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April 27, 2008 | By Alex Eisenberg

The Balance Points of Tim Lincecum and Brett Sinkbeil

Pitching Mechanics - Balance Point, Tall-and-Fall, and Drifting Through the Balance Point

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Pitching Mechanics - The Balance Points of Tim Lincecum and Brett Sinkbeil

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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):"

Brett Sinkbeil's tall-and-fall pitching mechanics Brett Sinkbeil "Tall-and-Fall"
The pitching mechanics of Tim Lincecum Tim Lincecum Drifting Through Balance Point

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