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Brent, you mentioned in velocity quick tip #4 that it is good to throw a football. I recently recieved a small footy.. refer to AFL (Australian Footy League) ball and I believe it is about the size of a football. I have tried to throw it, but it only ended up going in all weird directions. Sometimes I was able to get a good spiral, and straight though, but that is usually when I throw short distance and I don't have to use as much strength and leg power to drive it. So I put this post up so that for those like me, who don't know how to throw a football can learn how to. I'm now trying to analyze football quarterbacks to see how they throw such good spirals and long balls :D. So if you guys have any pointers into throwing a football please make sure to comment 😀
Pitchers should only throw footballs using the positioning of target throws in the 3X Velocity System. This will force the pitcher to throw the football like a baseball. If the pitcher throws the football like most quarter backs then this creates throwing mechanics that are different from pitching on the mound. This is why you must throw a football like a baseball if a pitcher is going to benefit from it.
The benefits of a Pitcher throwing a football within the target throws:
- Proper pronation – The reason you are not able to spiral the football is because you may not be holding the football correctly or you are not pronating your thumb down at release. This pronation as you release the football off of your index finger is what spirals the ball. This pronation is great for arm health and velocity.
- More external rotation – The weight of the football will help rotate the arm back more during external rotation if the pitcher allows the arm to relax during the throw.
- Early Internal Rotation – Heavier objects also promote early internal rotation. This is a key component of high velocity pitchers.
I see, but the way a quarterback throws the ball is the same right, not counting the legs. But what do you think the best way to hold the ball be? I heard that all your hands should be on the seams, or pinky and ring finger on the seams and the others to the side of the ball (which this is what I see most quarterbacks do), or the same positions, but it doesn't have to be on the seam??
hmm, yea, I'll hold the way a quarterback holds it because it feels more comfortable and I don't have to grip as much :D.
Yes, having a ball the size of a baseball would so be effective 😀 because the grip is the same then. but i guess it will be hard to find one. XD.
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