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A curveball is often called the best pitch in baseball. It is a hard-to-hit, breaking ball that has unpredictable movement. The most common types of curves are the four-seam fastball, the two-seamer, and the slider. It can also be a dropoff or splitfinger fastball with a big break on it. As any pitcher can throw a curveball, it can be thrown by right- or left-handed pitchers. The curveball is thrown with the same arm motion as the fastball but is gripped more tightly. The pitcher will his wrist to snap it down quickly so the ball curves downward. It may be tough to time for the batter who is waiting for a fast pitch. There are different grips that can be used to throw different curveballs.
If you are a curveball pitcher, here is how to throw a curveball with a Wiffle ball.
To throw the ball, you start off like you would a fastball. The difference between it and a normal fastball is that you have to snap it down as it goes forward. The pitch is thrown from the fingers and wrist, not from the arm. To throw this pitch successfully, use these directions:
Step 1: The Grip
Start by holding the ball in your hand with your index finger on the bottom seam. Your thumb should be on the bottom side of the ball and your middle finger should be on the top side, which is called the seam. Be sure your middle finger is lined up with your index and ring fingers.
Step 2: The Throw
Throw Wiffleball pitch as hard as you can. Snap your wrist down to get velocity on the pitch. This pitch will be thrown slower than a normal fastball and curveballs move slower than fastballs in general. So, be ready for it to come in a little more slowly than normal and drop off at some point in the flight path of it.
You will throw a curveball by snapping down with your wrist.
Step 4: Curve Ball
The curveball will move more than a fastball because it is a slower pitch. It can be thrown at whatever angle you want but the general rule is that the curve will go to the outside of the plate, and as it gets further off of the plate, it will start to drop off.
You can shift your hand a little so that your fingers are lined up with your wrist and make adjustments while holding the ball while you throw. A little straighter wrist may help you get velocity on this pitch, but in general, this would be looked at as cheating. It is a very bendable pitch and should be thrown from the fingers and wrist.
To create a curveball, you have to snap your wrist downward at the point of release. This ball will drop off to the side of you over the course of its flight path. It will move in a way that it will be hard for the batter to read as well.
To throw the pitch, snap your wrist downward very quickly at the point of release. When you are throwing it, try to be at the top of your motion when you snap down your wrist. This way, when you release it, you can make slight adjustments to the direction of the curveball depending on where the batter will hit it.
This pitch requires a lot of practice and timing. If you want to be any good at this pitch, you will have to spend time practicing it repeatedly.
A curveball thrown with a Wiffle ball takes practice. If the pitch is thrown correctly, it will break down and in toward the batter. A fastball or curveball may be one of the most important pitches in baseball. A curveball does not have to be learned on a baseball field either. It can be perfected in your own backyard with this great game that has also been chosen as the number one game on some lists that determine some of the greatest games of all time.
Throughout this process, neither your arm nor your elbow should move much, if at all. You want to get maximum velocity on this pitch with minimal effort and energy wasted on moving parts while throwing this pitch successfully.