12 Pitching Velocity Leaks you MUST “plug” if you want to Pitch Faster!


What’s up guys Coach Madden
yougoprobaseball.com here with Brent Pourciau Top Velocity we’re in his house
right now and in fact I made a video a while ago called the nine pitching
velocity killers and then Brent came like a little bit later maybe what how
many was it ten maybe was yeah I’m only going on one out of you man
so he made ten pitching velocity killers both great videos yeah but then you were
like I’m coming back at you yeah I said I’m doing 11 velocity killers you jerk
but this video right here we’re gonna talk about pitching velocity leaks where
guys are leaking their velocity and we’re gonna make this a little bit fun
we’re gonna have a competition I’m gonna give you one leak he’s gonna give you a
one leak we haven’t talked about this we don’t even know what we’re gonna talk
about we’re just kind of Seuss please stop yelling right now but in all
seriousness this is gonna be some good stuff because at the end of the day if
you’re if you’re creating energy and then losing it you’re not getting as
much as you can out of your kinetic chain and that’s what we’re trying to do
as pitchers we’re trying to create energy from the ground transfer through
our kinetic chain and get it out through the ball and remember this could go into
mindset this could go into what you ate I mean we could be here for a long time
so do we want to stick with mechanics on that what you want all right Brent’s gonna win this let me
start with the first pitching velocity leak and the first thing that I see and
the probably the biggest one that I see is the front leg you might in my opinion
I see so many guys when they land they’re leaking out forward this way or
out this way they’re getting too much rotational energy in there and they’re
kind of leaking out that way so that’s the biggest thing that I see as far as
the leak goes for me when I see that I like to work on and I want you to
elaborate on this before you get into your league too but what I see with that
is it’s either a lack of obviously how we’re using our rotational and linear
energy one could be a strength issue not strong enough to brace up or mobility
issues so those are the three things yeah can you elaborate on that
no I mean I think you nailed it I think it’s I mean one thing I would probably
say even more than strength issue it’s a power issue because it’s strength just
says you can you can hold a force it doesn’t see how quickly you can hold a
force and we know in the front foot lands you got point one point two
seconds and you can’t have any any movement because studies show high
velocity pitchers don’t have any lead any movement so you got to catch it
immediately and that’s power so now there’s a time to when you create your
force and that that’s what power means means or what they call rate of force
development how quickly do you turn that force on and you see a lot of guys who
are when they get in here and they brace up that knee comes back it tracks back
and they go this way but you don’t have to be straight do you know at the end of
the day it’s just it’s it’s just getting energy of the ball and of course you got
to create it and that has to do with you creating it and it has a high
correlation of velocity the more you can extend it but it just it’s how hard you
want throw yeah I mean you have to say if I did get more extension before
release I would have thrown harder because that’s what the studies show
okay what do you got number two oh I’m gonna go back leg so you know we get
this a lot when guys come to the leg lifts and they start moving they
collapse that leg right they collapse so like why is that a problem collapsing
the leg is because the legs stay strong in external tation think about when you
squat we squat here nobody squats like that right so let your wattage in
CrossFit fails on anything so that if we go here then we anti rotate we lose
stability I’m not stable here and then we just we collapse and then we try to
overcompensate so that’s a big one collapsing back leg is huge okay now let
me ask you this and you can elaborate on this I would I talked about as far as
back leg goes I think differs a little bit from what how you speak about it for
me I call it the angled corkscrew so I actually do want to be inside of my back
foot slightly and I think that you have to have good hip mobility to do this to
create that I don’t want to collapse it I want to create that angle and then
kind of corkscrew out spurt the foot towards you yeah so what I was just
saying is you’re right I don’t you’d be in 20 rotated it is better to
be externally rotated but yeah you can keep it inside your knee you just need
to be exercising rotate so that is a good point
awesome awesome this so this would be number three right pitching velocity
leak number three what I see is guys who lose their energy with their upper body
so they leak out energy this way they don’t block off okay and I’m interested
to hear your thoughts on this because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a video where
you talk about this I’m sure there is one I just haven’t seen it what I what I
like to teach my guys is when they separate to be 45 degrees closed off for
more this way with their arms but then when they unwind they want to block that
energy off so they can get finished more linear this way if you’ve got a guy who
just spins out and flies out the way I like to think about that is all your
energy is going this way it’s almost like you’re running if you were running
with a flag if I’m running this way with a flag the flag is gonna be going that
way if I’m pulling all my energy out this way all my energy is gonna go this
