Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tim Lincecum - World Series Pitching Ace

photo by Dirk Hasen

World Series champion Tim Lincecum uses his legs and hip rotation to generate momentum and energy while pitching. His leg stride is amazing - 7.5 feet. The arm comes along for the ride. 

Lincecum learned his pitching mechanics from his father, Chris - who designed a weight-training program for Tim and videotaped his amateur games. Together, they reviewed the video the next day and the feedback helped Lincecum refine his pitching technique.

A New Ace for a New Era by Tyler Kepner

Lincecum credited a new workout, focused more on his legs and core muscles, with smoothing his mechanics and invigorating his preparation.
“After that,” he said, “it became more of just what I wanted to throw as opposed to how I was going to throw it.”
It also kept him strong down the stretch, with a 9-2 record and a 2.17 E.R.A. from Sept. 1 through the end of the World Series. Over 78 2/3 innings, Lincecum had 95 strikeouts and 17 walks, and opponents hit .188 against him. (source: NY Times)

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