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    2 Questions about Pitching Mechanics

    1. Should the wrists be cocked before release? Like as soon as the hands separate the wrist is already cocked back. I heard that you need to use your wrists in pitching but I'm not sure what that means.

    2. How do I get to the "flat arm" phase? I heard on Eric Cressey's site that a flat arm before release increases velocity. Is it something that I force or is it a result of good mechanics and something i shouldn't worry about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin97 View Post
    1. Should the wrists be cocked before release? Like as soon as the hands separate the wrist is already cocked back. I heard that you need to use your wrists in pitching but I'm not sure what that means.

    2. How do I get to the "flat arm" phase? I heard on Eric Cressey's site that a flat arm before release increases velocity. Is it something that I force or is it a result of good mechanics and something i shouldn't worry about?
    the wrist lays back when the arm is accelerated forward.

    I don't know what a flat arm phase is or who eric cressey is.
    I think walks are overrated unless you can run. If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps, but the guy who walks and cant run, most of the time hes clogging up the bases for somebody who can run. Dusty Baker.

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    This is an example: http://ericcressey.com/wp-content/up...er-300x199.jpg
    I think it's called "laying back."

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    That pic, by itself, is misleading. If the forearm is in the process of 'flying out' and is frozen in time in the pic, then fine. If the forearm just lays back without flying out, then that would hurt like crap (technical term).

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin97 View Post
    This is an example: http://ericcressey.com/wp-content/up...er-300x199.jpg
    I think it's called "laying back."
    I'm not sure the answer to your original question, but I suspect it has to do with allowing enough time for it to happen. This is a picture of my son at 9 with his forearm in that position. What's unusual from what I've observed is where his chest is. Not all that common for younger kids to have their chest shoved way out over a bent stride leg. Seems like this allows more separation and more time for the mechanics to unfold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin97 View Post
    This is an example: http://ericcressey.com/wp-content/up...er-300x199.jpg
    I think it's called "laying back."
    This is the effect of throwing hard, not the cause of throwing hard.

    It also depends on the arm slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris O'Leary View Post
    This is the effect of throwing hard, not the cause of throwing hard.

    It also depends on the arm slot.
    what is the cause of throwing hard?
    I think walks are overrated unless you can run. If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps, but the guy who walks and cant run, most of the time hes clogging up the bases for somebody who can run. Dusty Baker.

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