By Bill Mountjoy, Life Member, American Football Coaches Association
In more than 30 years of coaching, I have seen it all when it comes to errors in passing mechanics. Often, passers can fix their errors simply by identifying the root causes of poor passes. By seeing an errant pass for what it is, and identifying mechanical issues, coaches can help quarterbacks become more accurate passers.
Below is a list of common passing errors and their causes. Coaches can look at those causes and help quarterbacks adjust.
Correcting Passing Errors
|Overthrow||Release behind top of arc. Overstride.|
|Underthrow||Release in front of top of arc. Understride.|
|Tail of Ball Wobbles||Jerky motion. Palm not rotated down. Elbow too wide. Grip too far forward or back on ball.|
|Ball Floats||Point too high. Loose grip.|
|Point Too High||Point up on grip.|
|Point Too Low||Point down on grip.|
|Inability To Throw With Velocity||Weight not transferred to front foot. Poor hip and shoulder rotation. Not pulling down on ball. No hand acceleration. No follow through. Throwing across the body.
|Inaccuracy||Initial step not at the target. Throwing across body. Not pointing fingertips at target. Poor concept of receiver routes.|
Bill Mountjoy has 33 years of high school football coaching experience in Virginia, as well as five years experience coaching on the college level.
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