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How to Hold a Softball Correctly

Learn how to hold a softball correctly with the softball tips from coach Erin Goettlicher in this Howcast video.


"I'm Erin Goettlicher, and I'm a professional softball coach. After I played through high school, I went out and played for college level, and then spent a cup of tea at the professional level. I'm self-employed, and own Pro Softball Training. Pro Softball Training offers instruction in all kinds of softball. You name it, we can do it. Today, I will be talking to you about softball.

When holding a softball, it's important to get the correct grip. How we hold the ball is going to determine how well, how accurate, and how far we can throw it. The most common grip in holding a softball is considered the four-seam grip. We call it a four-seam grip because when the ball is rotating in one full rotation, four seams will travel parallel to the ground. That's going to allow the ball to stay on a better path, as well as get good spin, which helps us create a little more velocity.

When I grab the softball, I want to make sure I grip it in my fingertips. More the pads of our fingers. I want to hold the ball slightly, a little bit looser, on those pads of those fingers, I want to avoid getting deep into the back of my palm. That's not going to allow us to have any flexibility in our hands. We want to have the pads of our fingers, so that we have room to move and our wrists can be loose. To find the right seams, I can look at the softball and if I hold it up, I'm going to see a ""C"" in the shape of the seams. I can grab across that ""C"" with my 3 and 4 fingers, and my thumb is going to rest underneath. My thumb is just there to help support the ball, that's considered kind of our kickstand, it's just there to hold it. Depending on the size of your hand, you may only need to use three fingers, across the seam, but most will probably use four across the seam. This is going to allow me to have a good, loose grip, almost as if I'm holding an egg. Now, I want to be able to get good snap on my wrist, and be able to get that ball to roll of those seams. I'm going to feel most of the pressure on that middle finger in order to make that ball spin on a good path. "

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