Top 10 Pitching Grips to Dominate EVERY Hitter You Face! [Top 10 Thursday Ep.5]

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the video. Alright so the first one is going to be the
sinker. Of course, it’s my favorite. If you guys been following the channel, my
YouTube channel, for any time you know that the sinker is my favorite pitch by far and
it’s because it was the most effective for me. I truly believe it is what got me drafted
and took me to the next level in baseball and it’s such an effective pitch that at some
times I thought it was almost like cheating because when you throw it well the batters
swing and miss hugely. So it’s such a great pitch and it’s very safe
for the arms. So, how do we grip the sinker? What you are going to do, at least what I
did and what was successful for me is, I would grab it on the seams here with my pointer
finger right here on this seam and my middle finger right next to it. I have fat fingers so it kind of looks like
I’m on both seams, but I’m actually trying to be on this seam with the pointer finger
and the middle finger is right next to it. My thumb is going to be in line underneath
with the pointer finger, so I’ve got more on this side of the ball than I do that side
of the ball. Now the most important thing for the sinker
when you throw it is going to be your arm angle and your wrist angle and getting on
top of the ball. So if you’re a guy who is a little bit higher,
you’re going to have to be a little bit lower with your wrist angle. So if your arm angle is higher, your wrist
angle has to be lower. If your arm angle is lower, then your wrist
angle can be in line with your arm angle, but the most important thing is that when
you throw this pitch you want to get over it. So when I release, I’m coming over that ball
and that’s what’s going to give that movement down and slightly arm side. You want more depth, downward angle, than
arm side movement to have a good sinker. The next pitch is going to be a cutter okay. Now when I threw a cutter I was never very
good at it, but I could throw a good one on flat ground and I never really took it to
the mound. But the way I threw it was a natural cutter
okay, and for a natural cutter the way I gripped it was across the seams and I would put my
middle finger on this seam right here and my pointer finger would just be underneath
that other seam okay. Now for this one I wanted my thumb to be more
on the middle finger side okay, so right here. Now when I threw this ball I wasn’t trying
to force any spin on this like it’s not a forced cutter; this is more of a natural cutter
I just wanted to come straight down through and I’m actually going to pronate on this
pitch. So I’m not going to throw it like a curveball
or anything like that; I’m actually going to pronate and I want the last thing touching
this ball is the inside part of my middle finger on that lace and it’s going to give
a little bit of extra rotation on that side of the ball which is going to make it cut
to my glove side. So that’s another great pitch for you. The third pitch is going to be the circle
change up okay, I know you guys all know the circle change up. Now here’s the thing with the circle change
up, if you’re a sinker guy you want to grip it like your sinker so the rotation looks
the same. If you’re a two-seam guy, grip it like the
two-seam. If you’re a four-seam guy you want to grip
it like the four-seam; so let’s say you’re a four-seam guy okay, so if you’re throwing
a four-seam fastball you want to grip the circle change up like a four-seam. So I’m going across the four-seams like I
would a fastball, my middle fingers hooking that seam right there, its giving me a little
extra pull down on that. I’ve got my circle right here on the inside
and my pinky finger just kind of falls where it feels comfortable. As I throw this pitch I really want to focus
on pronating as I get through my release point and that’s going to give it the extra change
of speed as well as movement and depth that we need to get batters out. The fourth pitch is going to be the Vulcan. I threw this pitch for a few years in pro
ball as my changeup because my circle changeup was garbage so I threw the Vulcan and the
Vulcan is just like a split-finger except it’s more like a forkball actually not a split-finger,
but it’s with these fingers instead of these fingers. So basically you’re going to go on the outside
of the horseshoe like this, the pointer and thumb is going to be in a comfortable position
as well as the pinky and all we’re trying to do is come straight through that at release
point and kind of get a slipping action as we release it okay. If you get inside of the ball a little bit
it can kind of have a wobble and a down an arm side movement; if you come straight through
sometimes it’ll get like a knuckle movement and kind of just fade out and drop. Those were the two ways I try to throw it
when I was throwing it. The fifth pitch is going to be a slurve. Now the slurve is like a curve, but the way
I think of it, just to put it in perspective is a cutter is more like this, a slider is
more like this, a slurve is more like this and a curve is like this, a 12-6 is like this. So if you think about it on a clock that’s
the way I like to describe those pitches. So if we’re talking about a slurve now it’s
going to be kind of in the middle, so it’s not necessarily a 12-6 and it’s not necessarily
a cutter so it’s more in between okay. To grip that pitch the way I used to throw
it was right here on the big horseshoe on the inside, middle finger there, get a good
grip on it and then the thumb in line with that middle finger more on this side of the
ball. Now when we throw this pitch, I’m not really
trying to snap the wrist; you hear a lot of people say “snap the wrist, snap the wrist”,
I’m going to try to snap the wrist, I’m just trying to have really good arm speed and let
this ball come out this way and get this rotation. The way the seams spin, the axis on which
it spins, is going to create the angle of the movement; so if I’m trying to throw a
slurve I’m going to be throwing it this way right on that axis and that’s the angle I’m
trying to get with my wrist. Number six pitching grip it’s going to be
the 12–6 curveball, we just talked about the slurve, the curve is the same exact grip,
the only difference is like I talked about on the movement wise, we’re trying to go from
12 to 6, hence like on a clock, so that’s why they call it a 12-6 curveball. So we’re trying to come and get that four-seam
rotation going more straight down versus on the slurve it was more this way right. So same exact grip except we’re trying to
