Offensive Line Tips: How to Grip the Ball for a Snap

A play can’t start without the snap of the football. Learn how to properly grip and exchange the pigskin with these Pro Tips.

September 25, 2017

One of the key components in the quarterback/center exchange is the center’s grip on the football. With the proper grip, the center will help eliminate turnovers in that exchange.


To make the snap, approach the football, get in a good two-point stance, sink your hips to get in an athletic position, put your elbows on your knees and reach out with your dominant hand to grab the ball.


As you grab the football, take the thumb knuckle of your dominant hand and put it between the white strip and the laces with your palm resting on the football. Your other four fingers should spread out across the seam of the football.


As you are snapping the ball, turn it inward so the quarterback will receive the laces.


Protecting the ball with a clean exchange to the quarterback is key for the success of any offense.