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How to Throw a Riseball with Michele Smith

Two-time Olympic gold medalist (Atlanta, Sydney) fastpitch player Michele Smith discusses how to throw a good riseball. She has a wealth of knowledge from her years of experience as a professional fastpitch player. Get great face time with collegiate coaches and recruiters! Prepare for the 2013 softball season with a 3-day instructional camp based out of sunny Clearwater, Florida. Learn skills from the best in womens fastpitch while getting exposure to top coaches & players. Ages 8-18 welcome. You can find out more about this camp at the following link: www.MicheleSmith.com

Transcript

Hi, I'm Michele Smith. And I'm here to talk a little bit about the rise ball. First the grip, we want to make sure that we're gripping the ball. And this would be a four seam grip that our middle finger is gonna lay up against the smile of the ball. We're gonna tuck our index finger; thumb opposite of the middle finger. The grip is very important, because when we snap the ball, we want that ball to spin backward. And when the ball spins backward that's gonna give us the lift that we get in the rise ball. So really work on driving that ball from low to high, long aggressive stride. We want to get underneath the ball and pitch this pitch from low to high, snapping that ball out as hard as possible. That's gonna give us a good rise ball.

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