Baseball Instruction/bad sidearm throw


how to get player to stop throwing affects him anywhere on the field

Hi Larry,

I'm not sure having a good sidearm is a bad thing.  Most infielders should have a good sidearm throw and I think statistically that's the most often used throw for infielders.  Now, if the player is in the outfield,  that could be a problem.

The best method is practicing the basic mechanics of a good step throw...over and over...make them throw high and long.  I can only think of that as an exercise.  You could teach him to throw towards a target...something he can do on his own (young player?).

Step throw (overhand) is a more powerful throw but hands down, for infielders, sidearm throws are very important.  Maybe he's a third baseman?


Best of luck,

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