way my arms gonna fly out and I’m gonna be leaking my energy that way that’s a
great one glove side is a key one studies show that low velocity pitchers
have more left to right movement with their glove sides high velocity pitchers
are more they just turn it over typically and and then it the energy is
really coming from somewhere else so you’re right if you’re using this to
create injury in their energy it’s usually rotational energy and it’s
flying it off and taking your energy somewhere else that’s a huge one really
good one you’re up no more so here we go I’m gonna talk about that the posture
let’s talk about posture and head in the head position right so if either way if
my head gets too far this way my head gets too far that way if my head gets
too far this way if I head gets too far that way it kind of goes along with what
John’s talking about leaking or pulling across your body this is your posture
this is the balance of where you are so I have to really keep this over my mike
my trunk over my hips and like like the whip all moving balanced towards the
target and once I let this head go here where do you think my Energy’s going you
know that election that’s why you see sidearm pitchers they start moving like
a regular pitcher and then their head starts doing that and that’s where we go
i’m–you’re where if I start leaning this way then you know that I’m flying
off this way or if I want to start early and then everything transfers early so
to me the head the posture is huge to prevent a big loss energy and in all
directions I always say the best place it needs to be is just behind your front
hip so just behind it not all the way back here because that could slow me
down right or not in front of it not over my my belt buckle
not over my but just int balance just behind my front hip and then it’s all
about riding all that energy towards the target at the end of the day we’re
athletes we should be athletes we need to be athletes and you got to be able to
use your body the right way and that’s a great one
I like that number five I’m glad you’re keeping up with the numbers here we’re
gonna track the number five what I got for you is let’s talk about the
separation from the lower body and upper body I see a lot of guys when they start
pitching and maybe this is not so much of a leak but just not getting as much
as they could have right yeah so when they when they’re driving out their
shoulders are moving with their hips and I see this a lot with especially younger
guys high school age guys even some college guys you’ll see that too
obviously they’re not throwing as fast because they’re not getting the
separation that they need hip to shoulder separation you want to have
more separation between your lower body and your upper body and like I said
before I like to tell my guys to separate at 45 degrees or more closed
off so now you’ve got this upper body already closed off as you start moving
down the mound and once you get used to that timing of separating the lower body
to the upper body you’re gonna be able to create more energy or get more out of
the energy that you’re creating to put it through the baseball so that’s number
five you got anything to add to that no I think you know that sounds pretty good
you got number 66 right now here we go so we should get into the arm path I
think the arm path is gonna be key too so just like we want to separate just
like we want to pull hips and shoulders apart we’ve got to be careful with this
and we get into the arm path if we overdo it we exaggerate the tips I’m
giving you it could throw off the timing and really hurt your arm so you got to
be careful when you start playing with the arm path stuff but just like wanting
to separate the hips and shoulders we have to take the elbow and we have to
load the SCAP or pull it back and get it you know is me not trying to overdo it
but get it nice and tight and pull it behind the shoulder because just like
pull in the hip and shoulder apart gives you more time to create energy pulling
the elbow away from the shoulder gives you even a little bit more time to load
the arm and carry that energy forward so and there’s a study that also showed
that they compared Korean pitchers to like I think American pitchers and
one of the key things that Korean pitchers then they through slower than
American pitchers on average in the study the one key things that they
weren’t doing as well as they weren’t it’s called horizontal abduction pulling
the elbow behind the backs cap loading there so like I said be careful with
doing that because it can go it can go bad if you go too far and get too
aggressive with it but it is a key point so if you’re if you’re cocking the ball
here and then you start cocking it here you know it’s a leak you’re losing
energy cocking it out here than if you were cocking it a little bit more behind
your scalp and you’d get more separation as well right it will add even even if
you’re here and you’ve got good separation with your shoulders you’d be
better if you were more Scout loaded SCAP loaded yeah cool another one seven
seven who knows seven no I did six okay so for this one I’m gonna talk about
flicking the wrist here all the time you gotta flick that wrist to get the
backspin and get maximum velocity right I disagree and I don’t know where you
stand on this but if you’re coming through and you’re trying to stay
straight behind that ball and flick like this you’re gonna be losing a lot you’re
gonna be leaking a lot you’re not gonna be getting as much as you could how I
see the wrist working is we’re going from supinating which is kind of this
position with the wrist to as I get to a release point
