How to Throw a Football

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Throwing a football poses a problem for many people because of the ball's size and unique shape. But with a little practice, you can throw like a pro. More or less. A lot of it has to do with grip and hand size. The bigger hands you have, the easier throwing the ball will be.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Footballs
    • 1

      Grip the football by interlacing your fingers between the football's laces and seams.

    • 2

      Protect the ball by cradling it with two hands, and hold it just under your chin as you step back to throw.

    • 3

      Cock your throwing arm back with your elbow bent.

    • 4

      Extend your free arm in front of you for balance; point the arm and hand at your target.

    • 5

      Keep your shoulders level for a short pass (10 yards or less); dip the shoulder of your throwing arm for longer distances.

    • 6

      Snap your arm forward and follow through with your shoulders and hips as your weight shifts to your front foot.

    • 7

      Release the ball when your arm is slightly above your head and out to the side.

    • 8

      Add velocity and spiral to the ball by flicking your wrist and fingers just as you release it.

    • 9

      Finish with your index finger pointing forward and down, and with your palm facing the ground.

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