April 27, 2008 | By Alex Eisenberg
Pitching Mechanics - Balance Point, Tall-and-Fall, and Drifting Through the Balance Point
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"When a pitcher hits their balance point, they basically stop mid-way through their wind-up to establish balance and then start again as they head toward home plate. This is called a “tall-and-fall” pitcher.
When a pitcher "drifts through the balance point”, there is no stoppage in the wind-up. As the pitcher lifts his knee during his wind-up, you see him start to drift toward home plate before ever reaching his balance point. Momentum carries the pitcher toward home plate as he leads with his hips.
For a better illustration, on the bottom is Tim Lincecum (drifting through the balance point) and on the top is Brett Sinkbeil (tall-and-fall):"
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