Drop and Drive v. Tall and Fall Pitching

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When you talk about ‘drop and drive’ pitchers, older guys (like me) think of Tom Seaver. My son thinks of Yu Darvish. In both cases they lower their center of gravity early in the motion, bend their back leg and drive towards the plate. Some nearly scrape their knee on the ground. This approach leads to a long stride and a release point closer to the batter. Much like linear movement in hitting is translated to rotational movement around the lead leg, the ‘drive’ in this sequence turns into power that helps create hip torque and separation for a pitcher.

The alternative (arguably more modern) approach is called ‘tall and fall’. With that, you gather your self over the rubber for a longer period and let gravity assist in a more gradual release of your potential energy towards the plate. Strides tend to be shorter (relative to height) and the final release is more upright (think Randy Johnson). The potential advantage is a more relaxed and repeatable motion.

MLB: Randy Johnson

So which is approach is better? In this 30 minute webinar, Chaz Henry asks that question of Phil Rosengren, former pro pitcher and founder of BetterPitching.com. The session features freeze frame video of Darvish, Johnson, Cone, McCarthy, Kershaw and more. Coach Phil takes questions from the live audience near the session end.

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