Pushing the Ball

In the all-male world I grew up in, it was derisively called "Throwing like a girl."

Hillary Clinton

However, as the father of two girls, both of whom I taught and neither of whom "throws like a girl," I quickly came to find that term offensive, not to mention inaccurate. Just look at the picture below of Danica Patrick exhibiting perfect throwing form.

Danica Patrick

What's more, watch a fast-pitch softball game and you will see that there's no reason why girls can't throw just as well as boys.

And sometimes better.

Regardless of what other terms you use to refer to it...

  • Pushing the Ball
  • Shot-Putting the Ball
  • Dropping the Elbow when Throwing

...it remains a problem for many ballplayers.

Boys and girls alike.

Pushing the Ball

As the instructional coordinator for out rec league, I have had a lot of experience with kids who have a problem with pushing the ball.

Why Do People Push the Ball?

Why do people push the ball?

It doesn't have ANYTHING to do with biology, physiology, or strength.

Instead, I'd argue that the answer to that question can be found in comparing the pictures above of Hillary Clinton and Danica Patrick.

The relevant differences that I see are...

  • Where the feet are pointing.
  • Where the glove-side shoulder is pointing.
  • What the glove-side arm is doing.

Throwing Mechanics 101, which is the first webbook in my Pitching series, explains why that is a problem and provides cues and drills to get ballplayers to move and throw better.

Where to Go From Here

If you want to learn more about how to help a ballplayer who has a problem with pushing the ball, I have put together a piece called Throwing Mechanics 101. Like Fixing Bat Drag on the hitting side, Throwing Mechanics 101 is designed to help ballplayers with the most common problems and get them off to a good start.

Throwing Mechanics 101 is based on my extensive experience teaching my kids -- that's my younger son on the cover -- my nephews, and now hundreds of kids in our rec program, how to throw.

Throwing Mechanics 101

Throwing Mechanics 101 costs only $29.00 and can be purchased by clicking on the button above.

Hitting & Throwing Basics Bundle

If you have a ballplayer who has a problem with both their hitting and their throwing, you should consider my Hitting & Throwing Basics Bundle. It gives you access to both Throwing Mechanics 101 and Fixing Bat Drag and at a significant discount and will help you get your ballplayer or ballplayers off to the best possible start.

References

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-09/fyi-do-men-and-women-throw-ball-differently

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1996/08/throwing-like-a-girl/306152/