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IS SIDEARM BAD!?! – Pitching Delivery Problems in Baseball

November 13, 2019


What’s up Dan Blewett here today let’s
talk about is it okay if your pitcher throws sidearm so I’m kind of talking to
you parents and coaches because I get this question a lot I’ve gotten a lot in
the past that hey my son kind of like slings the ball he’s kind of like a
little bit more sidearm than his peers it looks a little bit off to me is it
okay typically the answer is no typically the reason that most pitchers
throw somewhat side arm at a young age is because the mechanics are kind of off
so we’ll go over that today but before we do make sure you check out there’s
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okay so in today’s video let’s talk about why do some players throw a
sidearm naturally now number one I want you to remember that there are no
absolutes and my goal is a pitching instructor who’s always defined the best
arm slot for any given player so I’m gonna have one kid that throws fuel from
down here and another kid that throws fuel from up here and I’m not gonna try
to make either one of them into the other everyone’s different and arm slots
can be very unique and they can be very effective one way for one kid and not
for someone else so don’t assume that something’s broken until you kind of do
a little more digging which again is why you’re here so number two sidearm is not
the norm however so even though Chris Sale and Max Scherzer they’re not side
armer I mean Chris Sale is closer they’re lower arm slot guys they’re both
like low three-quarters that’s completely fine those are two of the
best pitchers on planet earth right so we can’t say that the sidearm is not
effective or that it’s not good but most pitchers end up being in this
three-quarter or just standard overhand arm slots
somewhere around here like 10 o’clock if you’re righty or well I guess it depends
on the clock but then 2 o’clock if you’re a lefty something like that so no
one gets way over top because it’s not anatomically just very functional this
way because you have a bone that’s or does it collide with your shoulder here
and down here it just isn’t seem to be a natural either so somewhere in the
middle is where we tend to fall now when you deviate and you’re getting
a little bit more sidearm this is typically what happens so a key
component of good pitching mechanics is leading with your hip which means you
make this angle here and then starting uphill as you go down the mound because
the mound is sloped we have to resist that by going uphill so that we can land
level if we land level or slightly above level we’re in good shape and then we
can use our glove and our front side so this sort of catapult us over as our
front leg starts to stiffen and brace so those two actions having a uphill start
a level or high front side and then using the front side to pull us over it
naturally gets my arm up I’m not trying to do this right now this is where it’s
going so as I pitch as I go through boom this becomes a reciprocal action here to
here because I use my front side well my arm comes up a little bit higher over
top so what happens is when pitchers have a glove side that kind of falls
down like this or they just sort of leak down the mound like that which is very
common at younger ages the only thing that can happen then if you land down
here is do this because I land with low shoulders I can’t pull my front side
because it’s down here it’s already done I’ve already used it up if it’s up here
I can go foam and use all these big muscles in my left side to get my arm up
if my arm is already down here it’s like I’ve already used it so you’ve already
gone half way through the cycle so now I’m here I’m ready to throw I’m not
gonna do this play I’m head-butting the plate so from here my body is gonna find
a way and the way does the job is though it is rotates at the hips
so basically sidearm is usually younger ages it’s a symptom of that the other
thing that’s a big problem is that even if you have a highest front side if you
fly open a lot then the arm tends to come out down here because again anytime
you either have a low frontside or you have hips that have opened up too soon
which if you look at my shirt logo if my chest is any amount forward it means
I’ve opened up too soon before my foot hits so if I’m landing here I’ve wasted
some of my hips and now my arms got to go kind of around the ball to kind of
just find its place in the chain if I’ve done a good job and I’ve stayed close
with my chest facing more like the shortstop now my arm can go wherever it
wants to go and that’s typically gonna be up over top okay so to recap here
sidearm especially for younger pitchers and this could be anywhere from high
school and on down because if you’re in college you’ve already usually ironed
out a lot of these problems from high school and down I’ve see this I see this
at all ages from 17 all the way down when they don’t start weld on the mound
they don’t have a good hip angle and they don’t go uphill typically they’re
gonna have a lower arm slot because it’s all their body wants to do again when
they land with a low shoulder or they’ll and when they rotate it open this is the
way they can generate power the best it’s just not the most efficient way to
generate power in general even guys like Chris Sale who have a lower arm slot
they’re still landing closed and then boom their body just chooses to do it
that way there’s a lot of pitchers they land low or they land open and then
their body is forced to go that way and then when you correct that their arm
angle usually jumps a hole o’clock o’clock number so they go from 9 o’clock
to ten o’clock or 10:00 to 11:00 or they just kind of normalize that’s my
experience over the many thousand lessons and it’s just again the body
trying to be efficient with the transfer of power when we transfer power uphill
and then we go downhill the arm is going to come up over top a little bit higher
and it’s gonna figure out where it wants to be and that’s gonna be fine I’ve
almost never said hey try to try to throw a little higher or try to throw a
little lower in very rare circumstances I’ll do a little bit of that when we’re
just trying to feel for something but usually it’s a mechanical thing
that decides where the arm ends up going in space okay so hopefully this video
helped and it was a little bit long but I think this is a really interesting
topic in pitching because the whole body is a big chain it’s a big unit it’s a
big organization and when one thing early in the delivery happens it’s gonna
affect what happens later and that’s typically what happens with the arm slot
the arm slot is just sort of along for the ride it’s like the last little thing
that happens and so usually things earlier in the delivery or would effect
where a pitcher’s arm slot ultimately ends up okay thanks for watching I hope
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1 Comment

  • Reply Assault Avocado November 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    As always great video.

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