Power Pitching: Rotate Hips Before Upper Body

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One of the most common mistakes pitchers make is relying on their upper body for the majority of their power.  Even the most inexperienced coaches can see when a pitcher is using too much arm to throw.  But how do you fix it?

If you want to get the most out of your arm, you need to learn how to throw with your legs and hips.  This means keeping a long stride with explosive power to foot strike.  Taking it a step further, your hips have to begin to rotate before your upper body does.  This way you can utilize your entire body to throw the ball instead of relying on upper body strength.

In this short video clip I show you just how to rotate your hips for maximum pitching velocity.

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  • zach b

    hi. i am a left handed pitcher. and i have a problem that i dont rotate my hips before i belease the ball.

    what drills can i do to work on this

    • Zach, go ahead and send us a video of you pitching and we’ll take a look.

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