Different Baseball Grips for Pitching

Pitching Grips For Youth Baseball

Children under the age of 14 or 15 should never under any circumstances throw any type of breaking ball.  The reason for this is that children have not finished growing and the arm growth plates are not secure.  Throwing breaking balls only puts undue pressure upon the elbow which will result in unnecessary arm injury. 

With this in mind, youth baseball pitchers should throw only three types of pitches – the two-seam faseball, the for-seam fastaball, and a change up.  This is really all that is needed anyway to pitch effectively to younger aged children.  The key is for younger pitchers to work on basic fundamental pitching mechanics and  to be able to throw strikes when the game is on the line.

A Four Seam Fastball

This pitch is the basic straight fastball.  To grip the four seam fastball, hold the baseball so that your fingers go across the seasm of the baseball. Place your index and middle fingertips directly on the  seam of the baseball.  The "horseshoe seam" should face into your ring finger of your throwing hand. Its caledl the horseshoe seam simply because the seam itself looks like the shape of a horseshoe.

Next, place your thumb directly beneath the baseball, resting on the smooth leather. Ideally, you should rest your thumb in the center of the horseshoe seam on the bottom part of the baseball.  However, as can be seen in the picture, hands of younger players are generally not large enough to fit directly under the center of the ball.

different baseball grips for pitching

Grip the baseball in your fingertips (if possible but for younger children their hands are not big enough yet).  There should be some space between the ball and your palm,  The idea is to hold the baseball softly so that the ball can leave your hand quicker and with more velocity. 

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The Two Seam Grip

A two seam fastball is gripped slightly tighter and closer in the throwing-hand than the four-seam fastball. This pitch generally is thought of as a "movement pitch".

To grip a two seam fastball, turn the ball so that the seam is going the same direction as your fingers. Place your index and middle fingers directly on top of the narrow seams of the baseball. 

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Now place your thumb directly on the bottom side of the baseball and on the smooth leather in between the narrow seams. The two seam grip alot firmer than the four seam grip.  The idea here is that the firmer grip causes friction which then causes the baseball to change direction when the pitch is thrown.  

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The Change Up 

For youth baseball players, a three finrger change up works the best as their hands are not big enough to throw a circle change. This is a great off-speed pitch for youngsters and those players with small hands.

Grip the baseball by centering your ring, middle, and index fingers on top of the baseball . Your thumb and pinky finger should be placed on the smooth leather directly underneath the baseball.  The middle finger in this case does not grip the ball.

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Now hold the baseball deep in your palm to maxmimize the friction and to keep the pitch from spinning much when thrown.  Tthrow the ball just like you would throw a fastball – same mechanics, same arm speed and everything else.  The ball will come out of your hand alot slower than the fastball but will look to the batter just like a fastball so he will swing out in front of the pitch.

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The Circle Change

To throw a circle changeup make a circle or an "OK" gesture with your throwing hand using your thumb and index fingers. You then center the baseball between your three other fingers. Throw the ball just like the other pitches with the same mechanics and arm speed. 

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Tee Ball Drills

Tee Ball Drills

Baseball instruction begins when the kids are just starting out in T-Ball.  If you teach them the fundamentals then it is easy for them to progress into good players later on.

Tee ball drills teach players the fundamentals of the game and how to function effectively as a team. It’s always best to focus on all areas of the sport, rather than mainly focusing on batting or fielding.

Tee ball drills teach players the basics of the game and provide the practice they need in order to maintain and develop good techniques. All skills and areas of the sport are improved through drills. With practice, dedication and repetition, players are able to improve their tee ball abilities and teams learn how to effectively work together as a strong unit.

Crab Drill:

The crab drill teaches players the proper stance for preparing to field the ball. Player is in the basic fielding position stance (as if the pitcher is about to release the ball). The player should be crouched forward with glove open and down on the field. Player then takes three or four steps (sort of like a crab) toward the ball as the coach roles it. Like many other tee ball drills, crab drill teaches fielders what to do when they do not have the ball, which is just as important as when they do.

Crow Hop:

Crow hop is a classic and very effective throwing drill. Player takes a short step and then hops in the direction of the intended throw. This drill teaches players the proper technique of using their bodies to position themselves toward the target and to throw with the momentum of the body.

Distraction:

Distraction is a drill where the coach rolls the ball to a fielder. However, before the ball reaches the fielder, another player runs in front of the fielder for the purpose of attempting to break the fielder’s concentration on catching the ball. This drill teaches the fielder to focus on the ball and keep both eyes on the ball from the time it leaves the bat to the time it arrives in their glove.

