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When it comes to throwing harder for softball it is the same for baseball players except when we move to the mound. The underhand softball pitch uses very different biomechanics versus the overhand baseball pitch. The difference is in how the upper body transfers energy but when it comes to the overall approach it is the same. All Top Velocity Programs train the kinetic chain and help you develop the athleticism to optimize it.
In this article, I will give you the top 10 ways softball players throw harder and how it is different for position players and pitchers. I would highly recommend that you start the 3X Fastpitch Velocity Program or the 2X Velocity Program for position players if you feel you would benefit from this form of enhancement training.
Ten Ways Softball Players Throw Harder
The information contain below is not conventional, so it may not sound familiar or may even go against what you have heard or have been told in softball. The information comes from science.
Once you read and learn about the top 10 ways softball players throw harder you will need to read more below to learn how to benefit from it. Nothing that is considered an elite skill is easy to obtain. This means to truly benefit from the info below it will take a lot of hard work and time.
- Explosive Leg Drives – High velocity pitchers and position players are better at using their lower half. We always hear that we need to use our legs but rarely can someone show us. In the 3X Fastpitch Velocity Program and the 2X Velocity Programs you will learn the biomechanics of how to use your legs and you will be given cutting edge drills to help you develop the lower half movements. This is a critical first step to developing the elite softball player.
- Front Leg Stabilization – Softball players throw harder because they not only generate power from the lower half with their explosive leg drives but they help convert this energy with a strong front leg. The better the player can stabilize the front leg before the throw the more energy potentially can get to the ball. Most slow softball players have weak front legs and are unable to stabilize the front leg fast enough.
- Hip to Shoulder Separation – All throwing athletes must separate the hips from shoulders in the movement to delay the trunk. It creates healthier arm paths and optimizes the energy transfer process. It does this by giving the legs more time to generate the power and the trunk more time to transfer that power to the ball. If you want to prevent injury while increasing velocity then this is the key. Most of the tips listed here support more hip to shoulder separation.
- Delayed Arm Path – Once the trunk is delayed in the throwing or pitching motion this should give way for the arm path to go full circle for pitchers or through the overhead path. For position players this includes; horizontal abduction, shoulder abduction, external rotation, forearm supination into internal rotation and forearm pronation. If hip to shoulder separation is limited and the trunk is forced into early trunk tilt and or rotation then the arm path will be compromised. This is what leads to most injury.
- Dynamic Trunk – The trunk movements isn’t as dynamic with the softball pitch but is very critical to throwing harder with the overhand throw like with the position player. The softball pitcher still must learn to transfer energy through the trunk it is just a quicker movement due to the less range of motion as the overhand throw. To develop a more dynamic trunk you must not only generate more ground force reaction but fully mobilize the hips.
- Joint Mobility – From the ankle to the hips and trunk, joint mobility is a critical attribute to throwing hard. More joint mobility means more time to put force on the ball. The best analogy of joint mobility for the softball player is having two jets on two different runways. One runway is 100 feet long and the other is 300 feet long. If they both must reach 160mph before the end of the runway to take off then the jet with the shorter runway will need to accelerate quicker to 160mph. This would be the softball player with less joint mobility. This means less joint mobility, more joint speeds which leads to more wear and tear.
- Joint Stability – The biggest challenge in all throwing sports is having optimal joint mobility with optimal joint stability. These two attributes rarely come together with genetics. If it isn’t an elite genetic combination then it is very challenging to develop unless you have hyper-mobility with poor joint stability. Joint stability is a product of strength training. It isn’t that strength training immobilizes a joint like conventional wisdom leads you to believe but it doesn’t create hyper-mobility in the process. You will need to additional exercises to your strength training to optimize joint mobility with your joint stability training.
- Power Production – You can never have enough power when it comes to throwing harder. The only reason softball has a velocity ceiling is because it test the limits of the human body. If the body could do more then softball would support it and even adapt to the increase in power. Power is a combination of speed and strength. It is the ability to not only push force but to push force in a short amount of time. This means pushing the body fast enough to transfer that energy into the object for launch or the softball. Power production is enhanced in adding heavy loads to the body in explosive movements. This remodels and hypertrophies fast twitch muscles fibers. The best way to train this to the elite level is with Olympic Lifting.
- Motor Control – It isn’t enough to learn the most effective way to enhance the kinetic chain to maximize ball speed. You must develop the motor control to perform it not only at an elite level of speed but perform it consistently every time. This takes thousands of thousands of high quality reps fully activating the body in these movements. You will only be able to accomplish this motor control development within drills that are helping the softball player to create the correct movement patterns.
- Consistency – The chances of you truly benefiting from these top 10 ways softball players throw harder is if you stick to them everyday. This will best be accomplished in a daily routine or training program. You can’t expect to become consistent if you are consistent in preparing for it.
The #1 Fastpitch Softball Program to Increase Velocity
Now that you have the Top 10 Ways Softball Players Throw Harder to help you increase your fastpitch velocity you will need a program to help you develop it. If you are a position player in softball then I would highly recommend our 2X Velocity Program which was developed for baseball and converts extremely well to softball. You can check it out here!
The 3X Fastpitch Softball Velocity Program uses a 3 calendar system to do this. It comes with a proprietary drill based training system to train these mechanics along with the strength and anaerobic conditioning programs to develop the better athlete who can more easily achieve them. If you want to learn more about this revolutionary approach to increasing fastpitch velocity check it out NOW or get the program started TODAY!