How to Increase Pitching Speed | Softball Lessons


“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 working to increase pitching speed, in
fast pitch, there are a lot of factors that we have to take into consideration. Some of the main factors, though are the amount
of snap that I can put on the ball which means how much spin i can create when I snap and
release the ball. One of the other main factors is how quickly
and how fast i can create arm speed in my windmill. The quicker I can get this arm to spin around,
the better the snap, the more the velocity I can get on the ball. The other important factor is how well I can
use my lower body. I have to learn how to drive with my legs
and my hips to create power and positive movement towards the home plate. In order to increase spin, and snap, i want
to have a good grip on the ball, which is always, typically a four seam grip. A four seam grip means that when one ball
rotation completes, four seams are going to be parallel to the ground. In order to increase arm speed, which is how
fast i can whip my arm around in the windmill, Most of that is going to take lot of practice
and time. Also, having good flexibility in our upper
body is going to help that. Developing good power and drive out of our
legs also comes with some time and practice. It is important for us to learn how to push
off of our pivot foot, or the foot that is going to end up behind us and drag, and learn
how to drive forward with our stride leg. If we can learn how to use our legs correctly,
which is to land good in balance and to create pressure between our thighs where we’re going
to finish with our hips, this is going to help us get more power into the pitch. So the combination of good snap, good spin,
good arm speed and great power with our lower half is going to help us to increase speed. There are numerous drills that we can do to
help each one of these areas, but most importantly, practice is really the only way that we can
get faster.”

28 thoughts on “How to Increase Pitching Speed | Softball Lessons

  • March 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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    Your really good thank you for posting this!

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  • November 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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    thts rlly good!

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  • April 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm
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    Try again.

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  • April 4, 2013 at 3:43 am
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    I pitch 70 and im 10

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  • April 4, 2013 at 3:44 am
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    Just kidding

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  • April 4, 2013 at 3:44 am
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    I dont even know whats softball
    BTW i'm 13

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  • April 23, 2013 at 12:21 am
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    Thanks for posting this❤

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  • May 7, 2013 at 2:22 am
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    i pitch like 55 and i just turned 12

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  • July 3, 2013 at 5:59 am
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    i pitch 838 and im 2, really no one cares either way so shut up.

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  • September 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm
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    I'm 10 and pitch 60 !

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  • April 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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    Amanda,
    Both methods are correct.  Don't believe anyone who preaches there is only one method to pitch.  The closing of the hips is a method I started pitching with many years ago and was very successful. Closing hips for a drop is an advantage to help get your weight forward and generate power out of your hips.  Staying open at release as you are describing is a later development.  I have been coaching pitchers for 25 years and learned the open delivery from Michele Smith's former pitching coach.  It is an advantage for rise ball pitchers because it helps you keep your weight back to get lift.  It's not a good method for the drop or the curve since it is advisable to get your hip out of the way before you snap across your body.  I advise learning to be more flexible and learn to stay open for rise ball and fastball, close for drop and twist your hips for the curve.

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  • February 26, 2015 at 11:46 pm
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    I'm like 52 or 53 and I'm 13 years old.(BTW JUST TURNED THIRTEEN)

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  • May 14, 2015 at 12:42 am
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    Im 60 and im 12 years old

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  • July 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    I'm eleven and I pitch 45 to 50 btw just turned eleven four days ago

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  • February 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    This is fake. This is all crap.

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  • February 12, 2017 at 4:12 am
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    Great to see that your skill… Try Unflexal workouts to be more flexal 🙂

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  • July 29, 2017 at 6:39 am
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    Haha so funny in 12 and i pitch 45-52 mph i've been pitching for 2-3 years

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  • July 29, 2017 at 6:39 am
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    im*

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  • October 10, 2017 at 4:42 am
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    Im Ten And Pitch 45-49 ( I Got Radared By My Coach Im Almost Eleven Pitching Since Six IM In The Competitive Level And Play For Sandberg Sabotage 10U Travel Team)

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  • November 14, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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    pleasure! how can i get these on my email

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  • February 14, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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    When I look at slow motion video of the world’s greatest pitchers, I don’t see the wrist cocked back and snapped at release.  In every case, I see a loose lower arm pulling the ball around the circle and whipping the ball from the hip.  Interestingly, in much of the last ¼ of the circle, I see the palm facing up until about 7 o’clock. In conversations with 3 of our nation’s top pitching coaches, they seem to be in agreement that arm wrist snap drills have no benefit for their students.  To confirm this, Google Bill Hillhouse, Rich Balswick and Rick Pauly and either watch their videos, or ask them personally using the contact information on their websites.  In the meantime, watch these videos of Osterman, Ueno, Abbott (top three of all time) and Amanda Scarborough.  Amanda’s video has become the golden reference demonstrating whip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK2opycNSOI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmMJkhmXFBc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmiG4ji3onQ
    Respectfully, Ken

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  • April 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    I’m 1 week old and I can pitch 500000000000 mph

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  • July 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    Nope srry not true but it may work for you but not me at all!!!!

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  • July 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    You don’t even end in the right place!!!

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  • June 11, 2019 at 11:20 am
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    Where did you go to college

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  • July 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    You’re not supposed to look down

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