Learning how to throw a curveball in fastpitch softball is essential for pitchers in the game. It is one of the most common pitches that should be added to any pitcher's repertoire in fastpitch softball. Take the following steps and considerations into account to learn how to throw a curveball in fastpitch softball.
- Grip the ball along the seams. The curveball should be gripped along the seams of the ball in order to throw it.
- Begin your normal pitching motion. Your normal pitching motion for fastpitch softball should be followed up until the release of the ball.
- Concentrate on the release to throw the curveball. In order to throw a curveball in fastpitch softball, the release is the point from which you will diverge to differentiate it from another pitch, such as a fastball. As you release the softball, you will rotate your arm according to which hand you throw with: you will rotate your hand to the left if you are right-handed, or to the right if you are left-handed.
- Quickness and timing are key. You want to rotate the softball very quickly when you throw the curveball. Make sure you rotate your hand quickly to obtain the desired spin. Additionally, timing is also important. Work on timing the release and rotation of the ball to improve your accuracy. You will learn to develop good quickness and timing in order to successfully throw a curveball in fastpitch softball. You will also learn to develop accuracy for the curveball, which will take some time.