Ever wondered why some pitchers seem to be able to throw it so much harder than other pitchers of similar build? Well, wonder no more!
Shingo Mitsumori, owner of Torque Athletic Performance in Deer Park, NY spent years as a minor League and Japanese Professional League pitcher. He teaches a method know as the "Torque Method" which involves getting all of your body parts working efficiently to create the perfect coil.
In his article, 3 Steps for Proper Pitching Mechanics, Shingo tells us what is involved in creating the perfect throwing motion. You would think that with a title that promises "three steps," that it would be a relatively simple process. Think again - they are three incredibly involved steps!
In the Youth Baseball Blog article, Mr. Mitsumori goes into excruciating detail, outlining all of the various parts that need to be working correctly within each of the three main body areas:
- the legs, hips and feet
- the spine (or "core")
- the upper torso and arms
The purpose of the legs is to generate as much speed as possible, he says, allowing the momentum of that speed top propel the rest of the body toward the plate as the legs come to a complete halt.
The spine is what Shingo calls the "core" of the pitching motion and is the part that is most responsible for power. The spine acts as a coil and is responsible for staying coiled until the last possible momet when a pitcher's front foot hits the ground.
Then, the spine is uncoiled simultaneously with the upper torso and arms to create the absolute maximum velocity as the ball leaves a hurler's hand.
It's probably not the least technical read you ever set your eyes on and certainly one where you might be tempted to break out an anatomy book. All in all, the blog post is a very interesting read and something that certainly makes sense.
Shingo Mitsumori is offering a free, first time pitching mechanics analysis at the bottom of his article - something he normally charges $60 for. No need to fly to New York to get the analysis; either; just send him a video. Again, you can access his article and the special deal on swing analysis by clicking here.
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day:"Your body is not made to throw like we throw. That's why you see softball pitchers pitching two or three games a day. It's a natural movement in softball. In baseball it's not a natural movement." - Jamie Moyer