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Proper pitching begins with having the right grip on the baseball. Here are some of the most universal baseball pitches:
To properly grasp the baseball in preparation for the four seam fastball, start by placing your index and middle fingers directly across the seams of the baseball, not with them. Next, place your thumb directly beneath the baseball. Grip the pitch softly, as if you are holding an egg in your fingertips (there should be space between the ball and your palm). This is essential to throwing a good, hard four-seam fastball with maximum backspin and acceleration. Having a loose grip will minimize the resistance between your hand and the baseball. Less resistance means the baseball can leave your hand quicker.
Three Finger Changeup
To throw a powerful three-finger changeup, begin by centering your index, middle, and ring fingers on top of the baseball. Then, position your pinky and thumb underneath the baseball with a comfortable grip. Hold the baseball deep in the palm of your hand to maximize resistance and to distribute the force of the baseball when the pitch is released. Throw it as if you were throwing a fastball: use the same mechanics and arm speed.
One of the most universal breaking ball grips is the straight curveball. First, grip the baseball with the seams, not across them, with your middle finger on top of one seam with your thumb on an opposite seam that is comfortable. Push your thumb upward as you drive your middle and index fingers down to create rotation prior to releasing the ball.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|