Quarterback Throwing Technique

Written by Dallas Smith
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When talking about quarterback throwing technique, a number of successful NFL quarterbacks come to mind. Brett Favre, with the way he almost appears to push the ball out of his hand, Peyton Manning, for his almost endless number of pump fakes, Micheal Vick, with a lightning-quick release that could seemingly propel the ball right out of the stadium -- each of these quarterbacks is defined by a throwing technique that consistently produces solid results. As a quarterback committed to elevating your game to the next level, it is critical that you too develop a throwing technique that will continue to deliver the ball exactly where it needs to be.

In order to develop a solid quarterback throwing technique, you've got to stay focused on the fundamentals. Keeping your elbow up, locking your eyes onto the target at the instant of release, stepping into the throw; these are all elements of great throwing technique that must develop through rigorous, repetitive training. Other, less apparent elements like developing overall upper-body strength and flexibility, and maintaining excellent conditioning to reduce the risk of injury, are equally important, though sometimes slipping under the radar. An excellent quarterback, however, will focus on each of these elements, giving them equal status in his mind, and knowing that each part is crucial to his total functioning as a consistent, successful quarterback.

Great Quarterback Throwing Technique Leads To Great Quarterback Results

Think of all your quarterback heroes -- they didn't reach hero status using erratic, unreliable throwing techniques. That's not to say that they don't have bad games, games where they could not throw the ball in the ocean if they tried -- but what separates the heroes from the chumps is their ability to shake it off, to break out of the slump and return quickly to form. The great players rebound quickly because they have great technique in the first place, technique that through long practice has been built into their muscle memory, and is therefore instantly re-accessible with the proper focus.

Great quarterback throwing technique can also be yours, and like the great players you idolize, you too can quickly shake off a slump to re-emerge as the leader you are, returning to your solid form and outstanding results. Make the commitment on the practice field to do the work every day that is necessary for you to lock down the fundamentals of great technique in your mind, and watch as they begin to show up in every throw you make. As in the mind, so in the body; think and work like your heroes and begin to perform like them as well.


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