Everyone by now should understand that Pitching and Hitting have a lot of things in common. Both are “Chain reaction events”……meaning the end results are based on patterns that happen before the “release or impact”. And both start at the ground……or at least need to.
Good scouts & coaches can tell if a players is using their “Lower Half” for the most part. These athletes that utilize their “Lower Half” are recognized by the scouts as the more projectable, more powerful athletes and most desirable……. No coach can deny this.
This is my opinion…….
Hitting starts with a movement backwards called the load followed by a “Ground Force” caused by the back leg. This Ground Force provides the energy that when the front leg braces up correctly…. transfers the energy through the hips causing the core/upper body to rotate at a faster rate (Elastic Energy) that in turn causes the shoulders/hands to deliver the bat at an accelerated rate…….Kinetic Chain Reaction.
Look at how Bryce Harper, Frank Thomas and MLB hit….all have the back foot off the ground which is caused by energy being transfered.
Pitching also starts at the ground…..As the lift leg is going up we should be moving our hips forward causing a pelvic load….. this is what is considered the “Gravitational Phase”…. as the lower half moves forward (Loaded Phase) we set up what is considered the “Drive Phase” where the back leg needs to create force against the rubber. When the front leg braces up correctly this energy is transferred to the hips that separate from the upper body causing an “Elastic Energy” that accelerates the “Upper Torso” and this in turn accelerates the arm action that creates faster velocity of the ball……..Kinetic Chain Reaction….
Look at Chapman, Clemens, Gooden and Ryan….all have PHENOMINAL LEG DRIVE!
So you see that both are somewhat common in that they both are “Kinetic Chain Reactions” and both start from the ground”
Know this! “Elite Athletes are Elite Athletes because they utilize Ground Force better that average athletes!”……..PERIOD!
Hitting…… Here is what I’m getting at. They days of “Squash the Bug” or “Pulling your knee forward” while hitting are OVER! We do not create energy from just rotating or the back foot of pulling! We need to create a force that will transfer to the bat……and this energy is considered “Ground Force” that is caused by what the back leg & foot does. Without this force the bat speed suffers. This “Ground Force” is what causes the back foot to leave the ground…it isn’t from lifting it.
Pitching…..I’m getting away from any coach that tells my son or daughter not to create a force from the back leg! This robs the pitcher from the most powerful source of KINETIC ENERGY that causes the hips to separate……and this is the biggest “Torque point” that causes exceptional velocity. Also take this “Ground Force” away and arm stress multiplies because the arm has to do all the work to create velocity!!!!
GROUND FORCE IS KING!
DONT LET YOUR COACH “ROB” YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OF THEIR ATHLETICISM! TRAIN THEM LIKE ELITE ATHLETES!!!
Increase the “Ground Force”…………. increase the end result……..BAT SPEED AND ABSOLUTE VELOCITY!!!
Train like elite athletes…..and may the “FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!”