While the whole Schonberg family was watching college softball this past weekend, Texas pitcher Blaire Luna’s mechanics really stood out to us! She exemplifies so many of the things we’re trying to teach. Take a look!
Blaire Luna: Texas Longhorns Softball
Forearm fire: Check out that arm whip! Blaire’s elbow leads her arm down the back side of the arm circle with her palm turned upward, and her hand naturally flips over as she whips her forearm through the throw zone. Her shoulders are relaxed and her arm looks like jelly as her hand flows all the way to the catcher’s target before relaxing across her body. An excellent example of what you should all be shooting for.
Drive through: Her drive leg is also outstanding. She gets a great forward push off the pitching rubber, her transition from push to drag is super smooth, and her knee drives straight at her target as her toe grazes the ground all the way to the front side.
Here is the video that I took the above animation from:
Watch the sequence of pitches at the beginning of the video. Notice how her arm action, stride, and drive through all look the same, yet the result is many different types of pitches. She does trail off to the left a bit at the end of her motion for what appears to be a drop curve, but the batter will have had to decide to swing or not well before she sees that.