Should Pitchers Push Off The Rubber?

Written By: Justin Orenduff

Before I explore the reasons a pitcher should push or not push off the rubber, I would like you to answer the question below so I can gauge where most of you stand.  After answering the question below, watch the video to reveal my take on the topic.

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WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO REVEAL THE ANSWER

What exactly is hooking the rubber, learn more here.

I hope this video clarifies some ongoing questions you may have regarding this sensitive topic.

Thanks for being a part of Baseball Rebellion.

-Justin Orenduff, Leader of the Baseball Pitching Rebellion

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Aubrey Coker
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Aubrey Coker

Justin, Great video on explaining how a pitcher should fall to the plate instead of jumping to it. I have never seen hooking the rubber as you explained it, but it makes very good sense for many reasons. I have taught my players to come set and at leg lift unzip with their hands, as if they had a zipper on their shirt and fall to the plate with their butts. I have struggled with getting my players to fall instead of push because they want to load or stand directly over the back leg and then jump to the… Read more »

dalman.caleb13
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Hey Justin,

Great article for explaining important pitching topic. Two questions, first what do you recommend for pitchers at the youth level to do when faced with a mound that is dugout and no possibility to “hook’ the rubber? Also, would you say that Tim Lincecum is a good example of the types of mechanics you teach and believe to be good? Or is there another modern day pitcher you like? I know you’ve mentioned some old school guys but it would be nice to relate this to modern active pitchers.

Thanks.

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Hi Justin, Thanks for making this unique and valuable video instruction. Please help me understand the hook the rubber method: Does the back cleat actually bisect the front/top edge of the rubber? At frame time 1:14 It looks like your cleat is at a 45 degree angle against the right angle of the rubber. Is your weight being supported by the rubber itself? If that is the case would a hole in front to the rubber cause any problem for using this method? I’ve had difficulty adjusting to dugout pitchers mounds and tried moving to either side to find some… Read more »

DaveC
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DaveC

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your material immensely. Very insightful. Not sure if you have addressed this before, what are your thoughts on pitchers from the stretch position using the “sidestep” ?

Dino Balos
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Dino Balos

Hey Justin, can you comment on the position of the back knee while pushing off the rubber? It seems that it should be bending outward (not collapsing inward) as the hips go forward. thanks

Matt
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Matt

Hi Justin, I enjoyed your video and explanation. Can you tell me if you also recommend pitchers “hooking” the rubber from the full windup, and not just the stretch?

Thanks

Don Ervin
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Don Ervin

Justin, Along with your deep knowledge of pitching in particular you do an excellent job of explaining and demonstrating how to execute the proper body movements of the pitching movement from the rubber to one’s ball release and final finish position. In his comment above Aubrey mentioned muscle memory, My response to his comment is that there is no such thing as muscle memory, also there are still numerous coaches, parents and others who have contacts with aspiring young pitchers who are still under the {false impression} about lactic acid build up in a pitchers body while pitching a game,… Read more »