Pitching Mechanics and Stride Length

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There has been some discussion in the baseball world lately about how long a pitchers stride should truly be.

How far do your think a stride should be?  Don’t read any further before answering that question yourself.

Stride length is important because, when done using proper mechanics, you can increase pitching velocity and get closer to the batter at release of the ball.

The answer to the question is that it really does vary for everyone.

For me I always did better with a 6 foot stride.  I’m 6 foot 4 inches.  I could get away with a great stride like this without jumping to foot strike or loosing my balance.  I liked it because, at release point, I was closer to my competition and they didn’t see the ball as long.

That is one advantage of having a long stride.  Another, using proper mechanics of course, is that you can develop more momentum and throw a bit faster.

This all being said a long stride doesn’t work for some pitchers.  Why?

Flexibility plays a role.

If you have a long stride but can’t complete a proper hip rotation then you will actually decrease velocity.

So how do you know where you stand with your own stride?

Stride as far as you possibly can while allowing for complete hip rotation.

We get into great detail about stride length in our pitching mechanics/How to Teach Pitchers DVD.

You will learn how to throw faster, master control, throw more innings while staying healthy and much more!

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