Below I have quoted a few of you from different post that have something pertaining to pitchers arm action and throwing motion. I know this has been discussed hundreds of times on this site and I don't want to beat the dead horse I'm just a bit confused and trying to understand the info I am finding. I know there are threads here that break down arm action step-by-step but I am not having luck with the search, so if someone can point me to some good throwing info I am all ears!
I tried taking my son to the local pitching coach ex pro but all we got from him was "throw harder..come on..throw harder"!!!! I think we are missing something basic and maybe just need to start from scratch.. just trying to figure this all out.
In the examples below I read one post that says "consider extending arm fully" then I read another "Why does he take his hand straight back" What is the difference? So he should take arm straight down then as he comes up the arm bends showing ball to ss or third???? or should I just ask Where does the freakn ball go when it leaves the glove??????
I would consider extending his arm fully when he initially takes his arm back/down. This may make the arm motion more consistent. If you take your arm straight down, then up, you are always going the exact same distance, with the exact same timing. Otherwise, he may use a 60 degree bend once, then 70 degree, etc.
He can work on his arm action a bit - it should be symmetrical - down-out-up-fwd. And, as song pointed out, his rear arm should extend more or "dangle" as it was explained to me at a pitching clinic.
Pointing to 3b is best IMO.
But, I think we are talking about out of the mitt - not above the shoulder. His arm should go straight down out of the mitt. His consistency will improve, if not his velocity.
Lotsa good advice here that doesn't need repeating. I too picked up on the "shortarming" -- not taking the ball far enough back. I really like the way the hips stay closed as he strides forward -- "riding the back hip", I like to call it.
Why does he take his hand straight back to 2nd base?
Don't most pitchers extend their arm down to their leg, then up? It's either a nice smooth motion (down and up), or they hold it down as long as possible.
I would not teach breaking the arms from underneath and showing the ball to 2b, I feel this can be problematic later. I would have him set higher taking the ball back elbow high, ball pointed to SS....If he starts underneath, like he shows in the clip, he will most likely develop elbow problems.
The arm motion on both kids seems to be the same. They need to keep their hand/arm back longer. I would have them fully extend their arm, so the arm motion is repeatable. They can do this in one of 2 ways: 1. take your hand to your butt and hold it as long as you can, or 2. flip your wrist down to the ground and let it come back up in an "L".
If you're talking about the arm actions, they were probably taught to break their hands with their elbows, which is a dangerous cue.
typifiies what I see a lot among younger pitchers. Their throwing arm looks like a big "C" at release. Looks like the upper arm is angled toward the sky and the bend is needed to get the right trajectory to the plate. Pitcher #2 is better, but seems to give back the advantage gained by opening his hips to the plate early.