IF PITCHERS LEARN THE CORRECT PITCHING GRIPS, THEY CAN MAXIMIZE THEIR ABILITY AS THEY GROW AND MATURE
GOOD PITCHING MECHANICS INCLUDE PROPER GRIPS.
Young pitchers should learn the correct grip for the
fastball (both the two-seam and four-seam) and the change-up.
The fastball and change-up grips should be mastered before attempting the curveball. The correct curveball grip will help a pitcher with the spin and rotation needed to throw the curveball. The fastball grips and change-up should be mastered by age 14.
A good age to begin mastering the curveball is 15. This will allow young players to begin maturing, which will help minimize the stress on the growth plates of the arm.
Throwing the curveball is not about "twisting the wrist" as some think, but about setting the ball correctly in the curveball grip and maximizing the arm speed to increase the spin/roation of the ball. The more arm speed, the better the spin/rotation of the ball.
(*Note: The grips in the photos below are from a LHP)
TWO-SEAM FB (LEFT) AND FOUR-SEAM FB (RIGHT)
THE TWO-SEAM FB
Used down in the strike zone. Will run (L-R for RHP and R-L for LHP)
THE FOUR-SEAM FB
Used up in the strike zone. Usually doesn't have as much movement as the two-seamer, easier to control.
THE CIRCLE CHANGE
THE CURVE BALL
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