How to Throw a Football Correctly

Step by Step Instructions by Rueben Ybarra

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Step 1: Analyze the Football and Find the Grip That Best Fits You

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Not too tight, not too loose; using the fingertips on your dominate hand as your main points of contact.

Step 2: Place Pinky and Ring Fingers Between the Laces

While your index and pointer fingers are placed on the rear end along the seams.

Step 3: Use Your Dominant Arm and Grab the Ball Tucking It Close to Your Ear

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Try to keep your elbow out at a 90 degree angle and your arm out and perpendicular to your body.

Step 4: Tuck Your Non-dominate Arm Close to Your Chest Like a Chicken Wing

Step 5: Set Your Base by Facing Perpendicular to the Direction or Object You’re Throwing at

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Square your feet at shoulder width apart and putting a slight bend in your knees.

Step 6: Look at the Object You’re Throwing at

Look at the object you’re throwing at and envision the path the ball

will take. This helps your accuracy

Step 7: Step Through With Your Lead Foot

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Do almost a skip/hop step to start your momentum

Step 8: Rotate Your Hips

Rotate your hips into your throwing direction to increase power

Step 9: Simultaneously, Swing Your Throwing Arm Forward Like Somewhat of a Karate Chop

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Simultaneously, swing your throwing arm forward like somewhat of a karate chop, and throw an elbow with the other arm to add momentum.

Step 10: Release the Ball at the Top of Your Chop

Release the ball at the top of your chop before you feel your arm in a downward motion

Step 11: When You Release the Ball, Let It Fly Out of Your Hand

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Allow your index finger to be the last to leave it allowing it to guide the ball.

Step 12: As You Feel It Releasing, Spin Your Fingers

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