As a quarterback coach, it’s crucial to teach young quarterbacks how to master the quick release. Two key components of the quick release are hip opening and proper body mechanics when throwing the quick game. Let’s look at both aspects and how they work together to help quarterbacks improve their quick-release throws.
Hip Opening on Quick-Release Throws to Slants and Hooks
Opening up the hips is crucial for accuracy, velocity, and success when throwing quick-release passes to slants and hooks. With proper hip rotation, quarterbacks can generate enough power to throw the ball quickly and accurately.
To ensure proper hip opening, quarterbacks should start with a solid base in the load position, with their back foot slightly behind the front foot, knees slightly bent, and weight distributed evenly between both feet. From there, the quarterback should focus on opening their forward leg and hip towards the target as they step into the throw.
This movement allows the quarterback to rotate their upper body and generate more torque, increasing throwing velocity and accuracy. In addition to improving throwing mechanics, opening up the hips allows quarterbacks to read the defense better and make better decisions.
Body Mechanics of Throwing Quick Slants
Proper body mechanics are critical for quarterbacks to throw the ball with accuracy, velocity, and efficiency when throwing quick slants. Here are some key body mechanics for quarterbacks to focus on when throwing quick slants:
Load Base Position: The load base position is fundamental for all throwing motions. The quarterback should have their feet shoulder-width apart, with their weight evenly distributed between both feet.
Hip Rotation: As the quarterback takes a short step forward with their front foot, they should pivot on their back foot, allowing their hips to rotate and generate momentum.
Arm Motion: The arm motion should be quick and efficient. The quarterback should bring the ball back to their ear with their elbow at a 90-degree angle. As the quarterback steps forward with their front foot, they should release the ball quickly, with a short, compact throwing motion.
Follow-Through: The quarterback should follow through with their throwing motion, extending their arm towards the target and pointing their fingers at the intended receiver.
By focusing on these mechanics and practicing them consistently, quarterbacks can improve their accuracy, velocity, and overall success on the field.
In conclusion, mastering the quick release requires a combination of proper hip opening and body mechanics when throwing quick slants. By teaching young quarterbacks these fundamentals and providing ample practice, coaches can help them develop the skills necessary to excel at this critical game aspect.