Learning to pitch in fastpitch softball can be tricky, but D-BAT Sports – the premier softball training facility in the country – has a few tips for how to get started!
Focus on the Fastball
There are 2 different ways to throw a softball fastpitch – four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball – but as a beginner, the only thing you need to worry about is the four-seam fastpitch. The grip of the ball is critical to the proper release. Place your middle 3 fingers so that the tips are touching the top of the seams on a “C,” pull your thumb back behind the ball, and then rest your pinky on the side or wherever is comfortable. It’s also important that you get in the habit of cupping the ball loosely with your tips for optimum spin.
Foot Placement is Key
When pitching in fastpitch softball, it is important to keep the right stance. Keep your stance about shoulder width apart, and then get your feet set on the rubber. If you are a right-handed pitcher, your forward foot will be on your right side. That foot should be sitting in the center of the rubber, while the toes on your left foot (opposite foot) should be slightly back and just touching the rubber – but not crossing it.
Know Your Power Line
The power line is the line between the catcher and the mound. You want your pitching motion to both start and stop on the power line in order to keep your body square and heading in the right direction. The goal is to make your stride leg land on the power line every time, with the toes at a 45-90 degree angle (closer to 90 for beginners).
Focus on X-Position
The X-Position is a proper way to start each fastpitch softball throw. It’s called the X-Position because both arms are in the air, feet are on the power line, and you’re ready to go to work.
Becoming a great fastpitch softball pitcher doesn’t happen overnight, and the goal in the beginning should be to focus on mechanics – not strikes. The strikes will come if the mechanics are right! Call D-BAT Sports today to schedule one-on-one fastpitch softball pitching instruction with one of our expertly trained softball coaches! Check and see if you are near one of our 55+ locations!