Many people ask me, “How do I pitch like Tim Lincecum”? I usually say first pick his parents but then I get serious and show them how to put all his cards on the table.
Tim Lincecum is an elite athlete, just learning his pitching mechanics isn’t enough to emulate his abilities on the mound. You must first learn what kind of athlete he is and then work to develop his athleticism before you can start implementing his pitching mechanics.
In this article, I will give you a full evaluation of Tim Lincecum’s athleticism and then his biomechanics. I will give you 10 steps to follow to start emulating his pitching abilities. I will also show you how to use the 3X Pitching Velocity Program to make these improvements.
Tim Lincecum Evaluation
Tim Lincecum is 5-11, 170lbs. I was told he would ace the speed and agility testing every year with the Giants. There were stories he could do a back flip. Barry Zito told me he could sit on the floor with his feet extended in front of him and place his hands under his butt, lift his butt off the ground, tuck his feet under his butt and move into a backward handstand. I have never met anyone who can do that or who knows someone who can do that. The video clip of him below making an unbelievable play just following throwing a pitch really shows his elite athleticism.
Unfortunately, this is all I can give you for a quick overview of the makeup of this elite athlete. If I was lucky enough to have him visit Top Velocity then I could get a lot more measurables on him. What metrics we do have, may not give us the entire story, but we at least understand the plot here. He is an elite athlete and knows how to use it on the mound.
Ten Steps to Pitch Like Tim Lincecum
If you are going to have a chance to emulate or compete with this impressive athlete/pitcher, you better understand what you are up against. He is 5’11 170lbs dominating in a game of giants. He is what we call disproportionate strength. This means he is performing way above the averages for his size, so he can compete with those just above average for their size, who are almost a foot taller than him. At the same time I wouldn’t recommend trying to emulate a pitcher like Tim Lincecum, if you are not his size or close to his size.
Here is 10 steps you must follow in your training to develop the pitching abilities of Tim Lincecum. The ratings listed below are on a 80-20 scale. 80 being a high score and 20 being a low score.
- Develop Elite Mobility – I would rate Tim Lincecum’s mobility at an 80. Notice in the picture here of him in the flexed and abducted hip load of the drive leg. Very few big league pitchers can get in this position. He also can fully extend the landing leg with his trunk all the way forward. This means his hip abduction, hip internal rotation and hip flexion range of motion is elite. More than likely 60 degrees of hip abduction, 40 degrees of hip internal rotation and 100 degrees of hip flexion. His hip extension is not a big factor due to his very rotational back leg drive.
- Develop Elite Speed – I would rate Tim Lincecum’s speed at a 70. This is a rating of the speed of his kinetic chain. He runs very fast as you could see in his video above. Anyone who can perform a backflip can push a lot of force into the ground which usually translates to speed as well. He is a perfect example of a well-rounded speed athlete.
- Develop Elite Strength – I would rate Tim Lincecum’s strength at a 40. He only weighs about 170lbs which for his size is small. He obviously doesn’t carry a lot of muscle mass like a Roger Clemens type pitcher. I have read that he also doesn’t lift a lot of weight. He could definitely make improvements in his overall strength and mass. This is a great place for you to gain an edge on him.
- Develop Elite Motor Control – I would rate Tim Lincecum’s motor control at an 80. This defines how well he uses his total body to perform movements. He is almost perfectly using his kinetic chain to most effectively generate power in all of his movements.
- Develop Explosive Back Leg Internal Rotation – Notice coming out of his load position on his drive leg how quickly he completely internally rotates his drive leg. Most pitchers in the MLB can not internally rotate that fast and don’t have that much range of motion in their hips. This is why he creates so much hip rotation at front foot strike and hip to shoulder separation.
- Develop Optimal Hip to Shoulder Separation – Notice at front foot strike Tim Lincecum has slightly loaded the scap of his glove side but has yet to tuck the glove down. His shoulders are still closed to the target and his throwing arm is just moving into the cocked position with his hips almost all the way open. He also has a little contralateral tilt in his trunk. This is a critical position to achieve, to be able to transfer his trunk completely forward at pitch release.
- Develop Explosive Front Leg Extension into Pitch Release – Not only does Tim Lincecum generate a ton of triple extension power off the rubber he also finishes it extremely well with front leg extension. This movement takes an elite amount of power based on body weight. This is why 3X Pitching sets a standard of 1.5+ power to weight ratio of power clean max to body weight.
- Develop Optimal Forward Trunk Tilt into Pitch Release – Along with the dynamic front leg drive, a dynamic forward trunk tilt must occur. This is where most of the power is generated and transferred to the arm and ball. A dynamic forward trunk tilt is the product of optimal hip to shoulder separation, front leg extension and a complementary arm path that moves into shoulder abduction quickly into trunk rotation.
- Develop Optimal Timing of Pitching Mechanics – You will find Tim Lincecum perfectly delays trunk to allow leg drives to power upper body. He also perfectly times the arm path and glove side to ride and launch off of or support the trunk movements, so energy is efficiently and effectively transferred to the ball.
- Develop Consistency of these Pitching Mechanics – Based on what I have seen of Tim Lincecum’s athleticism and pitching mechanics he does an excellent job staying consistent. Once you map out 1-9 of these steps to pitch like Tim Lincecum, your ability to stay on this track will determine how consistent you will be in performing his movements.
Here is an analysis I did of Tim Lincecum a few years back showing why I believe he lost velocity over the years.
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