Pitching on the Power Line
By Margo Pruis, Philadelphia Force Pitcher
Pitching is a skill within itself. There are so many elements that are involved in pitching. Many young players don’t realize the importance of using their legs. A pitcher’s legs supply all the power and drive behind the ball. I have seen many pitchers try to use a lot of upper body to muscle the ball to the plate. Some believe that pitching is all in the arm.
A pitcher’s legs are so important not only with power and drive, but also for control. Using a power line is very beneficial to pitchers no matter what age, but even more so for those who are just starting out. A power line provides a visual for pitchers to see where they are stepping. It can be drawn in the dirt in the middle of the pitchers mound, or when pitching indoors, a piece of tape can be put down to represent the power line. An example is provided below.
Beginning pitchers should understand the importance of keeping their body going forward in a straight line. When first learning how to pitch and throw fastballs, pitchers should stride on the power line with their plant foot. The power line provides a visual so that pitchers can make sure they are stepping straight forward.
The power line is also good when trying to locate pitches inside and outside.
A lot of pitchers try to use their arm to guide the ball to a certain location. Their stride is often straight ahead, while their arm aims to the right or the left of the plate. The way to get a pitch to go inside is by striding to the inside part of the plate or rather to the right of the power line. When trying to throw outside, a pitcher should stride a little to the left of the power line. A pitchers body can then stay in a straight line but toward the corner of location. Examples are shown below.
For the simplicity of the article, all diagrams were given for a right handed pitcher.
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