Drop Ball Part 2 - The Snapover Drop
Softball Pitching Instructor
in The Drop Ball - Part I, we recommend
that every serious softball pitcher develop an effective drop ball.
Whether it is the "peel/lift-up"-style or the "snapover/
rollover" that is discussed here, a good drop ball adds a lot to
a pitcher's effectiveness.
A DROP BALL, THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO GIVE IT MAXIMUM SPIN
two basic ways to throw a drop…the "peel" method (discussed
in "The Drop Ball - Part I")
and the "rollover" or "snapover" (sometimes also
called "Over-the-Top") which is discussed here.
"Rollover" (or "Snapover") Drop Ball
drop is usually reserved for those pitchers who have physically developed
sufficiently so that their wrist movement can accomplish the rapid snap
"over the top" of the ball at the precise instant it is being
released. Therefore, as a general rule, for younger pitchers (pre-teenagers),
we teach the "peel" method of throwing a drop ball. For those
whose coordination and athleticism warrant it, we move to the rollover
(or "snapover") release.
Throw a GOOD Snapover Drop:
the ball on the "narrows"…where the two
seams are closest together. A two-finger grip is best…it lets
you have one finger on each seam...you get a better grip with the
fingers on the stitches of the ball.
Take a shorter stride…6 inches to 15 inches
shorter than with your full speed fastball.
your arm speed slightly slower so you can concentrate on
doing the snapover of the ball precisely at the release. Later,
as you perfect the snapover timing at the release point, you can
make the decision if you want to increase the speed of this pitch.
with weight on your stride leg with the leg as straight
the release point, keep your wrist bent with the hand back,
and pointing away from your body…and relax your shoulders
tall at the release of the ball…keep your weight
forward on the stride leg; do NOT bend at the waist. It should feel
that you are "on top of the ball." Keep the elbow
close to the body.
at the release of the ball quickly "snap" your wrist
over the top of the ball to create a fast forward spin
good snapover creates a low follow-through of your arm (perhaps
lower than the release point). Finish off the pitch
with your little finger (pinky) pointing up, and thumb pointing
Warner is a long time pitching instructor in Denver, Colorado and
the father of former College Pitcher, Sara Warner.