One of many frequent flaws you will notice even in in any other case robust pitchers is a bent to stay their butts out towards first base (proper handed pitcher) or third base (left handed pitcher) after they land. I name it monkey butt, since that’s what number of primates “current,” whereas Rick Pauly calls it the “ninja” place.
It doesn’t matter what you name it, what you find yourself with is a posture challenge the place the shoulders are usually not stacked up on high of the hips. As a substitute, the hips are cleared out of the best way so the arm can come by means of the discharge zone unimpeded reasonably than making brush contact.
You may inform pitchers they should keep stacked, hips beneath shoulders, however they will’t at all times really feel what which means. In different phrases, they don’t understand they’re sticking their butts again; that makes it fairly powerful to right.
One description I’ve heard of learn how to encourage them to maintain the hips beneath the shoulder is to think about cracking a walnut between the butt cheeks. If you happen to do this, you’ll are likely to convey the hips/butt in reasonably than sticking it out.
The issue with that’s youthful pitchers specifically could not have a lot expertise cracking a walnut with their palms. So whereas they might nod and say okay, they might not fairly be capable of perceive what you really need them to do or how a lot stress they should apply.
The opposite night time, nonetheless, I discovered a superb cue that not solely pertains to a reasonably frequent human expertise; it additionally has the advantage of being a kind of humorous belongings you don’t ordinarily discuss, particularly in a pitching lesson. It feels such as you’re conspiring on a secret.
What I instructed a few pitchers with this challenge was “Think about you will have a bit fuel on the point of come out, however you don’t wish to let it out. As you land, do what you want to do to carry it in.”
The pitchers instantly acquired the idea, and went from monkey butt to upright posture instantly.
I gained’t say it’s a miracle treatment. After some time they might get again into monkey butt place once more. However by saying “maintain the fuel in” they’d instantly get again to higher posture. I count on as they acquire extra expertise they’ll study to get the proper place mechanically – similar to the rest.
In case you have a pitcher who simply can’t appear to keep away from pushing her hips/butt again, give this cue a strive. You might get some unusual seems to be at first, however I’m fairly certain you’ll get the outcomes you’re in search of shortly.