First of all, there is more than one way to throw a drop ball, curve ball, dropcurve, curve drop WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL this pitch. Basically? It's a DROP THAT TAILS outside (if you're a righty) inside if you're a lefty). THIS is ONE of the ways I teach this pitch. Obviously, I differentiate based on the pitcher's tendencies and strengths. ANYWAYS--
MAIN POINTs to consider:
1) step toward where you want to throw it--GLOVE HAND SHOULD. ALSO POINT TO WHERE you're intending to throw it (outside for righties)
2)at release your front shoulder should be a tad lower than your back--slightly on your front foot--THIS IS NOT GOOD WHEN THROWING OTHER PITCHES THOUGH BECAUSE YOU CAN LOSE VELOCITY IF YOUR WEIGHT IS TOO FORWARD
3) release by belly button (body positioning should be open/ sideways ) lead with your thumb (hand behind the ball)
4) hand finishes palm down, pointer and middle finger are pointing to the outside of your front foot's pinky toe. MORE EXPLANATION IS in the video, but feel free to ask more in the comment section below! #spinforthewin#pitchingmechanics#softball#fastpitchsoftball#fastball#pitchingdrills#pitchingcoach#pitch#pitcher#pitching#softballlife#softballgrip#screw#screwball#fastpitch#pitchingspeed#pitchinglessons#spot#omaha#nebraska#midwest#drop#curve
Breaking down a fastball. WHAT SHOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
DO NOT take an extra baby step with your front foot!!!!! Not being on the mound caused me to. THIS IS ILLEGAL! Don't do it!!! Anyways....
1) get your weight shifting on point to provide power
2) leg drive and upper body rotation--your leg that kicks out should stay square to the catcher as long as possible. The bottom part of your cleat should face the catcher/batter. Your ARM CIRCLE IS THE ROTATING DEVICE FOR THE SHOULDERS and lower body/hips.
3) landing at a tilt. Your hips are unhinged. Thus, the shoulders are slightly angled over the top of your toes when sideways. This DOES NOT MEAN you roll your shoulders forward. This means your hips are causing the shoulders to be forward. You should have a flat back, not rounded.
4) your glovehand should drop at the same speed/time as your throwing hand. "Up together, down together"
5) elbow leads--have a BABY, MINUSCULE bend in your throwing arm--NO T-Rex arms. Elbow clears the belly button , then your hand/wrist clears while snapping, then you follow through with that hip and leg drag.
IN REAL TIME: the elbow, hand and hip appear as though it's all completed at the same time. False.
6)Make sure your shoulders are parallel to the ground at release point. DROPPED BACK SHOULDER= high pitch. HIGH BACK SHOULDER OR DROPPED FRONT SHOULDER =lower pitch
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Sled pushes and pulls are great glute builders. The Gluteus medius and Maximus aka the behind contribute to power in one's pitch. When pitching for power, it stems from the feet to the legs, glutes, and hips that propel you forward. While the lower body is doing its thayyyyng, your upper body is gaining speed starting with the shoulder, then to the arm, finally the energy is transferred to and through HAND and finger tips. Arm whip and hand speed with a crisp wrist flip off of the finger tips COMPLIMENTS the lower body power !!! So work that lower body for strength and agility! What am I forgetting? The trunk aka abs. Abdominals bring the lower and upper body together. The point? Working out = a more powerful punch to your pitch! #pitch#workout#spintowin#primepitching#lowerbodyworkout#legs#fastpitch#love#softball#barbell#sledpush#power#work#punch#omaha#nebraska#fitness#functional#pitching