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Jim Palmer Body LoadingBody Loading refers to the method the best and most durable pitchers employ to load and throw the baseball; with their entire bodies and not just their arms.

How they move athletically.

Body Loading contrasts with popular but problematic ideas like Scap Loading and staying Stacked or Stack & Track.

Body Loading in Pitching

When it comes to Loading and creating velocity, Scap Loading works, but it's not what the best pitchers do.


So what DO they do?

How do they create Resistance and Separation and move Efficiently?


I first started to get the sense that the emperor had no clothes when I looked at this 2012 clip of Justin Verlander.

Justin Verlander demonstrating Body Loading

Justin Verlander

What I noticed was what Justin Verlander's Scaps were doing.

Which was nothing.

It then advanced with my efforts to maximize my younger son's velocity, but with the knowledge that Justin Verlander did NOT Scap Load.

So what DID Verlander do?

This Verlander clip gave me some important information...

Justin Verlander demonstrating Body Loading

Justin Verlander

...and led me to this picture of Jim Palmer that changed EVERYTHING I thought I knew about Loading and creating Separation.

Jim Palmer Pitching Mechanics

Jim Palmer

Eventually, I saw it.

Thanks to this clip.

Notice how Nolan Ryan loads, and throws with, his entire body.

Comparison of Nolan Ryan and Mark Prior

Comparison of
Nolan Ryan & Mark Prior

In contrast, Mark Prior's spine is rigid, with his head stuck over his belly button, forcing him to generate velocity and throw with just his arm.

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