I’m turning it over and pronating it through a release point so that’s kind
of the flick of the wrist if you will or how I think you should work or how I
used to feel it working was coming through it and getting extension not
only with the wrist but the shoulders as well so getting the extension with the
front shoulder and then coming through it so my extension with the wrist coming
over and and pronating is how the wrist should really work in my opinion what
you think about that guy yeah I think as I add to it is like everything’s action
reaction so the action is what’s happening when you’re turning your
shoulders and your cocking your arm it actually throws force in what’s called
supination which is the thumb going back so you’re actually trying to resist that
force right so you cock the arm and you turn and this wants to swivel against
that movement and you resist it so what is the the action of resisting a
supinated forced pronation so that’s why you gotta be careful like trying to
point the ball to second base you got to be careful like if you’re doing this
long arm you might be preventing that good
supinated resistance which fires all that good pronation that john is talking
about so think action-reaction what’s the
action the action is to resist supination to then turn and also to to
resist external rotation because that’s what you’re trying to do you don’t want
your arm to keep spinning around and that’s going to create the reaction of
internal rotation pronation right so just be careful when you’re playing with
your arm that you’re not not allowing it to do that to create that nice efficient
release of the arm movement but because that was gonna affect velocity and it’ll
really start to mess with injury you like it it could start causing
inflammation so where should they be so if their guide and they heard their
pitching coach always saying point it back to the second base where actually
should they start where’s that personal preference or so it works best this way
if you’re an early arm cocker which is all based on when your front foot lands
if your front foot lands and you’re already up you’re an early arm cocker if
your front foot lands and you’re still coming up you’re in a late arm cocker so
if you’re an early arm cocker you want to be more pronated because then that
helps with the scalp loading because see if I’m supinated now I’m externally
rotated so I want to pronate to help with the scalp loading if I’m an early
arm cocker because I wouldn’t want to do this and then land and I’m already open
if I’m a late arm cocker I don’t want to be more pronated because them arms gonna
drag so I can be more supinated if I’m a late arm cocker because my arms late to
get up and it’s going to apply the force later back on the arm so you can be more
supinated you just gave me another one so I’m good for at least one more round
okay I think we could nitpick and keep going so I think we’re on eight I don’t
know why I’m remember the numbers but hip extension right so you know guys we
won up just like you’re talking about 45 degree with the trunk well make sure
it’s in the hip the hip needs to counter we need a counter into this hip to flex
to allow for extension and also delay rotation it does two things it delays
rotation and gives us more flexion to create extension so if I’m this guy just
lifting and I’m already showing my back hip like right out of the gate I’m
losing all that energy that I could get in delaying rotation because then we’d
have to create faster rotation lay and I’m getting more flexion so now I
can power through the glute the hamstring the lower leg more extension
and we know that’s ground force if I’m separating that’s more energy up the
chain that’s a great one that’s great and you see that a lot a lot too with
with young pitchers how do you use the king of the hill to work on that so the
king of the hill is a coaching aid to tell you how well you’re creating force
and when you’re creating force so if you don’t know the king of the hill it’s two
sliding plates that the only way we can make it bang is if we push hard enough
against the plunger in a direction back towards second base so if it bangs it
means we got linear meaning we got the force vector which is the ankle to knee
down and we pushed back towards second base and ultimately we want to hear that
bang just as we’re landing if I hear it after landing it was too late I drove
too late we have to hear it just before we land that popped that bang off the
king of the hill and it gives us that good feedback that we pushed hard enough
because you can crank it to make it harder and we pushed at the right time
at the right angle and you sell the king of the hill on your website and so do
you I sure do and I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that I have
a two-year-old he’s gonna be going to college one day here soon I like to
close and I like to feed him as well so you guys make the decision I got an
eight year old and a five got cut and they’re girls haha what uh what number are we on nine all
right number nine nine pitching velocity leak I’m gonna talk about the guys who
when they when they come down the mountain and they’re getting high with
the shoulder it’s almost like they’re their star fishing as they get down and
the shoulder is higher than you know they’re Cup they’re coming out of that
SCAP load position and they’re getting too high see a lot of guys doing that
and I think it might be a missed coaching cue because you hear all the
time get your arm up get your arm up get your arm up and I see that and it just
look they look jammed up and it’s not smooth it’s not fluid and those guys
