Fastpitch Softball: The Windmill Pitcher
"The Windmill Pitcher is the most comprehensive book on fastpitch pitching that I have read. It is an excellent reference for both coaches and pitchers." -- Ernie Parker, world-renowned pitching coach "I now have a comprehensive reference book to offer the people who contact me about pitching. The chapter on increasing ball speed is outstanding. There was an incredible need for this book and I thank Barry for writing it." -- Sherry Werner, PhD, lead researcher, International Olympic Committee's Submission on Biomechanics and Physiology "One of the most comprehensive fastpitch instructional books on the market today. A must addition for any coach's library." -- Art Certosimo, DuPage County, Illinois Barry Simmons has been a pitcher in men's fastpitch softball leagues at all levels for 35 years. Also a student of art and design, Sammons used his knowledge to develop many of the illustrations used in the book. He is an attorney for the Milwaukee, Wisconsin firm of Quarles & Brady.
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achieved advanced pitches arm motion arm rotation arm whip athlete balance ball control ball movement ball release ball spin batter weakness beginning pitchers body rotation breaking pitch catcher change-up Chapter closing rotation coach correct curveball described in Appendix drill described drop ball elbow Ernie Parker example exercise fastball fastpitch feel fingers focus footwork forward grip hips and shoulders hitters increase ball speed knee knuckleball pendulum drill perform pitcher's plate pitching arm pitching hand pitching mechanics pitching motion pitching plane pitching position pitching shoulder pivot foot player position practice problem proper push push-off rearward release point release the ball rise ball riseballs shown in Fig softball strength training stride foot plants strike zone strikeout style of pitching swing tactics target third base throw the ball tion torso upper body warm-up weighted ball whipping action windmill drill windmill motion windmill pitching wrist snap