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Beginner Softball Pitching Drills - The Wall Pitch

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To become a better pitcher, you must repeat the same motion over and over again until it becomes habit. This repetition allows a pitcher to naturally throw with good mechanics without having to concentrate on basic mechanics every single pitch. For this reason, beginner softball pitching drills are typically repetitive drills designed to help a young pitcher learn good mechanics.

One drills that can really help a new pitcher is the wall pitch drill. Find a solid wall to throw against. The wall should be made of concrete or another material that won't get damaged by being repeatedly hit by a ball. Take my word for it when I say stucco house walls don't hold up well to this kind of abuse. They may be OK for younger pitchers but will soon crack and start to break apart from the abuse. If there are handball courts in a park near your home, these tend to work well for this drill.

Once you've found a suitable wall, stand approximately 15 feet away from it. Throw a pitch at the wall, concentrating on your form. This drill can be done by yourself, but it works even better if you have a parent or pitching coach there to correct your form. Focus on proper mechanics with each pitch- be sure to stay tall and get a good stride. Really focus on arm speed and proper wrist snap in the beginning.

The key to this beginner softball pitching drill is not to worry too much about control. It will come as you get more comfortable with the mechanics. Replacing the catcher with a wall gives you a huge target that won't drop poorly thrown balls (and won't complain about having to chase them). This drill should be done for 15-30 minutes a day until you're comfortable with the mechanics of pitching.

Once comfortable, switch to throwing to a catcher, focusing on using the same mechanics learned while pitching at the wall. If a catcher isn't available, tape off a strike zone on the wall and move back to your normal pitching distance. Now you can concentrate on throwing strikes. Use this beginner softball pitching drill whenever your mechanics start to get sloppy.

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