Pitching Mechanics Drills To Throw Harder - Front Leg

In this video, Scott Haase describes his favorite drills for front leg pitching mechanics. Mastering these drills can help baseball pitchers throw harder, add velocity, and reach their dreams!

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Pitching Mechanics Drills To Throw Harder - Front Leg

The  first  drill  I  want  to  talk  about  is  to  maintain  your  root.  These  are  my  three  favorite  front  leg  drills  for  pitching  mechanics  to  throw  harder.

 What  I've  seen  with  over  a  thousand  pitchers  for  a  decade  and  a  half  is  consistently  if  pitchers  don't  maintain  their  root  in  their  back  foot  all  the  way  through  release  they  tend  to  not  be  able  to  stabilize  that  front  leg  so  what  I  tell  athletes  to  do  is  root  their  toes  so  you're  separating  them  root  your  toes  screw  in  your  back  knee  but  then  the  key  is  do  you  maintain  that  you  can  also  increase  the  strength  of that  anchor  in  that  root  by  tightening  up  your  core  and  once  this  goes  through  rotation  and  yes  you  do  lose  that  anchor  and  that  screw  in  that  root  as  long  as  you  maintain  that  root  and  that  screw  and  that  anchor  through  here  that  tension  what's  cool  is  it  automatically  transfers  right  into  the  front  leg  so  think  in  your  mind  maintain  that  strong  back  leg  and  foot  and  knee  and  core  all  the  way  through  rotation  and into  release.

 This  second  drill  is  one  I've  used  for  years  and  it's  probably  my  favorite  front  leg  drill  ever  it  is  partner  flips  my  favorite  thing  about  this  drill  is  number  one  that's  one  of  the  few  drills  I've  ever  created  or  is  one  of  the  first  drills  I  ever  created  because  a  lot  of  us  coaches  tend  to  use  a  lot  of  drills  from  other  people  that  we've  seen  or  other  coaches  over  the  years  and  in  15  years  this  is

 One  of  my  favorite  ones  that  I  still  use  to  this  day  a  lot  of  other  instructors  that  I've  trained  still  use  this  today  it's  just  a  great  drill  it's  called  the  partner  flip  what  you're  trying  to  do  without  telling  the  pitcher  to  try  and  do  anything  with  their  back  front  leg  or  anything  else  is  after  they  throw  that  a  partner  is  going  to  flip  the  ball  to  them  so  as  a  lefty  my  partner  is  going  to  be  off  to  the

 right  and  after  I  throw  I  want  to  be  strong  and  stable  on  my  front  legs  so  much  so  that  when  I  go  to  throw  I'm  still  sitting  and  basically  balancing  on  that  front  leg  it  makes  more  sense  when  I  do  it  but  your  partner  if  he  wants  to  be  really  mean  or  she  wants  to  be  really  mean  he  or  she  can  wait  for  a  while  till  after  you  throw  one  one  thousand  two  one  thousand  three  one  thousand  to  see  if  you  maintain stability  and  then  they  can  just  flip  you  the  ball  and  you'll  catch  it  so  this  is  what  it  would  look  like  throw  then  they  flip  it  to  me  and  I  catch  it.

number  three,  if  you  don't  understand  this  concept,  then  you  will  absolutely  miss  out  on  your  potential  for  velocity  and  for  throwing  harder  and  using  power.  It's  triple  digit  power.

 The  guys  that  throw  really,  really  hard  into  the  triple  digits  use  this  concept  and  understand  it  and  it  makes  all  of  this  make  a  lot  more  sense.  If  you  want  to  throw  a  baseball  really, really  hard  and  you  want  to  increase  your  velocity,  this  is  the  most  important  concept  that  I  teach  all  my  players.  It  is  the  concept  of  triple  digit  power.  All  the  guys  that  throw  upper  90s  and  into  the  hundies  understand  this  concept  either  intuitively  unconsciously  or  with  their  mind  or  maybe  they've  been  taught  this.

 But  the  idea  is  if  I  want  to  take  as  much  power  as  possible  and  transfer  it  into  the  ball,  it  starts  with  gathering  and  getting  that  power  through  the  body,

 through  the  foot,  through  the  ground  in  opposing  directions.  It's  going  into  the  ground,  it's  coming  out  of  the  ground,  but  I'm  setting  the  power  up  to  start  when  I  lift  and  start  to  drop  my  body.

 Some  guys  drop  more  than  others,  but  I'm  going  to  gather  as  much  as  I  can  in  my  back  leg.  Then  I'm  going  to  try  and  take  all  of  that  energy  in  this  direction,  both  in  a  straight  line  and  while  rotating.

 And  then  I  want  to  completely  stop  all  of  that  energy  that  just  came  from  my  back  leg  and  as  fast  and  as  strong  as  I  possibly  can  goes  into  my  front  leg.  And  then  I'm  going  to  redirect  that  energy  back  into  my  body.

 It  doesn't  go  straight  up,  it  doesn't  go  straight  back,  it  goes  diagonally  up  into  my  body.  Because  my  legs  are  the  strongest  muscles  in  my  body,  they  are  going  to  be  doing  that  really, really  fast  and  really,  really  powerfully.  And  because  my  upper  body  is  not  as  strong,  what  tends  to  happen  is  when  that  energy  transfer  happens  efficiently  and  really,  really  well  and  really,  really  strong.

 And  I  go  to  throw  and  take  as  much  energy  in  my  upper  body  to  try  to  counteract  that.  I  end  up  pretty  much  staying  put.  I  have  all  this  energy  going  back  and  then  equal  amounts  of  energy  going  forward,

 which  sets  me  right  about  here  when  I'm  done,  as  opposed  to  being  really  far  forward.  And  the  guys  that  really  aggressively  get  the  energy  transfer  back  into  their  body,  you'll  actually  see  them  propel  themselves  backwards.

 You  can  watch  big  league  pitchers  do  this,  you  can  watch  semi -pro  guys,  you  can  watch  college  guys  and  elite  high  school  guys  and  young  bucks.  When  they  throw,  they  actually  get  propelled  backwards.  So  I  actually  use  the  analogy  of  rocket  blasters  that  are  angled  at  a  diagonal.

 One,  two,  three,  or  10  rocket  blasters  that  when  you  go  to  throw,  they  propel  you  backwards.  So  what  it  looks  like  is  when  I  lift,  I'm  gonna  try  and  get  as  much  into  my  back  leg.

 I'm  gonna  try  and  get  all  of  that  rotationally  and  in  a  straight  line  into  my  front  leg  that  is  gonna  then  be  propelled  back  in  through  my  body  and  out  through  my  arm  as  much  as  I  can.

 And  if  I  wanna  exaggerate  with  rocket  boosters,  let's  say  I  need  four  of  them  to  get  enough  energy  to  propel  me  back,  this  is  what  that  would  look  like.  Do  I  want  you  pitching  with  rocket  boosters  like  that?

 No,  but  eventually  the  harder  you  end  up  throwing  with  that  concept  and  idea,  a  lot  of  things  end  up  cleaning  up.  For  more  pitching  mechanics  concepts  and  drills,  make  sure  you're  following  or  I  guess  subscribing  to  this  page  so  you  can  continue  to  see  those  on  your  feed.



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