get different rotation or different angle of rotation when we release that ball everything
else stays exactly the same. Not a whole lot of wrist snap, it’s more arm
speed and getting a good release point. The seventh pitch is going to be this slider,
so on one end of the slurve we got the 12-6, on the other end we’ve got the slider. So now slider you can throw a couple different
ways; you can throw it like that slurve or that curve with the same grip and stay on
the on this side of the ball and really pull it across this way. Some guys throw it that way or you can think
fastball, fastball, fastball, same exact grip, but think fastball, fastball, and fastball
and then cut through it this way as you release okay. Some guys throw that pitch that way effectively
okay, the way you like to think about that is coming fastball, fastball, fastball and
then turning a doorknob this way okay. I didn’t throw mine that way, I wasn’t as
effective, to me it wasn’t as tight, but I have seen many guys throw it that way and
have a good pitch, good slider that way. Now one thing I do like about throwing it
that way is its more deceptive to the batter, it looks more like a fastball is coming if
you do it well. So if you’re throwing that hard, sharp, less
movement slider; that may be the way to go for you. The eighth pitching grip that I’m going to
share with you guys today is going to be the fork ball okay. Fork ball is these two fingers like the Vulcan
was these two fingers; fork ball is going to be these two and we want to split it nice
and wide off of the laces right here. Thumb can be on or off; I actually threw this
pitch with my thumb off, so basically just these two fingers, all you want to do is come
straight through and try not to tilt it any which way. You can when you get good at it, tilt it one
way or the other to get certain kind of movement, but what you want to try to do at first is
throwing straight through and have this ball flip out and when it slips out it kind of
gets that knuckleball rotation and dances all crazy that’s the beautiful thing about
this pitch, okay. Try it out on the flat ground, nice and easy
when you get better with it maybe you can bring it to the mound. Now a very similar pitch a cousin or a brother
perhaps to the fork ball will be the split finger. The difference of the split finger versus
the fork ball is the split finger is on the laces okay, so I’m on opposite horse shoe
laces, I’ve got one in the middle okay. Same thing thumb can be on or off depending;
now the only thing with the fork ball is, excuse me, the split finger is you want to
pull down with this pointer finger as you come through it, so you get a little bit of
pronation and when you pull this down it kind of gives it a little bit of knuckle, a little
bit of depth and a little bit of arm side movement so it’s a really great pitch. And number ten, the last pitch, is the Dead
Fish. I learned this pitch my junior year in college
actually when I learned my sinker and my sinker was my best pitch. The dead fish is actually a play off of the
sinker or pitch off of the sinker; basically it’s a BP fastball and when I used it was
let’s say for example there was a guy on first base and maybe I had a lefty up and I wanted
to induce a ground ball. So instead of something throwing something
hard pitch in there, I would just take a little bit off, get that nasty sink and let them
beat that ball onto the ground whoop easy DoublePlay okay. I can’t tell you how many times it worked
like clockwork okay, slowed it down a little bit I wasn’t necessarily trying to throw a
swing and miss pitch because with a swing and miss pitch that’s great, but I only get
a strike right there. If I actually let this dude hit this ball
and beat it into the ground now, I got two outs I’ll take two outs over one strike all
day long, so it’s a very good pitch. Now you’ve got to make sure that you got that
pitch, have it able to sink. If you’re throwing that pitch up there that’s
a little bit slower and it’s a meat ball and it’s not really moving BOOM now you got two
runs versus one strike. So you got to be very confident and comfortable
with this pitch. The dead fish is basically the sinker grip,
the only thing you’re going to do is take your thumb and move it to the side of the
ball right here right and now you’re just going to throw it just like a like a BP fastball. Good arm speed but you’re not like maximum,
maximum effort, so you’re just getting here and you really want to focus on that sink. So getting on top of the ball as you throw
it let the ball do the work for you let that guy beat it into the ground, get you that
double play head on back to the dugout. Guys, I really hope you guys are enjoying
these top ten Thursday videos, if you are go ahead and give me that thumbs up if you’re
interested in learning more pitching grips in my pitching 365 program which is
on sale right now. It has tons I think over 30 different pitches
that you can learn, obviously you don’t want to throw 30 pitches in a game, and your catcher
doesn’t have that many fingers to give you signs. You really want three or four really great
pitches, but at least it has a resource for you to learn and try these pitches so you
can find what works best for you and use it and again that’s
just one module of 12 in my pitching 365 program which is on sale right now. I’ll leave a link below where you can get
that so if you’re interested go and check that out. Also, leave me a comment below let me know
what pitches you throw right now and rank them in order from number one to number whatever
however many throw your best to your worst leave it in the comments below I will talk
you guys there you.

28 thoughts on “Top 10 Pitching Grips to Dominate EVERY Hitter You Face! [Top 10 Thursday Ep.5]

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  2. 12 yr old
    1 – Curveball
    2 – Slider
    3 – Knuckle Curve
    4 – 2 Seam
    5 – Slurve
    6 – 4 seam
    I'm working on my sinker too but not great at it yet

  3. My pitches:
    Changeup (Volcan)
    And my own custom pitch, “The Gutter Ball”

  4. So I’m a new pitcher 15 I play varsity baseball at RHS LA I’m a third baseman but we need pitchers, I love this video I found the cutter and split-finger easiest to learn and thank you so much love you man!

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  6. 1. Four Seam Fastball
    2. “Power” 12-6 curve
    3. Reg 12-6 curve
    4. Pitch I made up, two seam movement that goes inside on a righty but is almost as fast as a four seam
    5. Slider (more of a slurve)

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