Today I want to breakdown the “Hip Hinge” movement in the pitching delivery and talk about why this move is crucial in not only obtaining high pitching velocities but also in staying healthy long term. Below you’ll see video breakdowns on this subject as well as recommendations for you to advance in your own personal development. After the initial video I’ll also include a 5 minute video explaining why it’s important to stabilize with our glutes rather than our quads.
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This next video breakdown I want to show you will cover the question of “why?” Why is it important to get into this hip hinge position when pitching?
Stabilize w/ Glutes
Now let’s talk about this move that extremely efficient pitchers are able to accomplish in their delivery and that’s a “corkscrew” of the drive leg hip. In this video below I will be working with a Mechanical Analysis client comparing him to Jacob deGrom.
Although this movement is somewhat difficult to obtain within the pitching delivery it doesn’t mean that it’s completely unattainable. I talked about the body organizing itself in such a way to complete the task and what I mean by that is how the body automatically puts itself into extremely powerful positions when it is required to express maximum power output. Typically seen in cases of athletes not having the authentic single leg stability to accomplish this movement during their pitching mechanics on the mound but yet as soon as they go to long toss or perform a pulldown variation throw their body syncs up efficiently. For more context on this dynamic checkout the links to breakdowns I’ve done in the past.
- Drive Leg Unauthentic Stability
- Pulldown Velo Higher Than Mound Velo
- How Long Toss Showcases Efficient Mechanics
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