Prowler Pull Your Way to More Velocity

Prowler Pull Your Way to More Velocity

There is a common misconception that “pushing off the rubber” helps pitchers throw faster. Many pitching instructors still teach this flawed use of this lower half energy, where the back knee/ankle stay back and refuse to drive with the hips.

Tim Lincecum was know for his stride length. He threw the ball extremely hard for his size, but was not sustainable in the the Big Leagues due to the timing issues created by his initial drive down the mound. In this Gif you can see Lincecum’s back leg stay back, which leads him to get far away from the rubber because of the push off. Therefor, his arm fails to get up into the 90 degree position at front foot strike.

Tim L Gif

The easy fix for this miscue is to create a strong first move and sustain the tension in the core muscles down the mound. Learning to use the lower half correctly is a huge advantage to help your delivery feel smooth and strong. Driving the hips, back knee, and ankle together is crucial to start to see velocity gains. The chain of energy that is transferred at front foot strike through the throw is begins with the linear back leg drive. In this video I explain a drill that will help create efficient back leg/ hip drive and promote strength through the core. The Prowler Pulls will help gain velocity in pitching by using weight and tension to let your body know if it is moving optimally.

The Gifs below are great examples of how to use the lower half 

Logan Side

Logan Front Gif

Use the Prowler Pulls to develop an elite lower half. The first move of the delivery is the the most important part of creating the most efficient transfer of energy through the baseball throw. There are many drills you can do to help back leg and hip drive on our site, so check out more of Baseball Rebellion’s pitching articles to help guide you to a better delivery.

Dave Shinskie – Leader of the Pitching Rebellion

About the Author

Dave Shinskie is the only certified Baseball Rebellion throwing / pitching instructor and writer. After spending the last year training and learning the pitching methodology under Justin Orenduff at I.T.S. Baseball, Dave will serve as the leader of the pitching rebellion and will continue to research & develop training concepts for baseball rebellion. Dave experienced a high level of success as a professional baseball player and a Division-1 Starting Quarterback, his experience as an athlete, as well as his education background, will be vital to the ongoing development of both baseball pitchers and throwers. Dave was selected out of high school in the 4th round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins, with his last MLB assignment in 2009 with Double-A Toronto Blue Jays. Following dave accepted a full athletic football scholarship at Boston College at age 25. He set BC Freshman passing records with 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where he majored in Human Development with a Minor in Communications. Wish you could learn and train with Dave Shinskie? Now you can by signing up for Baseball Rebellion's Online Pitching / Throwing Lessons!

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