Article on StrengthCoach- “Introducing the Hang Clean: Prioritizing Start and Finish Posture”- Ken Whittier


After attending a Tom House Seminar a couple of weeks back, of course I learned a lot about baseball, but even more importantly, I learned a lot about coaching, and different strategies to better cue and communicate with athletes. For those who are unfamiliar with Tom House, he was a relief pitcher at the Major League level, but is world famous for being one of the most innovative and influential pitching coaches to date, and has worked with the likes of Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and many many more. Bottom line, Tom House can identify exactly what his athletes are doing incorrectly, and use simple drills to improve a throwers weaknesses.

Something that really stuck out while attending Tom House’s seminar, and is something that is consistent with our systems here at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, is the prioritization of posture. Tom House uses different drills to introduce proper posture. These drills are not dynamic, but rather static, and require athletes to hold different postures that are specific to throwing. Much like a track coach uses wall drills to pattern proper sprint mechanics, Tom House uses posture drills to pattern proper throwing mechanics.

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