The keys to developing powerful pitching legs is in this video. You will learn how a more explosive lower half will increase your pitching velocity. You will also learn the biomechanics of the high velocity pitcher.
In this analysis, we are pairing up Jake with Dan Coulombe. Both pitchers are similar in size, but Dan is throwing 91 mph and Jake is throwing 72 mph. That is a drastic difference in velocity. We will take a look at the biomechanics of both pitchers to see what they are doing differently. This will give us some clues as to what Jake needs to do to increase his velocity and give us an idea of what Jake needs to work on moving forward.
Powerful Pitching Legs Is Essential To High Velocity
At frame 12 we look at both pitchers right before their drives. Immediately we see that Jake has lost all of his torsion. Torsion is crucial to the high velocity pitcher and you want to try and hold torsion for as long as possible. By holding torsion we can peak our energy later towards front foot strike. By losing torsion Jake is essentially leaking energy and starting his drive before front foot strike. We also see that Dan is leading with his hips better than Jake he is 18 inches from the mound compared to jakes 15 inches. Dan is also moving faster up to this point his speed is a 2.5 to Jake’s 1.9 which means he is moving farther and faster than Jake. By moving farther and faster Dan is creating more momentum which benefits our stride and velocity.
Taking both pitchers to front foot strike we see that Jake reaches front foot strike really early at frame 16 while Dan reaches front foot strike at frame 18. This is in large part due to the fact that Dan had a good 3x drive, but Jake was very rotational and we don’t see much of a drive. Dan’s stride was 70 inches and Jake’s stride was 60 inches. This is an indication of the leg power that Dan has created through his drive. Dan’s drive allows him to land with his hips more open at front foot strike and allows him to land in a more linear front leg position. When looking at Jake we see that he didn’t have a good drive which caused his hips to open late and didn’t allow him to land in a good front leg position to transfer energy. Also, we see at front foot strike that Dan had -10 of horizontal abduction compared to Jakes -1 which shows us that dan had considerably more hip to shoulder separation. More hip to shoulder separation combined with a longer more powerful stride is always going to equate to more velocity.
Looking at the chin we see how much energy was transferred to the trunk. Jake’s chin is 47 inches off the rubber at front foot strike and Dan’s is 49 inches. Dan’s trunk speed is a 5.7 to Jake’s 4.5 which shows us that Dan’s trunk has more energy because it is moving farther and faster than Jake’s. At pitch release we see that Dan’s chin traveled 64 inches to Jake’s 57 inches. So, it went farther and faster and Dan’s front leg extended back more to 170 degrees and Jake’s front leg only extended to 130 degrees. This shows us that Dan had a superior front leg and back leg drive compared to Jake.
Review Of Powerful Pitching Legs
In conclusion, Jake needs more power from his lower half. He didn’t really have much of a back leg drive or a front leg drive. He was already a very rotational pitcher so if he can add a good leg drive and front leg stabilization while maintaining good hip to shoulder separation we should see some good velocity. To get a more powerful lower half, Jake is going to need to do heavy load training, olympic lifting and plyometrics in the 3x velocity program. Also, he is really going to need to work on the 3x velocity drive drills and front leg stabilization drills.