The follow through is a very important part of pitching. A good follow through can help a pitcher's accuracy and speed. A follow through is what a pitcher does at the end of the pitch, normally after the snap. Some pitchers will follow through by rolling the hand over until the palm is facing down ward, other pitchers will follow through by crossing their arm across their body and others will not follow through at all. However, I will be describing a follow through that involves coming completely straight up to the pitching shoulder(if your pitching with your right hand you will touch your right shoulder, and if your pitching with your left hand you will touch your left shoulder.)
This follow through keeps the arm in it's natural motion, thus this follow through will never hurt a pitcher. This straight follow through will also keep the ball moving completely straight and when throwing a Fastball, you want your pitch to stay straight and go right to the catcher's glove. The follow through will increase the speed of the pitch because it will make sure that there is no slowing down during the release of the ball. If you stop right after you let go then that means that you had to slow down during the release and slowing down during the release will slow down the pitch.
A Dangerous Follow Through:
The roll over follow through has the pitcher finishing with a flip -the hand starting with the palm up and as the pitcher releases the ball they flip the hand over where the palm faces down. This causes a very harsh pull and twist to the elbow and shoulder, thus causes severe problems. Pitcher's that do this follow through will normally find that they feel pain in doing this movement, either in their elbow or shoulder or both. Not everyone will suffer from this movement, it has been found that one in three pitchers will develop a problem doing this flip follow through.
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