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Old 11-28-2012, 03:19 PM
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Sidearm hop to add power?

I recently discovered I can throw even faster sidearm by 'hopping' down into my shot as I release it, for a sidearm throw. Anyone else doing this? Basically instead of stepping for the last step, hopping very lightly up and releasing on the come-down.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:24 PM
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hop

Would be interested in seeing a video. Having a hard time picturing it in my head.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:24 PM
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This is basically what Avery Jenkins does. But instead of hopping, he does a circular motion with his arm before releasing. With that added motion downward, it adds more momentum, and to each to their own for the way to get that added momentum. For me, I drop my right knee downward a little to get that little more momentum but I never noticed it until I filmed my self.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:32 PM
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For me, I drop my right knee downward a little to get that little more momentum but I never noticed it until I filmed my self.
Me too. Every now and then my knee actually hits the ground.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:04 PM
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Ouch... Time for some knee pads
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:27 PM
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Ouch... Time for some knee pads
(thats what she said)

Thanx for this tidbit. I often hopped laterally, never down. Me thinks this may be easier for nose down drives. We shall see.

Also, Brad, is that bush on fire?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:27 PM
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I do the hop as well. It's kind of a skip on my back foot, and contrary to what I would have thought, I'm much more accurate with it than without. Ever since I added the hop/skip I've added about 100ft to my forehand (used to only get about 150 - 175ft - it was bad) and gained considerable accuracy. No idea why it works though.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:51 PM
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Also, Brad, is that bush on fire?
That's either cigarette smoke or birdie bag chalk.

I've found a stutter step run-up or even a little hop does more to align footwork and timing than it does to actually generate more power. That is one reason a lot of players can generate more power than on a standstill.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:19 PM
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I think I hop on my big drives. I one step or standstill everything under 350', but when I need the extra pop I do a modified foot to foot baseball crow-hop like an outfielder would do.

I find I lose accuracy with the added motion.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:36 PM
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Just like a BH, X-step that mutha' and keep your elbow in tight. Word!
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