The 3X Pitching Velocity Program has made a big name for itself online, due to its ability to produce results for any age and at all levels of the game. The foundation of the approach to pitching is 3X or triple extension, which is a component that is mainly effective for the pitcher. 3X is what allows a pitcher to build their maximum power down the mound. With an outfielder and even an infielder, they do not have the surface of the pitching mound to deal with and they do not start in a static position like when on the rubber. This means triple extension is not a necessary component for the fielder. All the fielder needs to maximize throwing velocity without slowing down his time to release is a double extension of the drive leg to begin the high velocity movement.
2X Velocity Program for Position Players
The key for position players to increase throwing velocity comes in these four components; 2X Force Production, the Force Vector, Front Leg Extension and Hip to Shoulder Separation. If a position player wants to increase throwing velocity, he must enhance force production through the extension of the ankle, focus his force vector towards his target, stabilize and extend his front leg at front foot strike and convert this force or power into hip to shoulder separation. If you are new to this site and this approach to high velocity throwing, then this may be the first time you have read these terms when describing the throwing motion. Here are some simple definitions of these components to help you understand this approach.
Force Production – This is the force applied in the throwing delivery either through the drive steps or step, before front foot strike. In the last drive step force production is enhanced through the ankle kick of the drive leg. This will start force production at the foot where the body is in contact with the ground and this ground reaction force will move up the leg, into the hips, to create hip rotation.
Force Vector – This is the direction of the ground reaction forces. The force vector is the angle of the drive leg ankle to knee. The ankle to knee or force vector must be in line towards the goal or target.
Front Leg Stabilization – The front leg must also produce force which comes at front foot strike. When the front foot lands, this force moves into the ground and where there is an action there is an equal and opposite reaction which is that force moving back up the leg. If the leg continues to stabilize, this force will travel into the hip, to assist in creating hip rotation.
Hip to Shoulder Separation – This is the most critical component of all throwing deliveries. All the other components are used to serve this main component. Enhancing hip to shoulder separation at front foot strike is the key to reaching your top velocity from any position. This component describes the separation of the back hip to back shoulder at front foot strike. The more hip to shoulder separation the more coil or torque in the core which will create more velocity while reducing the stress on the arm.
The difference between the 2X throwing motion and that of the 3X Pitching motion is minus the knee extension. In the 3X pitching motion the pitcher uses the extension of all three joints in the drive leg to build as much power as possible. This is not necessary to the fielder because the fielder has an advantage with the added momentum from the movements into the throwing motion. This added momentum from the few steps moving into the throw, plus the extension of the ankle kick and the front leg, give the fielder all the power needed to create explosive hip rotation which potentially will generate optimal hip to shoulder separation.
The similarities of the 2X throwing motion and the 3X pitching motion is everything after this force production. Speed and power is still just as important to generating velocity, in both throwing motions. The more powerful athletes in the field will also be the harder throwers, if their mechanics are using their full power, like here in the 2X throwing approach.
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