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Tips to Develop Your Fastball, Slider and Curve Ball
9/20/2010
Most pitchers develop several main pitches and then throw variations of those pitches.

Here are some tips for throwing the fastball, slider and curve ball:

Fastball – Four Seam
• Fingers across the seams
• Ball will rotate over four seams
• Ball behavior: stays straight usually more velocity (speed)

Fastball – Two Seam
• Fingers positioned on “horseshoe” seams
• Ball will rotate over two seams
• Ball behavior: sinking action

Slider
• Middle finger on seam
• Slight rotation of hand at delivery
• Ball behavior: hard “sliding” or curve action

Curve Ball
• Middle finger on seam
• Deliver pitch with wrist “cocked,” pulling down on the seam
• Ball behavior: “12 o’clock to 6 o’clock” slow curving action

As a pitcher, you should always warm up and develop good ball control and placement.

View videos showing these pitches.

Rawlings has a variety of 5-Tool training baseballs to help you improve your pitching. Look for model numbers 5THITATP, 5THITAATP and 5THITAAATP. To improve or take care of your arm, the 5-Tool Resistance Bands and Resistance Ball are perfect.

Visit RawlingsGear.com or contact a Rawlings Gear Customer Care representative at (866) 678-GEAR(4327) for information on tools to improve your pitching.
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