Curveball Release & Pronation (High Speed Video)

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One of the biggest mistakes I see pitchers make when learning to throw the curveball is thinking they need to twist or snap their wrist to get the right spin.

This is bad on a number of levels…

So in response to one reader’s email, I put together this short video to demonstrate exactly what your hand and wrist should be doing when you release your curveball.


Notice my hand pronating just after release ...

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Pitching Science: Why Apes Make Bad Pitchers

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Have you ever heard it said that throwing a baseball isn’t a natural motion?

I had one coach who used to say, “If it was natural, we’d all go around walking like this,” waving his arms around high over head. Well I came across a NY Times article the other day that suggests maybe it’s not so unnatural after all.

Scientists Unlock Mystery in Evolution of Pitchers

The article centers around a ...

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Pitching Mechanics: Taking a look at hand break

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Today I want to talk about one specific aspect of the pitching motion that I think gets more attention than it deserves. In general, I think it’s easy for well-meaning coaches and parents to fall into the trap of over-analyzing and obsessing over every last piece in the pitching delivery… Intentions are usually good, but when you overload kids with too many restraints it can backfire.

So here’s the scenario… I get this kind of question a lot, and ...

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One Quick & Easy Trick to Elevate Your Fastball

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We all know the importance of commanding your fastball down in the zone, and many (myself included) will recommend throwing roughly 80% of your pitches down there. For more on this, read this article: The Importance of Commanding Your Fastball. But something worth pointing out is that the philosophy behind this line of thinking is based on what works at the big league level… Kyle Boddy actually wrote a ...

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Pitching Mechanics: Tips for Loading the Hips

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Did you see this article? Little League Mechanics vs. Major League Mechanics

In it I talked about one of the big mechanical flaws you frequently see with young pitchers: Opening the hips early. Another way to think about this is “not Loading the Hips properly” in the stride.

I got a few questions from guys asking how they could address this mechanical with their pitchers. So I put together a short ...

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