How to Throw a Baseball
Learning how to throw a baseball is one of the most essential aspects of playing the sport. You must be able to catch, throw, and hit to play the game, after all. Practice the following steps and considerations to learn how to throw a baseball.
- Grasp with ball with a tight grip. Your grip on the baseball should be firm, but not too tight. The ball should be comfortably in your grasp so that you won't drop it, but you wouldn't get it knocked out of your hand if your hand hit something accidentally. Your index finger and middle finger should be on top of your grip for better control while you prepare to throw a baseball.
- Aim and bring back your throwing hand. Before you aim and are about to throw a baseball, bring your hand and arm back a little bit to give yourself some throwing power. Aim by centering your body (or squaring your body) to where you are throwing the baseball.
- Bring your arm forward with a quick throwing motion. The throwing motion should be overhand, so it comes directly over the top of your body. Some players are more comfortable throwing it at an angle, which is referred to as 3/4 overhand. Release the ball as your arm comes forward so that you throw a baseball in front of you at your target.
- Practice your throwing motion for speed and accuracy. Once you have the basic motion down, work on your accuracy and speed (or power). Once you have developed these you will be much better when you throw a baseball.
Posted on: Mar. 25, 2010