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What’s The Right Way To Lead With Your Hips?
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Brent Pourciau USAW Certified
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Good questions but it isn’t enough to just lead with the hip. Read my article called The Sweet Spot to More Pitching Velocity. This points out the importance of the “load” position and how it is as critical to build flexion in the drive leg than it is to lead with the hip.

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Don the drill from Tom house is very interesting, but remember that leadin with the hips start with a linear movement and not a rotational movement. I’ve seen pitchers do this drill starting with a rotational movement. J, look at the posts we posted in brad seferian’s pitching analiysis. It talks about the leaning of the torso. You don’t need to have long legs to be able to lead with your hips. Try the drill and just put your butt on the wall and put your leg as far out as possible while staying closed, force vector in line and having flexion in the drive leg. I tell you, you’ll be able to do this. This is what everyone should be aiming for at the end of the drill. If you cannot do this in your delivery it’s a power issue. It is correct to tell a pitcher to keep his front for for catching up with his hips because you want to stay closed for as long as possible. It dowsn’t matter where the hip goes, but you should be trying to get to front foot strike as fast as possible with good mechanics. Read Brent’s article on perfect pitching placement of front foot strike for more detail on the line thingo.

       

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I don't have the equipment for the Sled drill in the beginners handbook.  Would this Hip drill be a good substitute?

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I wouldn’t say substitute because the Sled drill, I believe, is so much more effective but it is another drill that may help with the first move. The Sled drill is so effective because it forces you to aline your force vector. If you do not, then you can not drive the sled. The best drills in my book are drills that force you to perform the mechanics correctly or you can NOT perform the drill.

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MSTRRYAN2 said
“LEAD WITH THE HIP”

 

This verbal instruction phrase seems to qualify coaches as a “pitching coach”.  I’ve seen many players throw their hip out first by leaning their torso back over the rubber and this qualifies as “leading with the hips” for the misinformed.

 

Is there a better way to explain to pitchers how to “lead with the hip” ?  Also, How far can one really lead with the hip? The legs are connected to the hip, isn’t it only possible to lead with the hip as far as the leg is long?  Chapman and Bower have very long legs and therefore give a false sense of how far a pitcher should lead with the hip.  Would it be correct to tell a pitcher to keep his front foot from catching up to the hip so that his hips get as far out as possible?  Would it be correct to tell a pitcher that the line from the middle of the rubber to home plate is “the line that the hip follows” and that there is a parallel line that the foot follows until the hips reach maximum distance, then the foot continues past the hip and lands in the direction of home plate?

 

 

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