Softball pitching requires special attention in mastering the grip and arms movement. A good pitcher must have a perfect footwork in other to have a good softball pitching. Pitchers should pay attention to details and different pitching methods, constantly train on their techniques to avoid injuries.
Let us now go to how to pitch in softball.
There are several movements that join together to make up a perfect swing and a good pitcher must understand these movements and constantly train on them in order to achieve excellence. Understanding these movements will also help the pitcher to make adjustments when necessary. The pitcher must be flexible in order to execute a perfect softball pitching. Consistency in training and mastering these movements determines a perfect pitching, this is to say that these movements are the core of a good pitching.
These movements are as follows:
Back Swing— This is the beginning of the swing, it is what determines a good softball pitching and as such a pitcher should ensure that it is started perfectly, there are different backswings, so a player should practice in order to find a suitable and comfortable backswing. It is really not important to focus on the speed of a backswing or even the height, rather strive to find a backswing you are comfortable with.
Arm Rotation— Players should make their arm rotation equally fast from the beginning to the end. The arm rotation is the core of the swing, it is very important as it is the determinant of the pitch power. It is very important to deliver a pitch with maximum speed possible to make a great softball pitching. Note that the body and the arm will naturally move forward after the backswing. To reduce the risk of injury and increase arm’s range of motion it is very important to keep your arms in line and very straight but not locked out when the elbow is stiff and locked.
Final Down Swing — To have a perfect release the final downswing should be swift, strong, tight and consistent. It should possess dexterity and confidence. The final downswing precedes the release and completes the arm rotation. A good pitcher must pay more attention and ensure that the final downswing is carried out with utmost attention and perfection.
Release— A pitcher must keep the wrist back to get a complete crack as the ball is released just as the arm comes through the final down swing. Any mistake can result in huge changes in ball placement so this is the thorniest part of the entire swing and should be taken seriously. Through the release the pitcher should ensure than the hand stays turned up. It is advised that pitchers should look at the palm and not the back of the hand if the pitcher looks down just before letting go of the ball. In order to have a good follow-through and make good use of the power and strength from the arm pitchers should ensure that the pitching arm is outstretched. The importance of the body position is usually under estimated but this is an important point of the release, body position matters a lot and a good pitcher should avoid the tendency of folding at the waist or leaning to one side, the pitcher should remain tall.
To avoid injury, do not move the head, also make sure to release the ball appropriately and when due, this means that the ball should be released when and where it is intended to be released. To have a good fair pitching, the pitch should be released when the arm is at the waist height or slightly higher, anything short of this will not produce a good softball pitching and may even pose injury to the pitcher so it is extremely vital to release the pitch at this point.
Follow-Through— A good pitcher should execute a good follow through after the pitch is released. To avoid injury, it is important to allow the arms to continue the movement. The consistency of the follow-through is more important than the skill. A good follow through provides a safe and smooth end to a good softball pitching.