How to Grip & Throw Each Pitch

Just make sure you keep your wrist loose so you can get a nice wrist-snap; this will give the ball more spin when you release it. If you gripped the ball correctly, it should spin off your index finger from the outside of the ball. To grip a two-seam fastball, place the index and middle fingers directly on top of the narrow seams as shown in the picture above.

This pitch has very late down movement which makes this pitch to lay off of. Depending on the pitcher, some will throw a change-up that has a little depth, and some just float it in there and rely on the slow pitch softball pitches change in speed, and the similar spin for effectiveness. Now with your ring finger, you can allow the ball to fully rest in your hand by bringing this finger up into your hand to cradle the baseball.

Throws in the field will be with a four-seam grip, and we’d want to get good ball flight when playing defense. As you throw your fastball, aim towards a target and pull down on the seams using your index and middle fingers as you get close to release. A cue we like to use when throwing is to “yank” the ball down as hard as possible, as it should feel as if the ball “shoots” out of your hand. Another difference you will notice is that the cutter breaks opposite of the two-seamer. If you are a righty, it will break in on the hands of a lefty – or away from a right-handed hitter.

In that article, I primarily focused on sliders – but four-seam fastballs can undergo the same force. By looking at an observed vs actual spin axis chart, which compares what the ball should’ve done to what it did, you can see if a pitch experienced seam-shifted wake. To demonstrate this, I’ll look at San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers.

Scientific studies have shown that the four-seam and two-seam fastballs have essentially the same flight paths and speeds, but, typically, a batter perceives a difference between them. The perceived difference is due to flicker fusion threshold, which is defined as the frequency that a flashing light appears “steady” to the human eye. You don’t have to twist your wrist when you throw it because the way you’re holding the ball will create the spin necessary for the ball to break.

Not sure why this went unanswered, or if you’ll ever see the response, but here’s a free amateur response anyway. As I understand it, a “riser” is a bit of a misnomer, but it refers to a fastball. The better the rotation on a fastball, the more “lift” it has on it to counter gravity. However gravity still prevails, so the ball does not, in fact, ever actually gain altitude. So in a nutshell, your perception is that the ball is rising.

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