Your base of support is your feet. Your body automatically stabilizes your weight within your base of support and keeps your arms free to move any way you want.
Your Balance Beam Hack
Walk a balance beam and your base of support becomes the balance beam.
To stay on the balance beam, to center your weight over the beam, your mind takes over your arm movements.
Your Hack … Flex your legs, let your knees float outside the balance beam and you fool your mind into thinking your knees are your base of support.
Rate Your Front Leg Lift
Optimal Front Leg Lifts. When you can hold your front leg lift with each knee in line with each shoulder, you fool your mind into thinking your knees are your base of support. Your throwing arm remains free to deliver your fastballs directly into your intended target.
Less Efficient Front Leg Lifts. End your front leg lift with your knees close together, and you’ve lost your base of support. Like the balance beam, when you move down the mound, you use your throwing arm for balance, and you effectively compromise your fastball location.
Upgrade Your Front Leg Lift
If you are struggling to find a way to end your front leg lift with your knees in line with your shoulders, set up a short phone call with Coach Skip.