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Sebastian McAlister

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October 1, 2012 – 6:05 am
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Hi Brent

I have been working for a couple of weeks on stride length to get the full length of my height to my stride or at least create a few more inches of stride length. When I try to stride out further I can only get an inch further that what I have done in the past. I move very explosively down the mound at a fast pace and would like to create a stride my height but I cannot seem to do it. I also lead with my hip at the start of my leg lift so I can get momentum but I cannot seem to get my stride longer. Do you have any tips on how to fix this.

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I’m no expert on this, but I believe that there could be a few reasons for this case.

1. Poor strength base – you need to be able to handle all the weight that lands onto your lead leg. If it can’t it will try and shorten the stride because less strength is needed to support the speed and momentum falling onto the leg.

2. Imbalance with leg strength – similar to the first, you could have imbalance with leg strength and your back leg could be much stronger than the lead leg, creating the speed and momentum, but landing with a short stride. This is very unusual and the same thing happens that it will shorten because of the lack of strength.

3. False start – you may be leading with the hips at the start, but it may slow down instead of speed up during the delivery. The peak speed is not at release. The back leg may stall and slow down, meaning you’re not generating momentum from the start of the delivery.

The most common would be 1 as many people cannot support up to 1.5 of their bodyweight on the leg. Try getting as low as possible, getting the force vector as lined up as possible. This makes the lead leg have to reach out further so that it doesn’t flex. Unless, if you land with the leg flexed, all you need to do is to reach out so that your foot is past your knees. I’ll leave it up to Brent, I may somewhat be making things up here, :D just spouting random things.

       

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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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October 1, 2012 – 9:34 am
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Stride length is based off of 3 things which are all key components in 3X Pitching. The 3 factors that determine stride length in the 3X Pitching delivery is:

  1. Closed front side until front foot strike
  2. Linear Force Vector
  3. 3X before or just at front foot strike

You can analyze your video to see if these 3 factors are occurring in your delivery. You can also send in your video for analysis so I can show you if these factors are occurring.

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