Baseball and Softball Pitching Techniques

Baseball pitching techniques begins with the windmill type of baseball. The softball pitching techniques will be very different from the baseball techniques though.

No matter what kind of softball one is playing though, the movement of the ball and the position of the ball as it crosses the plate will be crucial for the pitcher to be succesful.

For the baseball player, the speed of the ball will be of great importance to the pitcher’s success. With the underhanded style of pitching required by the rules of the sport, as opposed to the overhand version used in baseball, one will want to take advantage of the gravity as much as possible as well as centrifical force.

To do so, the natural windmill motion is the most effective means. One will want to position his or her feet with the strong foot a little over the plate and the weak foot a little behind, both a little less than shoulder width apart for balance.

The pitcher’s stomach will be facing forward and the hands will be at the pitcher’s side. The pitcher will want to lift the back leg while also lifting both arms forward, using the pitcher’s glove to hide the ball from the batter, including the grip on the ball which can tell the batter what type of spin the pitcher intends to put on the ball.

When ready, the pitcher should bring the ball hand up to the twelve o’clock position and back around in a perfect circle. The release should take place at the hip, which will be the highest velocity point in the windmill.

The centrifical force of the arm along with the execution coming at the bottom of the fall with gravity should bring the ball across the plate with a great deal of speed. At the final point of release, the pitcher should snap his or her wrist to give the ball a final bit of propulsion.

Softball pitching techniques are more about the position of the ball in the air as it passes by the batter.

The softball pitch must come at an arc that reaches a maximum heigh of twelve feet and a minimum height of six feet. Most pitcher’s try to produce a pitch with the highest arc possible while also getting the ball to go across the batter’s strike zone, which is between the batter’s knees and highest shoulder.

The more perpendicular the ball is as it travels through the strike zone, the more likely the batter is to hit it with an uppercut swing. The uppercut swing is more likely to miss the ball or have the ball go straight up or to the side, which will result in a catchable pop-up or a foul ball.

Baseball pitching techniques can be difficult to master, but with practice one will improve.

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