9 Pitching Grips | Baseball Pitching


There are a variety of different baseball
pitching grips that pitchers can utilize to throw off hitters’ timing. The most common grip that all
position players use and pitchers, commonly, is the four seam fast ball
grip. This grip will throw the baseball in the straightest,
fastest fashion. It’s important with all of these grips that
pitchers keep the same arm speed and arm slot as they deliver the
pitch so, as not to tip off the batter as to what pitch is coming. The second grip that can be used on the baseball
is the two seam fast ball grip as the two fingers are held across the
two laces. And this creates a
downward, sinking motion. Thrown from a left-handed pitcher’s arm, the
ball will drop down and away from a right-handed
batter and vice versa for a right-handed pitcher. Another pitch that can be thrown is known
as the cut fast ball. The cut
fast ball is effective in that’s it’s a combination of the fast ball and
the slider and that it runs away from the batter. So a right-handed pitcher
like Mariano Rivera, who mastered the cut fast ball, throws pitches that
run away from a right-handed batter and into a left-handed batter as a
right-handed pitcher. The cutter, as it’s known, has been Rivera’s
only pitch his entire career as the greatest relief
pitcher of all time. Another effective pitch, which more young
players should be focusing on, is the change up. The change up can be thrown with two different
grips. The
three finger, or trophy change up, in which three fingers are on top of the
baseball and the thumb and the pinkie fingers are attached below the
baseball. And the circle change up, where the player
will make an okay symbol with his pointer finger and thumb and
drape the other three fingers around the baseball. As with all change ups, it’s imperative that
pitchers not slow down their delivery when delivering
a change up. Otherwise, the
batter will be tipped off. Another pitch that’s an effective pitch to
use at higher levels is the split finger fast ball. The split finger fast ball, which was mastered
by Mike Scott in the late 1970s, early 1980s,
has been used by many players since, including Roger Clemens. The split finger fast ball is held between
the pointer finger and the middle finger, and it is thrown just two to
three miles an hour slower than a fast ball. The batter perceives that it’s
a fast ball approaching, and then the ball drops right out from under. And
he swings over it quite commonly. The fork ball is a similar pitch to the split
finger fast ball, except that it’s held deeper in the hand. As a result, it goes slower than a split
finger fast ball and it has a tumbling action. The fork ball has been
perfected by a couple of pitchers in history, namely, Jack Morris, in the
mid-1980s and early ’90s and most recently, Tim Lincecum of the San
Francisco Giants. Another pitch that’s become very popular is
the knuckle ball. R.A. Dickey
of the New York Mets has had a Cy Young-level season by perfecting the
knuckle ball. He has the fastest knuckle ball in history. The curve ball is a pitch thrown with the
two fingers next to each other along one of the seams on the baseball. This ball will break from nose to
toes or 12 to 6 as hands on a clock. An effective curve ball is thrown with
the fingers leading the way and the back of the hand being thrown towards
the catcher. Dwight “Doc” Gooden was known to throw an
excellent nose to toes curve ball. And in modern times, Stephen Strasburg of
the Washington Nationals has a very sharp, breaking curve
ball. The slider is another effective which pitchers
can use to throw off hitters’ timing. The slider is a combination fast ball and
curve ball, and it’s thrown much more like a fast ball. And the pitcher will put his
fingers together against the seam and really focus on that middle finger as
he delivers the pitch. C.C. Sabathia is a modern-day pitcher who throws
an effective slider. Decades ago, Bob Gibson was known for having
a wicked slider. And perhaps most famously, David Cone, in
July of 1999, threw a perfect game by throwing a very sharp, nasty
slider.

30 thoughts on “9 Pitching Grips | Baseball Pitching

  1. THIS GUY IS AMAZING,HE EXPLAINS WHAT N HOW DIFFERENT PITCHES REACTS,I PLAY BASEBALL VIDEO GAMES,N I CREATE ME SN PITCHER,I NEVER KNEW WHAT EXACTLY SOME PITCHES DO,N THIS VIDEO JRLPED
    ME ALOT,THANK U SIR

  2. Only thing that would have made this video better is if they had a clip of the pitch being thrown after talking about it so we could see it in action.

  3. I don’t play on a baseball team. But I can play whiffle ball and do certain grips: Splitter, Forkball, 4 Seam fastball, Circle Change, Curveball, Slider and a Knuckleball.

  4. There’s literally no such thing as tipping off batters during your release. As long as your arm slot isn’t obviously different from other pitches then yes. But if you’re deadening your leg to throw a change up, then there’s not a way for the batter to know because of the speed of the delivery, plus they’re focused on hitting the ball.

  5. There’s literally no such thing as tipping off batters during your release. As long as your arm slot isn’t obviously different from other pitches then yes. But if you’re deadening your leg to throw a change up, then there’s not a way for the batter to know because of the speed of the delivery, plus they’re focused on hitting the ball.

  6. Control and break will master your velocity learn control, break, then speed I can care less about throwing 97-104 mph fastball if your gonna be walking and hitting batters all day I rather throw 86-60 and have control over the whole plate and a combination with my off speed.

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