A good softball pitch has three basic stages that you must master in order to throw the ball accurately and effectively. The three main elements of a fast softball pitch are how fast the pitcher drives off the rubber; reaching back after the down swing and pushing back on the stride leg. Keep in mind that while you can practice your pitching as much as you want, the best way to improve your technique is to get help from a coach.

Start by springing off your push off leg. While a long stride is also important, speed as you push off is necessary too. Reach back with your pitching arm, creating a large circle. When you get halfway around the circle, tilt just the upper part of your body backwards a bit. While you do this, reach back towards second base. This will allow your arm to whip around better giving you more energy to release the pitch.

Stand tall as you pitch the ball. You’ll want your stride leg solid, your upper body erect and your overall body strong. Experiment with variations on a basic softball pitching stance. Try to start your pitch while bending, crouching or standing straight up. Vary how far back you swing your arm and how much you pivot off your back foot. Ultimately, you want to find the combination of mechanics that will work best for you and make your pitch faster.

Concentrate on your body while you are pitching. Try to practice at least every week to master the technique that works for you. Don’t try to find a new technique instead focus on the one that seems to be working best for you.

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