Free Baseball Lesson 4

Perfect Baseball Perfected Pitch by Pitch

How to Throw a Curve-ball

Coach Josh Merrill seeks to show pitchers how to throw a curve-ball. Throwing a curve-ball is a big part of attacking and getting hitters out. It is a quality pitch that keeps hitters off balanced. Pitchers need to understand that throwing a curve-ball is no different than throwing a fastball. The arm action does not change. The pitcher will throw the ball just as hard as his fastball. The only thing that the pitcher will change is the grip of the ball. The pitcher will hold the ball on a 2-seam grip, and put the middle finger on the outside seam. The ring finger, and middle finger will be together with the thumb underneath, or on the side of the ball. The most important part of throwing a curve-ball is to get the ball out in front. If you try to throw a curve-ball back behind: it will sail high in the zone, and it can put a pitchers arm in jeopardy. Throwing a curve-ball correctly puts a lot of stress on an arm. Throwing a curve-ball incorrectly puts added stress on the arm. A large part of making sure the arm is out in front is to break the hands on time. If hand-break is late, arm will be caught back behind the body. The other important aspect of throwing a curve-ball is the finish. Once the arm is out in front the pitcher will pull down violently and take arm to inside of front knee. This is what puts the downward spin on the baseball. The harder a pitcher pulls down, the faster the ball with travel downward. If you are reading this and want to learn more about how to throw a curve-ball, or other pitches please contact us. Extra Innings Analytics strives to teach our pitchers the fundamentals of pitching. We want our pitchers to have consistent mechanics, and be able to throw multiple pitches for strikes. We want our players to have an attacking mindset with all of their pitches. If this is something that sounds enticing: please contact us and let us help you become a dominating pitcher. Together we can help you achieve your baseball goals.

Benefits of Video Analysis

Another benefit of video analysis is that it works for multiple sport athletes. The culture of sports has shifted from kids playing every sport, to kids choosing their best one or two sports. Kids who play multiple sports feel “behind” because they miss out on private instruction. I have worked with a handful of two or three sport athletes. They go from one athletic season to another. Private lessons with these types of athletes is nearly impossible. They have practice, film, and weights for their in-season sport. They have no time during “business” hours. However, with video analysis all they have to find time to do is take a video. The rest of the process occurs on their schedule, or when they are sitting down to eat dinner. The accessibility of video analysis; and the instruction that comes along with it is going to allow multiple sport athletes to thrive in multiple sports.

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