Today, we are going to break down the Sinker pitch. This is a pitch you definitely want to use when your in a situation where there’s a runner in a scoring position, a tying run, a go-ahead run, or maybe when you want that double-play ball.
Breaking Down the Sinker Pitch:
- Grip the ball just like you do the fastball; however, you are going to move the thumb up a little bit on the side. BUT you must be aware – the more you move the thumb up, the more bite and sink you’re going to get, but it’s also going to slow it down a little bit.
- You need to experiment with just what is enough for you individually so that when you get on the mound, you can control and determine the amount of sink you want.
- Use the same wrist action as your fastball, and then you will get a little sink on the ball.
- The most important thing you need to remember is develop arm strength. This will allow you to throw strikes and change speed. You have got to change speed because as the athletes get bigger and better and stronger, everybody likes to hit the fastball.
- You’ve got to keep hitters honest – and you keep them honest with the change-up. Throw your fastball. Work on the change-up and then add the curve ball. And then cut the fastball a little bit. And then get the sinker pitch.
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