Today, we are demonstrating the pitching mechanics of the curve ball, with a full mechanical wind-up from the mound.

Pitching Mechanics: Breaking Down the Curve Ball

  • Ensure that your pitcher shortens up his stride on the curve ball (as opposed to the stride he uses for his fast ball).
  • By shortening up on the curve ball, he can get more leverage on top of the ball, thus being able to get over and finish it.
  • If the pitcher strides out with his normal fastball stride and tries to throw a curve, he won’t really get a good finish, and he’s going to hang it up. But if he brings his stride foot back a little bit, he is able to throw the ball and finish and get on top of it.
  • When throwing the curve ball, say to yourself “fastball, fastball, curve”, and focus on getting the hand in the proper position. Be sure to do your pitching mechanics drills for this.
  • You want the curve for the right-hander to break low and away for the right-handed batter, and low and into the left-hander. (outside the lower right knee of your catcher).

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