
If you are producing force through the drive leg while leading with the front hip you are building power through the stride. This power is converted to torque when triple flexion and stabilization occurs in the landing leg. Triple extension of the drive leg starts the hips to open and triple flexion of the landing leg slams the hips completely open as it pushes the left hip back while the right hip is moving forward with a right handed pitcher. If these mechanics occur in the correct sequence explosively then optimal hip to shoulder separation is created. This power generated through the force production of the drive leg and landing leg through the stride phase is converting into torque with hip to shoulder separation, which intiats the throwing phase. This core torque then transfers to external rotation of the throwing arm as the trunk moves forward and the front leg continues to stabilize. The next component is when the arm launches or internally rotates and all this power and torque converts to velocity.
I decided to give you my full description of the 3X Mechanics so you hopefully get a better understanding. I hope I did not confuse you!
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