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Fastest softball pitch


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Does anyone know what the world speed record is for a woman's windmill softball pitch? Are there radar guns measuring the speed of pitches at collegiate softball games? I don't remember seeing any at NPF games, although I think that would make a great addition to the sport.

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There isn’t much about softball in the Guinness Book of World Records. As reported by Softball.org, the Guinness record for the fastest softball pitch is 69.0 mph (111 km per hour) set by Australian Zara Mee on June 29, 2005. A USA Today.com article on the Athens 2004 Olympics states that Jennie Finch “tosses a ball 71 miles per hour.” According to Nuttyaboutsports.com the fastest softball pitch clocked at the 2000 Olympic Games in Atlanta was 73.2 mph.

I agree, radar guns would add a lot of spectator interest to softball games.

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From the Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games:

One pitch at Atlanta was clocked at 118 kilometres per hour (73.3 mph). Considering the pitcher stands 13.1 metres (43 feet) from the batter, and the hardest-throwing baseball pitchers throw 160 kilometres per hour (99.4 mph) from 18.4 metres (60 feet), softball batters have essentially the same time to react as their baseball counterparts.



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A new television program Sport Science measures the speed of Jennie Finch’s fastball, and compares the force of her pitch to that of a 95-mph baseball pitch. The show also uses multiple self-synchronizing cameras to analyze Jennie’s pitching mechanics. The program airs Sundays at 9 PM on the Fox Sports Network. It’s not clear which specific episodes will include the Jennie Finch segments.

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On my radar gun I have shot male pitchers at 78 mph and women at 73 mph. I don't know the record, if there even is one.

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What kind of radar gun are you using?

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It's a Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun. Does the job!




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