This is an excellent drill to work on throwing a good curveball. This drill is ONLY for players 14 and over.
This drill can be run anywhere. All the player needs is a ball.
Phase 1 – Spin the Ball
Hold ball with two-finger curveball grip. Pull down with second finger and roll the thumb. Goal is to get a good snap and tight spin on the ball.
Phase 2 – Karate Chop
Work on getting a good karate chop with side of hand into your opposite hand. Player makes the overhand curveball arm action.
Phase 3 – In the Dirt
Practice throwing a tight spin into the dirt at your feet. You can use wind-up or stretch. Shift weight back and then go forward and throw ball into the dirt.
Perform 20-25 repetitions of each phase.
- The tighter the spin the better the curveball.
- On phase 3, keep the elbow bent and finish all the way through.
- Don’t hook the ball at the top of the “L” – this can telegraph the pitch to the hitter.