It’s not uncommon for softball players to have pain while throwing. Typically, this is due to a few factors–poor throwing mechanics, a weak shoulder, a poor throwing progression, or more. Learn how you can potentially ward off pain while throwing a softball in this article.
This article on throwing pain in fastpitch softball players is a two-parter. When part two is complete, it will be linked here.
Learning how to throw a slider is one of the more difficult tasks in baseball. The problem is that it’s not as straightforward a pitch as the curveball, and takes a lot more patience and a pitching coach who knows what he’s doing. In this article, you’ll learn slider grips, the spin, technique and troubleshooting to throw a slider.
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The curveball in baseball is misunderstood. Every pitcher thinks he knows how to throw a curveball, but the reality is that it’s not an easy pitch to master. Pitching grips only carry a player so far, and he has to know the right way to throw any given off speed pitch.
Snap it! Twist your wrist! Get it out in front!
In this article, I’m going to explain what a good curveball looks like, and how we throw one. Because developing a great curveball takes years of practice, getting buy-in first requires an understanding of how and why the pitch does what it does.
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In softball, your workout plan can make the difference between reaching the collegiate level or not. Yet, workouts for fastpitch often are created without consideration of the glutes, hamstrings, grip and lateral hips, all of which are critical for softball players. Learn do’s and don’ts in making your own fastpitch softball workouts.
In this review of the Tanner pro batting tee and the Tanner Heavy model, I’ll discuss the differences between the two, and also compare to the original model. Learn which one is right for you and the best uses for each for baseball and softball coaches, teams and players.
If you’re a coach, you’re probably looking to improve your throwing progression for your team. But the typical softball throwing progression that I see is little more than outdated drills backed by pseudoscience. In this article, I’ll show you the throwing drills that belong in every softball team’s pregame throwing routine.
Problems with Typical Softball Throwing Progressions
When I watch softball teams warm up, I often see the same few drills:
Short, quick throws from 20-30 feet (kind of like hot-potato)
Drills with the feet planted
These are all very poor throwing drill choices for softball players. Why? Because they reinforce many of the common problems seen in throwing mechanics, which include:
A low elbow (the reason many softball players throw with low velocity
Poor hip rotation (which is a root cause of the low elbow)
Early opening of the front side (which causes poor velocity, accuracy in addition to adding elbow stress)
Learn more about why to avoid the wrist flick drill in the video below:
Reasons These Old Drills Don’t Work Well
The body wants to use the legs, then the hips, core, upper body and finally the arm to throw at max velocity. Though it can be an effective tactic sometimes to keep the feel planted so that one individual piece of the mechanics can be isolated and improved, there is often too much of this in team throwing progressions.
In short, the more players move their feet, the more their body will get in sync with itself, allowing the legs, hips, core and arm to work together to produce the best mechanics…naturally.
Here’s what a Good Softball Throwing Progression Looks Like:
1-2 Drills with stationary feet.
These help players feel and work on making mechanical changes without worrying about too many moving body parts.
1-2 Drills that use most the body and teach weight shift.
These drills should teach good weight transfer and use of the front side.
1-2 Drills that are very dynamic, mimicking game-speed and the position the athlete plays.
We want to get our players ready to play, so incorporating game footwork and position-specific throws is VERY important.
The lawnmower drill is a GREAT throwing drill. It improves mechanics by reinforcing a good elbow angle while not forcing the arm to stay stationary like in the traditional L-Drill.
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Learn more about common throwing flaws, drills and tips to improve throwing velocity. Any player can add 2-4 miles per hour by following the drills outlined, working hard and practicing regularly. And, it’s free.
Some pitchers throw a fastball that has natural cut. What we mean by this is that their standard fastball–which is supposed to be straight–instead cuts. At a high level, this can help a pitcher be successful if he harnesses it; Mariano Rivera is a great example. However, for amateur pitchers, “natural cut” really just means that they don’t know how to properly throw a fastball, and in this article I’ll explain why natural cut is NOT a good thing.
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