Improve Throwing Velocity - Hip to Shoulder Separation



Hip to shoulder separation is the difference in time between the hips reaching full/peak rotation and the upper torso reaching full/peak rotation. Increasing separation between hips and torso will allow the athlete to store more elastic potential energy before firing the upper half and is proven to increase throwing velocity. 

We have included a very palatable and easy to understand video below to better explain the concept of hip to shoulder separation and how you can you implement this to improve your throw. You will find (too) many videos and articles out there teaching this concept with regard to how it influences pitching velocity in baseball.

Unlike dodgeball, videos on baseball throwing mechanics are very accessible, so although most resources teach this concept in relation to baseball as the primary application, this can also be directly applied to dodgeball. However, is important to remember that in dodgeball, you not always in the most mechanically desirable position or have the luxury of time to execute a mechanically perfect throw. That is why it is important to understand the biomechanics of how to efficiently generate power so that you can make the most of the position/situation you are in on court. 

Don't over complicate things! If you are or have been successful in sports such as tennis, cricket, softball, volleyball then, chances are you already have a good grasp of this concept.

Credits - 
1. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, 22, pitches the first inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on October 9, 2015.Image taken from-
2. Credits to YouGoProBaseball (

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