How to Spiral a Football
Learning how to spiral a football is a key skill for any aspiring quarterback to learn. Although knowing how to spiral a football is considered a fundamental, many players at every level continue to practice and master this skill. Knowing how to spiral a football can increase accuracy and distance on the pass as well as make it easier for the receiver to catch the ball. Below are three easy steps to help learn how to spiral a football.
- Step1: The first step in learning how to spiral a football is learning how to grip the ball. Hold the ball towards the tip, with the laces facing towards your fingers. Have your fingers nice and spread out, place your pinky no further than the fourth lace and your ring finger on the first lace. Keep your index and middle finger off the laces and hold the ball firmly for increased ball control.
- Step2: The next step is the throwing stance. Start by standing nice and tall with both feet flat on the floor spread out, about shoulder length apart, and both pointing straight out. You should also turn your body towards your throwing side and hold the ball about chest level with the laces facing away from you. Have your head facing your target and your eyes always focused on it.
- Step3: Now your ready to spiral a football. Take the ball and arch your arm back so that the ball is at about head level with the laces facing opposite your throwing side. At the same time, lift your free arm about two feet in front of your face with the palm side of your hand pointing towards your target. All in one motion, swing your free arm as if you were wiping a window as your body turns and your shoulders open up towards your target. At the same time bring the ball across, slightly over your head, and turn the ball so that the point you're not holding points at your target. When the ball becomes visible in your peripheral, release the grip and spin the ball with your fingers. The end result, if done correctly, is a spiral football.