Saturday, April 19, 2014

How To Grip And Throw A Three Finger Changeup ( Part 4)

How To Grip And Throw A Three Finger Changeup
How to grip and throw a three finger changeup - pitching grips for the three finger changeup

Three finger changeup
A three-finger changeup is a good off-speed pitch for younger baseball pitchers – and for those who do not have big hands.
To throw an effective three-finger changeup, center your ring, middle, and index fingers on top of the baseball (as shown in the third picture at right). Your thumb and pinky finger should be placed on the smooth leather directly underneath the baseball (as shown in the middle picture).
A lot of pitchers that I work with like to "touch" their pinky and thumb when gripping this pitch (as shown in the middle picture). It helps to develop a good "feel" for the pitch, which is important since the changeup is a finesse pitch.
OK, now that you've got your grip, hold the baseball deep in the palm of your hand to maximize friction and to "de-centralize" the force of the baseball when the pitch is released. This helps take speed off of the pitch. Throw it like you would a fastball: Same mechanics. Same arm speed. Same everything.
One way to develop "fastball mechanics" but changeup speed is to practice throwing your changeup as you long toss (throwing beyond 90 feet). Alternate fastballs and changeups at 90-or-more feet for about 20 throws a couple of times a week.
Note: Advanced pitchers can experiment with "turning the ball over" to create even more movement on the pitch. To do this, pronate your throwing hand (turn it over as if you were giving your catcher a "thumbs down" hand signal) as you throw the pitch.

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How To Grip And Throw A Two Seam Fastball ( Part 3)

How To Grip And Throw A Two Seam Fastball
How to grip and throw a two seam fastball - pitching grips for the two seam fastball

Two seam fastball
A two seam fastball, much like a sinker or cutter (cut fastball), is gripped slightly tighter and deeper in the throwing-hand than the four-seam fastball. This pitch generally is thought of as a "movement pitch" (as opposed to the four-seam fastball, which is primarily thought of as a "straight pitch").
When throwing a two-seam fastball, your index and middle fingers are placed directly on top of the narrow seams of the baseball (as shown in the picture on the left).
Next, place your thumb directly on the bottom side of the baseball and on the smooth leather in between the narrow seams (as shown in the picture on the right).
Again, a two seamer is gripped a little firmer than the four seamer. A firm grip causes friction, which causes the baseball to change direction, usually "backing up" - or running in - to the throwing hand side of the plate. It also slightly reduces the speed of the pitch, which is why most two-seamers register about 1 to 3 mph slower than four-seam fastballs.
One thing I did with this pitch in college and in professional baseball was to always throw my two-seam fastball to the throwing-hand side of the plate and my four seam fastball to the glove-hand side of the plate. In other words, because I'm a righty, I'd throw two-seamers inside to right-handed batters and four-seamers away. I always liked how the feel of the grip of the two-seamer in my glove (when I was in my pre-pitch stance) let me know on a sub-conscious level that I was going inside on guy.

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How to Throw Baseball Pitches (Part 1)

How to Throw Baseball Pitches

Guide Note There are some basic fundamentals that every pitcher must know to learn How to Throw Baseball Pitches. This page provides information on how to grip the baseball for popular types of pitches and how to use proper pitching mechanics to ensure fluidity of motion and accuracy of pitches.
Table of Contents
·         Introduction
·         Step 1: Stance
·         Step 2: Grip
·         Step 3: Pitching Motion
·         Step 4: Achieving Consistency
·         Conclusion
·         Resources
Pitching Tips
Every pitcher will develop a personal technique and approach to pitching.
Experiment with all kinds of different techniques to find what works best for you.
Baseball is the only sport where the defensive team has possession of the ball, making the pitcher perhaps the most important player on the field.
Great pitchers use a variety of different pitches, varying pitches' speeds and movements to gain competitive advantage against the batter.
Popular Pitches:
·         Two-Seam Fastball
·         Four-Seam Fastball
·         Circle Change
·         Curveball
·         Slider
·         Knuckleball


·         You've probably thrown a baseball before. But it's likely that nobody confuses you for a Major Leaguer (or a Minor Leaguer, or even a semi-pro ballplayer). As anyone who's watched baseball knows, each pitcher has his own stance, motion, arm angle, and delivery. And that means you can experiment with your delivery and pitches to find what gets you a little more "oomph" in your throws. Maybe you'll never advance beyond your rec league, but, with a little practice, you can wow your friends and teammates with strong, accurate throws all day long.
·         You'll need a ball, a glove, and (preferably) a partner. Play ball!

·         An accurate pitch begins before you even start your throwing motion. Pre-pitch fundamentals are just as important as a strong and accurate arm. Your entire body goes into delivering a pitch, so you have to know how to make every part best work in concert to deliver the perfect pitch every time. How you set your feet and legs (your stance) is the first step in making a successful pitch.
WARNING: Pitching can put a tremendous strain on all parts of the body—most specifically the arm.[1] Younger pitchers are especially vulnerable to arm troubles.[2] If you experience pain or discomfort while pitching, consult your doctor. Younger pitchers involved with any level of development within little league baseball should consult the latest guidelines regarding pitch counts.
Face your target.
Your feet should be just outside your shoulders.
Keep your legs straight, about a shoulder-width apart.
If you're on a pitching mound with a rubber, stand near the right of the rubber if you're right-handed, left of the rubber if you're left-handed.
Raise both hands to about chest level while holding the ball in your glove.