typically don’t throw very hard and if they do they’re putting themself at at
risk to get injured so that’s a big one as far as leaking velocity or an order
just putting yourself in a bad position and jamming yourself up and not be able
to being able to create as much as you possibly could got anything on that well
I think the same thing on you’re gonna mess with that action reaction to really
coil in the arm you’re fighting against allowing it to naturally do that that’s
where you got to be careful but that’s thing that’s a great one
perfect number ten ten huh you’re gonna you’re gonna kick yourself that you
didn’t think of this one alright front foot strike where do we land do we land
close good one we land open right okay here’s the thing and this can get crazy
if you’re if you’re a big rotator I would suggest you not be in but if
you’re a big polar and rotator you’re gonna do better landing more clothes
because it’s gonna give you more to range or more angular distance to cover
to create speed so if you’re a puller and you land here you don’t have much
time you’re gonna be like right so and I’m not promoting you being a nova
rotator but just know if you’re leaking velocity if you’re landing too much to
the open side if you’re a driver you could probably land more to the open
side but still the studies show if you take your back foot and you drill a line
to the target from the middle of your foot to the target you want to land
about six seven inches inside that and because we drive in the front foot
you’re technically going to be toe to heel and you want to be 20 degrees
closed why is that because because what you’re doing is you’re landing that
slightly across your body is because your your femurs connect and they
actually kind of like dogleg into your hip sockets and they they’re out here so
we have to actually bring the foot across our hip so one more hips open
they stabilize towards the target if I land it if I went just straight and line
and then tighten my hips up now I’m shooting off to the on-deck circle
so landing you know that seven inches across 20 degrees as I Drive through
well my hips open up now I’m locked down to the target and everything can
accelerate towards the target so you’re leaking if you’re going open I mean at
the end of the day the more open you go the more velocity or losing that’s a
good one I am kicking my heart this is my last
one this is all I got right here so if you got another one you know I’m
conceding victory okay so think of your last one here my last one is the some
guys call it the pulldown or that for me I think of pitching as the linear energy
then the rotational energy and then that last linear piece and then blending it
all together but I see a lot of guys they either don’t get that last pulldown
at the end or they’re kind of already into it as they get into their front leg
so that’s a huge one you’re losing it if you’re already into it obviously you
don’t have it and then guys who are finishing way too tall they just they’re
not getting as much out as they could if they can get that get onto that angle
that we were talking about earlier so that’s that’s my number 11 you got
anything to add to that one man I think I’m the one I’m thinking about might be
exactly what you were talking about in the beginning to get the front leg more
extended that was the other one I thought about but I mean I could say
this tell me you might go along with what you’re talking about because what
you’re talking about is getting the trunk more forward right because that is
a big piece but the studies show it’s not just about getting the trunk more
forward which it is but there’s more it’s getting them they are more laid
back so that’s gonna be my last piece watch this go for it so why do they why
do we lay back the arm right why does the arm lay back a lot of people say
it’s to create that plyometric effect right it’s like cranking on the the
catapult yank it back and all that muscular fires it well that has
something to do with it but more importantly and I guess it kind of goes
into you what you were talking about when we let the arm lay back at the
right time typically right when the trunk squares up not any later where it
gets out here if the elbow gets in front of the trunk it’s too late if we get the
arm laid back right when the trunk squares up now it’s gonna give us all
this time to push the trunk forward before release so the arm laying back is
actually a mechanism to allow the trunk to go farther forward to put more energy
in the ball and that’s like the whip as I Drive the handle of the whip forward
that’s going to carry more of the body the whip which is where most of the
energy is that’s going to go up to the end of the whip so that’s what we’re
doing with the arm so if I get the arm to lay back just when the trunk squares
up now I can carry the the trunk more to the target before the arm in
20 rotates potentially getting more energy into the ball which is a huge
velocity leak because you see a lot of kids just wanting to stop their trunks
or the arms are late and it kills all that velocity that they can get up the
chain it’s great great points that’s all I got for you
so I concede victory to you congratulations
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good job because they’ll come up and they start moving down the mound and
this back leg is kind of really straight let me ask you something if you were
going to try to jump as high as you can would you jump with a slight bend in
your leg or would you really get down there and explode up you don’t want to
get down or get into your legs and explode up Bend those legs

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