Americans are solid fans of baseball. But, its sister sport which is softball has gaining its own following. It is now considered one of the most popular sports in high school and college sports events. Aside from fast pitch softball, many also enjoy the slow-pitch version of this sport.
If you want to learn fastpitch softball, you should understand how to do it properly. Fast pitch or the windmill pitch is one of the most notable aspects in this softball version.
To master this powerful pitch, you should stay focus in every lesson. You must also enhance your skill and practice more often. Below are some of the mechanics and tips you can use to be able to throw fastpitch in no time.
- It is important that you properly warm-up before attempting to pitch. It is crucial in any sports to do warm-ups to avoid injuries and sprains. The extra force placed on your arm due to a heavy softball bat can lead to serious injuries if you will not warm-up.
- The windmill motion can damage your shoulder and joints if done incorrectly. It is a must to loosen up your shoulders and have it in its best condition before doing the pitch. Try doing some arm rotations and basic stretching.
- Start at a slow pace and work yourself up to speed. Increase the pace of your arm rotation. If you are a beginner, walk through the steps of a wind-up for several times.
- If you are a right footed person, stand on the pitching rubber with your right foot heel. Same procedure if you are using your left foot. Make sure that the front of your foot is at rest while you toe points toward the plate.
- Using a quality softball glove, hold the ball on its pocket and place it close to your chest. Remember to relax your shoulders and keep good posture at all times. Commit to these good habits during practice to improve your game.
- Fastball is the first pitch that every player should know. Thus, proper grip is important to control the ball. Your grip can slightly change depending on the kind of pitch you will make.
- Start by placing the ball in you throwing hand. Hold the ball with your fingertips and use your legs for that extreme power throw.
- As what they always say, practice makes perfect! Practice your windmill motion, form and proper release of ball. A strike zone box will help you achieve accuracy. Just be creative. You can make a box using masking tape and practice pitching the ball.
- Enlist the help of a professional coach to teach you and help you enhance your softball skill. You can also ask for help if you know someone who plays softball to train and help you enhance your form.
- Remember that you cannot learn this skill overnight so be patient to learn.
Other Important Trick
It may help if you will visualize how you rotate before you attempt to do the windmill pitch. Swing your hand with the ball down past the hip. As you swing forward, you should also shift your body weight from the back leg to the push-off leg. Make a strong push off of the rubber while shifting your weight and take that big step out in front using your back leg.
The key to an effective windmill pitch is not only because of the arms and legs. It is important to keep your shoulders level. Likewise your arm should be outstretched to achieve maximum results.
Likewise, let your arm finish the swing all the way through after the release. Do not stop your arm before it even gets to your chest. This is to make sure that you are getting the right speed and momentum. This will also help you avoid unnecessary pressure and strain on your shoulders.
Learning softball is no different from learning other sports. You must be patient to learn and master the skills and techniques. Remember to do all these gradually until you get the hang of it. Happy pitching!