Tips on Pitching, to Help You Become Good At Baseball Training

July 27, 2009

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If you want to learn how to become good at baseball training, you need to learn how to pitch. Until you get out of high school, you’re not going to have to learn more than two basic pitches, the fastball and curveball. In addition, these two pitches can be expanded because you can execute four pitches out of each. Both the curveball and the fastball can be thrown low outside, low inside, high outside, and high inside. Changing the speed of each pitch, too, widens the assortment you can choose from.

The group is largely the same for both the fastball and curve. Your forefinger and middle finger are in a comfortable “V” on top of the ball, with your thumb underneath. Let’s take the fastball from the three-quarter or overhand delivery. Your hand is directly behind the ball. When the ball leaves your hand, it’s going to rotate upward, toward the pitcher. To spin the ball more effectively, you’re usually going to grab the ball across the stitches, either across the narrow or wide part of the figure 8 pattern, your choice.

To throw the curveball, you’re going to make the ball rotate or spin away from the hitter in an angle. The ball should go down and out, not horizontal or “flat.” Run your top fingers along the stitches angle through the delivery as you will with the fastball.

When you snap your wrist forward, you twist your hand outward and bear down on your outside finger. If you’re a beginner, twirl the ball at the proper angle first. To help with this, paint a large black spot on one side of the ball so that you can have a visual reference to get the proper spin.

To improve control, you can use a set of what are called “strings” to show you where your target is. Stretch string between two trees or poles at shoulder height. Another one is stretched out at knee height. Tie two pieces of twine 12 inches apart to the top string and loop both around the bottom string. This forms a visible rectangle, which is your “strike zone.” Then, build the pitching mound in front of the strings at the proper distance away.

Performing the windup

For the windup, we’re going to use the three quarter delivery, because this is the most popularly used. You’re going to employ two basic positions, the stretch and the full windup. The full windup is mostly used where runners are on second and third, first second and third, or third. The “stretch” is put into play with players on first, first and second, or first and third.

Beginning at about eight years old, good baseball players can be taught to throw from the stretch position first and then be fully introduced later to the full windup position. Before starting any type of move including the pitch, standing is important. One foot, the pitching foot, has to be in contact with the pitching rubber until the ball is delivered.

The pitching foot is the right one for a right-handed pitcher, the left foot for a left-handed pitcher. This foot has to be on the plate at the start of the windup and remain in contact with the plate until the body is at the end of the delivery cycle. In other words, the pitcher cannot move to the pitching plate and use that as part of the windup.

The pitching foot needs to extend over the forward edge of the mound, heel on top. The weight is comfortably distributed on the back foot behind the rubber. The pitching hand holds the ball behind the pitching leg, out of the batter’s sight.

When the pitcher sees both the batting and catching people are in proper positions, he can begin his pitch.

Regular practice is the best way to improve any aspect of your baseball game, no matter what position you’re practicing for. Good baseball players are made as well as born.


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