Thursday, January 6, 2011

Learning Pitches

Start with developing a good fastball. Ball control and movement is more important than velocity. The aim is to keep batters off balance and mess with their timing. It's nice to be able to blow the ball past the hitter, but pitch location helps to get hitters out.

Fastball
4 -seam fastball is the primary pitch (two fingers across the seams, thumb on bottom)
2-seam fastball uses the same arm motion and speed, but with a different grip (with the seams)

4-seam and 2-seam fastballs

Change-up
The change-up uses the same arm motion of the fastball but the grip is with more fingers causing additional friction on the ball. Young kids often use the claw grip. Older kids tend to use a circle change.

Bonus
Short video instruction talking about the basics of throwing a knuckleball.


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