Madden 21 Guide: How to Throw a Touch Pass

To really become a field general, you'll need to learn the touch pass. Follow our guide on how to throw a touch pass in Madden 21 and put the ball on the money.

It's once again Madden season  or #MaddenSZN on social media  and with another electric QB on the cover in Lamar Jackson, the game's passing mechanics have to be just as reliable and big play-ready as the Ravens signal-caller. And to really volley the deep ball like Jackson does, you'll want to learn to execute a great touch pass in Madden 21.

Bullet passes will often get picked off going down the field, but good timing and accuracy on the throw to your receivers can make the difference between turnover and touchdown. These tips work whether you're playing Franchise mode, Face of the Franchise, MUT, Superstar KO, or plain online multiplayer. 

How to Throw a Touch Pass in Madden 21

With the ball snapped and the quarterback in the pocket ready to fire, press and release the receiver icon.

It may sound silly, but this is the precise language the game uses. What's important to remember is:

  • A bullet pass requires you hold the button
  • A lob pass requires you tap it

So throwing a good touch pass needs to be somewhere in between holding and tapping the receiver button. This goes for whether you're playing the game on PC, PS4, or Xbox One.  

This year's Madden revamped the controller layout in several areas, and the game doesn't do a great job outside of the Skills Trainer in explaining that.

We recommend heading there by going to Exhibition>Skills Trainer>Basic Offense>Passing Mechanics. In there, you'll be able to practice your touch pass, in addition to learning many other moves for all positions on the field.

That's all you need to know about how to throw a touch pass in Madden 21. For more on the latest NFL release to take the field, head over to our Madden 21 game page, where you can see more guides, as well as our review of the seasonal franchise


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Published Sep. 2nd 2020

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