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Front Side Resistance

Jun 22, 2014
What drills can be done to improve my daughter's frontside resistance, especially torso and shoulder? She is almost 10 yo. Thanks


May 27, 2010
I had mentioned this topic in a prior thread and was urged to put up a thread on it so here goes a very brief explanation.

There are four major points of resistance a pitchers body needs to achieve in order to transfer energy. Missing any of these four will result in a less than optimal performance. When you look at these pics and listen to the discussion it may sound "mechanical", but in an elite level pitcher these resistance points appear to be very smooth and seamless.....and relatively speaking they are.
Right now I am just posting pics of the Four Points......a discussion on each point will probably create a lot of discussion. I'm a little short of time right now, so I will add in as the discussion flows.

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The question i have is my DGD is doing this, i am helping her, isn't the back swing to have more pull down with the elbow, instead of such a long straight back swing?

Nov 25, 2012
I think an important key to achieving good "front side resistance" begins with what the drag foot does.

You'll notice in all of Ken's photo examples above that each pitcher's thigh (with knee slightly bent) is oriented forward, roughly right down the "powerline". And shoe laces are also turned in a "forward facing" articulation of the ankle.

I think that this is essential to achieve the correct posture which helps realize good "front side resistance"
I think this sticky really got lost somehow and the importance of it is just that ..... important! I am not sure if Corlay is correct or not but I am going to assume he is and I agree with him on his statement. Front side has been an issue for my DD and I think there is much more to it than just a firm front side. Ken posted some great pics that all show what Corlay is saying which is the quote above....... achieving a good front side resistance begins with what the drag foot does. Looking back I have seen my DD's foot getting turned to second base as Java mentioned in Drive Mechanics and is backward. This was years ago but I still see her knee somewhat past 90 at times which I have read a few times tonight that it is almost impossible to bring it back. Anyway, one sticky/thread led me to another and to another and finally to this one which has been limited on information for awhile.
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Jun 12, 2015
Any drills for improving front side resistance? This is the next issue we want to attack with ours.
Jun 20, 2016
Here's my .02, a FIRM front side is really important for all the pitches and one of the first things that breakdown as a pitcher gets tired. I notice this when I'm pitching and I notice this in my students as well also the condition of the circle plays a big role in maintaining a strong front side..... Here in Cali pitchers circles are beat to hell, therefore when I practice or I'm giving lessons I try to do it on rough mounds. The reason for this is, where you land with your front foot a lot of the time will determine how your pitch will be. I plant my front foot hard and my momentum determines how well my arm whip will be, thus controlling my spin and location. If I cant land hard and firm with my front foot I have to adjust in various ways and not always favorable to my strengths.

So, to the parents out there make your DD practice striding out BIG and planting hard, do it without a ball, lots and lots and lots of times, do it on uneven or rough surfaces make sure they finish upright and tall. DO NOT neglect making them work on having a firm (not stiff) front leg. I get parents all the time tell me they want to increase the velocity in their DD's pitches it all begins and ends with the legs and nothing kills velocity more then a weak front leg.... OK I'm done take care ya'll


Softball Junkie
Dec 4, 2014
On a bucket
Thought this video was a great example of how FSR should look. No bent leg, no hinge at the waist, all the energy is transferred up the chain. Lots of good things going on here.

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