The tight spiral of a football being tossed through the air is a beautiful thing. In order to get the spiral that is the envy of everyone on the field, there are a few pointers that will help you get to the perfect spiral in no time. So no matter your height, coordination or prior experience, read on to learn the basics of throwing like a pro.
Get a Grip
The first step to the perfect spiral is to grab a hold of the ball. You will want to make sure that your hand is firmly on the football with the end of your fingers on the laces. Most people prefer to have thier middle finger on the first string, others prefer to have there middle finger positioned just before the first string. Regardless of the hand position, you need to make sure that you’ve got a firm grip on the ball.
Keep a Tight Line
When you throw any ball you will want to keep a tight line. Accelerating the ball along a line, without any unnecessary sideways movement, wil result in the best throw possible. The mechanics of keeping that tight line start with the ball up to your right ear (these instructions are for a right handed thrower, lefties need to switch directions) and your left hand securing the ball. When you are ready to throw, cock your right arm back and lift your elbow to the same height or slightly above the ball.
Now that your elbow is in front of the ball, you will drive the elbow forward and down until your upper arm is parrallel with the ground. At that point you will continue to drop your elbow and simultaneously accelerate your hand (and the ball) past your elbow for the throw.
During this whole process your weight will shift from your back leg (right leg) to the front leg (left leg). This weight shift will transfer to the ball and add velocity to the throw. Without using your feet you will never be able to REALLY throw a football, or any ball for that matter.
One of the most important parts of the throw is the release. You can do everything according to the textbook, but if you can’t release properly then it is all for not.
The release is best described as a snap of the wrist. When you get to the end of your throw, your arm fully extended in front of you, you will want to snap your wrist in a manner that drives the palm of your hand down toward the ground. This snapping of the wrist will create a spiral and allow the ball to travel further (much like a bullet out of a rifled barrell).
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