Dive:

Dive is a drill where the coach throws or hits the ball to one side or the other of a fielder, who then has to dive and make the catch. After the catch is made the fielder must quickly throw the ball to first bass.

Just Block It:

Just block it is a drill which teaches players the importance of trying to keep the ball on the infield. The coach hits the ball directly to a fielder. The emphasis of this drill is on stopping the ball from getting past the infielder to the outfield. Though catching the ball is best, blocking the ball is also acceptable, and points are awarded for every successful block or catch.

Run Down:

The run down is a drill to practice this common situation of trying to run down a player who is caught between two bases. This drill works with two fielders and a runner. The runner tries to run from one base to another without getting tagged out while the other players toss the ball back and forth to get the runner out. Participants should rotate positions.

Pick-up:

Pick-up is a drill where two players (or two rows of players) line up about ten feet apart. From kneeling position, one player rolls the ball to the other. The player who receives the ball can practice how to pick the ball up off the ground. This is one of the most basic tee ball drills, and should be done about fifteen times and then the players should switch positions.

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Published: 6/4/2008

T-Ball Batting Drills

Have the coach stand on the opposite side of the tee from the player (as if to mirror the player) in order to show proper stance and swing. This t-ball batting drill gives the batters a good visual reference and the coaches can easily see what problems they need to fix.

Using Tee Ball Drills

Player then takes three or four steps (sort of like a crab) toward the ball as the coach rolls it. Like many other tee ball drills, crab drill teaches fielders what to do when they do not have the ball, which is just as important as when they do have it.

T Ball Drills Will Improve Your Average

There are many baseball hitting drills that can help you refine your swing. Hitting off a tee: Not just for tee ball players, even major league players hit off a tee almost daily to practice hand eye coordination and tweaking a swing to the correct plane.

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How To Play A Bunker Shot

How to Hit a Good Bunker Shot in Golf

If you want to lower your golf score, one important aspect of golf instruction that you need to master is getting out of sand traps.

This article shows how one could learn some tricks and strategies to get out of the bunkers effectively.

Most high handicap golfers dread going into the bunker. However, getting out from a bunker is basically a very easy shot….only if you know how. Always remember that you are not supposed to hit the golf ball clean. Do not make contact with the golf ball itself with the club. The sand is actually going to act as a cushion between the club head and the ball when you hit the shot out.

Most people when going in a bunker they try to pick the ball off the top of the sand with a chip shot action as though they’re on the grass. Now the problem with that is that the grass is very firm so you’re not going to dig in with the club. This means you can quite easily hit the golf ball first and get a decent strike out of it.

In the case of a bunker shot, most people tend to just duff it in front of themselves because the sand is fluffy and it breaks up. In order to hit a good bunker shot, what you’ve got to remember is that you’re actually going to take out the same amount from underneath the ball.

For good bunker shot, when you swing the golf club, the swing needs to be a lot longer and have a better tempo than with a chip shot, because you’ve got to allow for the sand which you’re going to take out with your shot. You must allow for that sand to actually take the power out of the shot.

If the ball is sitting up on the surface, your sand wedge takes less sand with it during your swing. If it’s buried you’d have to dig deeper, and the club will barely make contact with the ball. The following steps would help you to consistently hit good bunker shot:

1) As you are aware, the sand wedge has a wide sole. This is called the bounce. It will make is easier for you to lift the ball out of the sand and get it up quickly.

2) Place your feet squarely in the sand and make sure you have solid footing and balance. You have to take a firm swing to overcome the resistance of the sand.

3) Use an imaginary line just ahead of your ball. Open the club face and aim at a point about 3 inches behind the ball if it is sitting on top of the sand. The sand wedge would slide through the sand just under the ball and would loft the ball over onto the green.

4) If the ball is partially buried in the sand, focus at a point just behind the ball taking more sand with the swing

5) With all bunker shots, allow your follow through of the club head higher than the front of the bunker.

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Bunker Shot Fundamentals

Greenside Bunker Shot Fundamentals. • This shot should be performed using a sand wedge or lob wedge. • Open your stance and dig your feet into the sand. This helps you become more stable. • Position ball approximately even with the inside heel of your front foot.

The Sand Wedge Shot

The length of the sand wedge shot will determine how much you need to open the club face and how hard you must swing. Obviously, the longer the bunker shot the harder you must swing but, as much as possible, you should keep your swing the same.

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