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    Default Tried the two step drill tonight for the first time

    This was my daughter's first time out in 6 weeks. I was trying to get her to pitch at 80% and try out the two step drill. Neither one of us excel at looking at videos and applying them perfectly. It sure looks to me like she is stepping down instead of more of a step back. Looking for opinions.

    Unfortunately I did not film any of her normal pitches.

    https://youtu.be/_Lwma-sX9eA


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    While I see some other issues I will speak to what you are asking. As far as her drive sequence. In my opinion its pretty good. The only thing I would suggest as far as working with that particular drill, is its a bang bang sequence. By that I mean her stride foot should not sink down flat footed, set her drive foot and go. It should almost like she is stepping on a tack with her stride foot ( rigid lever) then immediately drive out and transfer to drive leg. Bang/Bang hope it makes sence

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    I have a hard time spotting things which is why I don't coach or teach. I know her shoulder was popping up in the video. That will be fixed next time she goes out. It always takes her a few weeks to get back in sync after time off. She knew she was off on a few things, but our first night out was strictly to get her arm moving again and to work on some drive drills.

    We will work more on a faster transfer in the drill. We have been told, many times by many different people, that she is leaving 3-5 mph from her drive. I really wish I had taken a video of her normal pitch so I could compare it the 2 step drill she was trying to see if I could see more drive.



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    While I see some other issues I will speak to what you are asking. As far as her drive sequence. In my opinion its pretty good. In my opinion. The only thing I would suggest as far as working with that particular drill, is its a bang bang sequence. By that I mean her stride foot should not sink down flat footed, set her drive foot and go. It should almost like she is stepping on a tack with her stride foot ( rigid lever) then immediately drive out and transfer to drive leg. Bang/Bang hope it makes sence

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    I We have been told, many times by many different people, that she is leaving 3-5 mph from her drive. I really wish I had taken a video of her normal pitch so I could compare it the 2 step drill she was trying to see if I could see more drive.
    Why I am by no means a coach. If I were looking for an increase in speed I would focus more on release and hip angle as it relates to shoulders.

    Pay close attention to her shoulder vs her hips at release... Get her up on that rear toe

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    DD is a work in progress but the angle I am referring to should look more like this I feel.

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    I will add one last thing as far as why I feel the hip angle is a speed killer. Your DD is has IR but in leaving her drag leg behind (dragging the side of foot) her hips are staying too open. It appears to me she is missing whip because of this.

    Her arm appears to fly right through the brush phase and her upper body is actually over rotating. This is just an observation and I'm sure others may be able to help more.

    So in my opinion her drive is not the issue. While we all want an explosive drive your Dd drive is pretty good. I feel if you focus a little on what I pointed out, that will help get you the speed you are after.



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    2 step gif

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    Along Matt's line of thinking...

    There are two ways to get better at a physical task:

    1) Increase your capacity to create energy
    2) Increase your ability to transform energy you create to useful work.

    Most people spend their time trying to do #1. (and there's no "wrong" in this... but there is another option).

    However, how much speed is she "leaving out there" when she lowers the shoulder, leans slightly forward, and misses the whip? I ask you this rhetorically... but I'm certain you can imagine the answer... and in doing so... can also imagine how much the 2-step could help that gained efficiency. Conversely... giving her more "energy" could cause an injury down the road... if the "system" is not efficiently aligned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt View Post
    Why I am by no means a coach. If I were looking for an increase in speed I would focus more on release and hip angle as it relates to shoulders.

    Pay close attention to her shoulder vs her hips at release... Get her up on that rear toe

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    Thanks for the advice. I *think* some of the things you are seeing are partly due to her not pitching at full speed. Her mechanics are all messed up with a slower arm (at my request) after the time off but the body still does some things at normal speed. I will try to post another video in a few weeks when she should be more synchronized.


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