Straight Lead Leg? | Talk Pitching | TopVelocity Baseball Forum
September 5, 2011
I’m not sure if this has been posted before, but does the lead leg need to be bent for any reason? Chapman, Chapman, Lincecum, and the Japanese pitcher all straighten their lead leg upon descent, which appears to function in two key ways: allowing the weight to sit on the drive leg and enabling the hips to lead the way and dominate the delivery rather than the lead leg. If you straighten out that leg, it is literally impossible to generate any momentum from it as all the focus shifts to your drive leg (Go ahead and try it!). When I’ve tried this, the lead leg really comes along for the ride and the hips take over, so long as your lead leg straightens before it breaks the plan of your front hip.
What’s everyone think about this?
Also, an observation: compare the Japanese pitcher, Chapman, and Lincecum. The Japanese pitcher is completely linear with his hips and lead leg. Chapman lifts his front leg up and his hips rotate his lead leg back. Lincecum rotates his lead leg way back, but still (possibly because he straightens his lead leg?) gets his hips going first. Three different styles, but all straighten that lead leg with excellent force vectors, hips leading, and keeping the weight back into triple extension.
August 28, 2011
I think having a straight lead leg is good too. I don’t think chapman does straighten his. He straightens it when he gets to his load position, like all pitchers do. It works because you give it more time to stay closed, meaning that everything is moving forward instead of your leg opening up early. You need good leg strength to perform this though.
April 27, 2008
something weird that i noted; my son has done the straight leg thing for the last year or so, so it has developed his right leg a bunch. his right leg is developed more than his left leg because of all the reps he does while pitching. an interesting thing i noticed is that my son actually runs slightly left instead of a straight line. a couple of months ago Brent had the 13U team running 60 yard sprints; i watched my son end up about 8-10′ left of his starting line by the time he got to the 60 yard marker. if it wasn’t for the ditch on his left, he might have gone further left than just 8-10′. this isn’t really a problem in baseball because the left lean helps him round bases quicker.
aside from pitching left handed, what exercises should he do to balance out the leg power?
April 27, 2008
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