Here is a simple drill pitchers can work on to help improve balance during their delivery. The pitcher is simply pausing for about a second at the top to ensure balance before proceeding with the pitch.
There are four Key Reference Points that every pitcher should achieve during a successful delivery of their pitch.
The four key reference points that should be achieved in every delivery are:
1) Balance Point
3) Release Point
4) Follow Thru
In this article we are going to cover the first and key reference point to pitching the balance point.
The objective for the balance point is for the pitcher to gather his weight over his back leg during the leg lift. When the pitcher’s stride leg reaches the apex of the lift his weight should be balanced over his plant foot.
Having good posture will help the pitcher get to his balance point better. Sometimes pitchers will either lean too far over their toes or lean back over their heels. This will cause the pitcher to loose his balance. Another way to improve balance at the top is to have the stride foot under the knee during the leg lift as opposed to having the heel under the buttocks.