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Dynamic Balance: Being in balance through a range of motion.
Head remains over belly button and between the balls of the feet throughout throwing motion
See all photos. Notice how the head is above the belly button and remains there throughout the throwing motion.
Glove side Hips and Shoulders align with target
See photos right. Notice how Omar Vizquel and the girl pictured below him have their back foot 90 Degrees to the target.
Postural Stabilization: Head remains stable and parallel to ground throughout throwing motion, directing all body mass towards target
Stride foot glides just above the ground towards target
Back knee bends slightly for balance
Stride directly towards target keeping outside side of stride foot towards target for as long as possible. This helps with late torso rotation.
See photos right. Notice how Omar Vizquel and the girl pictured below him stride 90 Degrees to their back foot.
Hands and arms
Equal and opposite: What ever the throwing arm does, the glove side arm should mirror
Throwing side elbow and glove side elbow bent at same angle
Throwing side arm height equal to glove side arm height
Glove side elbow should lead to the target
See photos top right, right, and below right. Notice how the glove side arm and throwing arm are bent at the same angle and on the same plain.
Late Torso Rotation: Keep glove side hip and shoulder aligned with target as long as possible. Try not to open up too early, as this reduces hip and shoulder rotation and puts more pressure on the arm
Block the Glove: Rotate around the glove, don't pull the glove into the waist, let the body come to the glove.
See photos below. Notice how the glove stays in front with the body and throwing arm rotating around it.
Arm angle is genetic. Throw at the arm angle that you are comfortable with. Almost no one throws completely "over the top", so don't try to.
Grip ball with three fingers across the two long seams when possible.
Note: Tom House's 5 Throwing Imperatives in Orange above.