Windmill Pitching Mechanics
Basic fundamentals for the Right handed pitcher
Coach Al Rutcofsky
Get a grip
Hold the ball in your fingers, using a three finger grip across the
seams (Look at the seams on a softball. Look where they form the letter
C. Put the 'pads' of the finger tips across the top of the C seam). Try
to hold the thumb on the seam on the other side of the ball if you can
reach it. There should be some space between the palm and the ball.
Watch your feet.
The pitching rubber measures 24 inches long and 6 inches wide. Two
feet must be in contact with the pitching rubber at the start of the
motion. The heel of the right foot should be over the front of the
rubber. The toe of the left foot should be against the back of the
rubber. At this point, the pitcher is balanced with her shoulders
squared towards home plate. The pitcher has a grip on the ball. She is
holding the ball in her glove in front of her, about belt high.
Start the motion
The pitcher shifts her weight back, onto her left foot. She then
leans forward, bending slightly at the knees, transfering her weight
onto her right foot. At the same time tucking the ball and glove down to
her right hip, (or swing right hand down and back). In this part of
the windup the pitcher is building momentum for the stride.
Throw your hands out. The pitcher aggresively moves (throws) her
hands out and up towards home plate, starting the windmill circle. The
ball hand separates from the glove in a palm down position. At the same
time the pitcher strides forward with her left foot, rotating her body
to the point where she is almost squared to 3rd base. Looking at her
from 3rd base her body would resemble the letter K.
Power K position
The pitcher is now in full stride. Her stride foot is at
approximately a 45 degree angle, in reference to home plate. She is
balanced with her head over her center of gravity in a strong athletic
position. Her glove is pointing in the direction of home plate. At
this point, pitcher's palm and the ball should be facing towards 3rd
From the power position: the pitching hand comes down with force
until it reaches the power leg, (right leg), finishing the circle. Her
palm is now on top of the ball. The glove hand also comes down to the
stride leg. The pitcher's body starts to rotate back, in the direction
of home plate.
Finally, the release. The wrist snap is the last step in the power
chain. Her pitching arm has reached the bottom of the circle. Her hand
is facing palm down on top of the ball. The pitcher's wrist is cocked
back towards 2nd base. The power she has built up in her motion
transfers through the ball, as her wrist snaps forward on the release.
Her hand continues in its path and the arm flexes upward. Pitcher's
eyes are still on the target as she gets to a balanced athletic
position. Glove is up, ready to field.