How to Grip & Throw Each Pitch

After I field the ball I keep my hand in the glove holding the ball in the middle of my chest, I shuffle in the direction of where I am throwing and then I make the throw. When I do these two things my throws usually are where they need to be. After we field the ball and it is in our hand, we are holding it differently every time. We need to work on our feel of the baseball so we can take any hold we initially have and change it to a 4 seam grip every time.

Don’t expect the cutter to be your strikeout pitch. In order to throw a four-seam fastball, a pitcher grips the ball with his two fingers across the open space between seams and the edges of his fingers slightly over the seam. This is the way fielders are typically instructed to throw the ball, because it produces the straightest plane. Ultimately, your goal with this grip should be to create as much backspin as possible when the ball is thrown.

Tilt and ball position – an inward or outward tilt or a lateral shift towards the pinky/glove side. We only typically see this is pitchers are trying to embrace more of a cut fastball profile. Another variable to consider is whether to place the fingers on-seam or off-seam.

To grip the four-seam fastball, place your index and middle fingertips directly on the perpendicular seam of the baseball. This is achieved by taking your middle and index fingers of your throwing hand, and placing it perpendicular to the horseshoe of the seams on the baseball. A changeup is a pitch that is intentionally thrown slowly.

The pitcher should attempt to get the hand up high in the cocked position with the elbow at least as high as the shoulder. This way the pitcher will be accelerating in a downward plane. At the start of the motion, the arm action should be just the same as on the fastball. Use a full range of motion, don’t short arm the back swing or curl the wrist.

To work on getting the proper grip on the ball, players should start with the ball on the ground. Reach down and grab the ball, quickly rotating it to find the proper four-seam grip. As you do this, you’ll move your body and arm into throwing position, aimed at the target. And arguably most important pitch in a player’s arsenal.

So if a pitcher throws an MPH fastball, an effective change up speed will be MPH. The change up is thrown with exactly the same arm action and arm speed as the fastball, but with a grip that provides less force behind the ball and therefore less speed. Use a slightly firmer finger pressure than the four all pro passer football seamer and hold the baseball a little deeper in the hand. The ball should come off the finger pad of the outer half of the middle finger. This will give the ball some side and backward rotation, causing the ball to move slightly, although not as much as a two-seam fastball, which is described later.

The fastball is about 1-3MPH slower than the four-seam fastball and sinks slightly. Moreover, the two-seam fastball offers slower speed and less control to the pitcher. To grip a four-seam fastball, you should place your index and middle fingertips on the perpendicular seam of the ball. The fastball umbrella includes many different pitches.

The ball begins on the outer half of the plate and ends well inside, out of the strike zone. The wrist will not be as loose as on a four-seam fastball. Here are some pictures of finger placement for the two-seam fastball. The ball comes out of the hand as the wrist flexes forward to a neutral position and the hand crosses a line about even with the pitcher’s face.

The splitter pitching grip was invented by Roger Craig and is popular amongst ace players such as Bruce Sutter, Rich Harden, and David Cone. The hitter experiences an optical illusion because he expects the ball to drop 4-5 inches like a 2 seamer but it stays up longer than other pitches (drops only 2-3 inches). The partner will toss the ball and the receiver will catch the ball with two hands and transition into a four-seam grip. Improve catching a ball, proper throwing grip, and delivering a consistent throw by practicing the fundamentals used in this drill. The pitch gets its name because it looks like you can see four seams when it travels towards you. As the ball rotates you see four seams which is different than what you see with a curve or a two-seamer.

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