Long arm follow-through

In my last post I talked about getting rid of the “hello elbow” and replacing it with a finish that is long, loose and natural. After that post, a reader named Melissa asked if I could post a video that illustrated the point.

This week I had the opportunity to shoot video of one of my students during her lesson. Justine is very long and lanky to begin with, so you can really see the follow-through. Here it is. Note that this is video is running at 1/3 the normal speed to make it easier to see.

Justine demonstrates a long, loose finish

Using this finish allows her to deliver maximum velocity without placing strain on the elbow.


About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on October 15, 2011, in Pitching. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks Ken! That was great of you to post the video. I now can visually see what you mean and will be sharing this with my girls. My 9 year old defintely has issues with the “follow through” and seems to do better when not contrained to “hello elbow”.


  2. Glad it was helpful, Melissa. Most kids do tend to do better when the follow-through is natural, not forced. One thing I find with the “hello elbow” is the kids who need it usually aren’t throwing hard enough. If you really pull the arm down and through, you would never do a hello elbow — it would be a total change of direction.


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