Core Softball Training

Why Learning and Perfecting Spins Are Crucial to a Softball Pitcher’s Success

Photo courtesy of Florida Athletics (Jim Burgess)

As softball pitchers learn, develop, and grow, they will begin to add additional pitches to their tool box after they have mastered the fastball and the change up. My advice to pitchers who are eager to explore additional pitches is to get professional help before doing so. A drop ball isn’t thrown by simply rolling the wrist over, a high fastball isn’t considered a rise ball, and slinging the arm across the body with a new grip isn’t a curve ball. Movement pitches need to be taught by an expert and they need to be learned by breaking them down.

Think back to when your pitcher learned a fastball. How many wrist flicks did it take to get that perfect line on the ball? Think about how many T’s, K’s, knee arm circles, and standing arm circles went into building the muscle memory for the fastball. I advise pitchers to seek help from an instructor when adding additional pitches because it is a judgment call by the instructor on whether or not the pitcher is physically ready to take on a new pitch.

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