Keep the pitch quiet. In many instances, the pitcher clues the batter in on what pitch is going to be thrown. This, as you would suspect, obliterates any sense of “mystery. You don’t want to tip the batter off.
Hide the ball in your glove. As well, already have the ball in the appropriate curveball grip. It has been said, the best way to hide a ball, is by having a closed web glove. As opposed to an H-Web glove, this would greatly increase the batter’s chances of seeing the ball and your grip. In my personal blog, I’ve just carried out some recent bat reviews for those who don’t have much time to hit them in real life.
Come to expect that every time you go up to pitch the ball that it will be a curveball. Digging into your batting glove to get a firm grip after the catcher signifies the curveball pitch, is a very secure way in preparing you for the pitch.
Gripping the ball: Putting your middle finger on the inside half of the seam and increasing pressure to the ball, gets the job done quite nicely. Throwing a curveball is definitely an art. There are rules that need to be followed in order to do so correctly. I will list a few techniques, which should help many improve their pitching game.
Don’t be such a loudmouth. The position of your index finger should be very much near your middle finger. If you cannot do this, odds are; you have small hands. This type of pitch is best suited for individuals that have larger hands. The ring and pinkie finger should have no contact with the ball. In fact, they are to rest under it. Your ring finger, the only finger, mind you, should have contact with the ball.
The best position for your ring finger is to have the so-called “door knocking knuckle” on the seam (which is on the same side as your middle finger). Lastly, the side of your thumb, not to be confused with the pad of your finger, should take residence on top of the seam. Your thumb middle and ringer fingers should each contact a seam, the wide part of the baseball (horseshoe). A different view to see it is: Having your fingers flowing with and not against the seams. This method allows for the best pitch control.
Pitch the ball to the intended target. Don’t snap or twist your wrist in trying to pitch a curveball. Angling the pitch toward the home plate is what gives the curveball its legacy. It’s uniqueness. Its potency. The best curveball has the motion of “12-6” on a clock.
If you are a right hander, the position of the palm of your hand should be facing first base. For left-handers, third base is the ideal position.