We are here today talking about the curveball
and what we are going to do today is talk about some things to do with the curveball
and how to throw it and the first thing we want to do is we want to make sure that we
get a good grip on the baseball and what we are going to do is we are going to take our
fingers and we are going to put them on the side of the horseshoe here and then we are
going to get our middle finger on the inside of the ball. So we want to make sure that
as the ball comes forward we are going to have some type of an overspin. A typical curveball
is going to break more up and down than it is going to be right to left for a right-hander.
What we are going to do now is we are going to talk about some ways on how to throw that
curveball and the big thing we want to do is when we get back into separation is we
want to have our thumb turned towards our head so as we bring our arm forward we are
going to create that overspin. What we want to do is we want to avoid taking the ball
and turning it and twisting it which tends to cause a little bit more stress or tension
before the acceleration phase of the throw. What we want to watch in our athletes when
throwing a curveball is that they have the same arm action, arm speed and body language
that they do on a fastball. So what I am going to do here is I am going to go ahead and I
am going to throw a fastball and then I am going to follow that up with a curveball.
So what you want to notice on the curveball is this typically has an overhand break “12
to 6” but anything that usually has more of an overhand break than a side to side break
would be considered a regulation curveball.