Introduction: Different Types of Baseball Pitches

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This instructable includes different types of pitches.

Step 1: 4 Seamer

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This is a regular 4 seam fastball.

Step 2: 2 Seamer

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This is a 2 seam fastball,

Step 3: Changeup

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This is a changeup. Throw slowly and accurate.

Step 4: Circle Changeup

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This is a circle changeup. Throw slowly also.

Step 5: Curveball

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Start at this grip, Then twist around to make your palm point upward. If you are under 25 you could seriously injure your arm throwing this a bunch of times.

Step 6: Slider

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This has a lot of movement. Throw regular. Not slow.

Step 7: Knuckleball

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Throw overhand. Don't flap wrist when throwing.

Step 8: Enjoy

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Have fun. I hope this will help you in the future if you become a pitcher. I am also a pitcher. Remember, do not throw the curveball a bunch of times.

Comments

BIGBOI93 (author)2010-09-05

This grip is more of a palmball, a slider should have your pointer and middle fingers across the widest part of the seams gripping the outer third of the ball and throw just as you would throw a fastball keeping your wrist loose

1LoganAdams1 (author)BIGBOI932015-11-17

Well said!

1LoganAdams1 (author)2015-11-17

None of these grips are right except for the two-seam fastball.

RedStark (author)2011-07-21

i just flick my wirst and it curves like a 1/2 a foot

1LoganAdams1 (author)RedStark2015-11-17

Don't flick your wrist dude, your going to have arm problems if you do.

ericabneri (author)2013-09-14

You have the wrong grips

1LoganAdams1 (author)ericabneri2015-11-17

I completely agree with you, especially on the Slider.

bigbassboy (author)2015-06-01

thanks I play baseball

stevenellis (author)2010-01-22

Nice pitching grips, but I'd encourage you to throw all of your off-speed pitches with the same arm speed as your fastball. So while it's true that your changeup should be 12-15 mph slower than your fastball, the arm speed should be the same to create deception.

Steven Ellis
Former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
Baseball Pitching Grips

RedStark (author)stevenellis2011-07-21

can you post some videos on different pitching grips and ways to throw them?

BIGBOI93 (author)2010-09-05

When throwing a circle change your thumb and pointer finger should be touching or overlaping your thumb

BIGBOI93 (author)2010-09-05

Just to add the closer you move your fingers together the more movement you get out of the pitch

mbrinkm (author)2009-05-04

You should NEVER twist or snap your hand when throwing any pitch, including a curveball. That increases the stress on your elbow and shoulder and leads to significant injury issues. A proper curveball is accomplished with grip and angle of the hand position during a normal throwing motion. Please refer to any book or video by Tom House on this issue

Bert99 (author)mbrinkm2009-05-08

I suppose you didn't read my instructable very carefully. I warned everyone who viewed my instructable about hurting yourself when throwing a curveball.

mbrinkm (author)Bert992009-05-13

I read it; the way that you described how to throw the pitch is incorrect and will lead to injury regardless of how old you are. If you are throwing a curveball that way and do any significant amounts of pitching then you will have an injury eventually. That's why I pointed you to Tom House - the current pitching coach at USC, former pitching coach for the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, and is well respected in baseball for his knowledge. A proper curveball is no more damaging than a fastball and little league players should still throw nothing but fastballs.

Bert99 (author)mbrinkm2009-05-14

I know. I did hurt my arm, but my friend showed me how to throw the right way.

lemonie (author)2009-05-02

This doesn't work as stills - get someone to film you pitching and post a slow-mo' video. L

Bert99 (author)lemonie2009-05-03

How? I am sorry but these are righty grips.

lemonie (author)Bert992009-05-03

The grips may be right, but they go with the pitching. It would be good to show the full technique in video. Things like "Don't flap wrist when throwing" are often best addressed by showing someone how to do it right. I was going off the title "baseball pitches" rather than seeing these as "grips for baseball pitches". And I'd like to see a video, difficult as it might be to do. L

Bert99 (author)2009-05-03

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