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If you’re looking for a new pitch to throw, one of these 3 curveballs may be the pitch for you! The curveball is one of baseball’s most popular pitches, because it is one of baseball’s most effective pitches. In this video I show you 3 variations of the curveball, how to grip them, how to throw them, and when to throw them.
The 12-6 Curveball
The 12-6 Curve is one of the curveball variations I talk about in this video and if you think about a clock, this pitch moves from 12 to 6. So when throwing a 12-6 curve, you want it to move vertically from up to straight down. That’s why they call it a 12-6 curve. This is an effective curveball because the more vertical movement or depth you can get on a pitch, the more bats it’s going to miss.
The Traditional Curveball
In the video I say this pitch moves from 11-7 on the clock, but I meant to say 11-5. So it’s basically the same as the 12-6, just thrown on a slightly different axis. So this pitch will have a little amount of horizontal movement but still have a lot of depth. So if you’re struggling to get your curve to move straight down, try this curveball variation instead.
The Slurve is another curveball variation and will move from 10-4 or 10:30-4:30 on the clock. Again, I messed this up in the video and said 10-8. That would be a crazy pitch but I don’t think it’s a possible one. The slurve has the most horizontal movement of the curveballs until you get into slider and cutters, but can still be a very effective pitch. The slurve can be a lot easier to throw for guys who have lower arm angles that have a hard time getting on top of the traditional curve or 12-6. So if you’re a 3/4 arm slot guy or lower, maybe start with this curveball variation first.
In the video I show you 3 curveball grips. These curveball grips can be alternated for all 3 of the curveball variations. I wouldn’t do these curveball grips justice by trying to explain them in text, so please watch the video to see exactly how to grip a curveball with these 3 different curveball grips.
When to throw the Curveball
I also talk about how and when to throw these curveballs in this video. You can throw them as a “get me over” pitch and you can also throw them as an “out pitch”. These curveball variations can also be effective being thrown as strikes if you can control them and get good movement on them. Try them out and see which of these Curveballs work best for you!
Here are two great training courses I put together for the pitches I used to throw in pro baseball. They are definitely something you should look into if you’re trying to find some new pitches to throw because you don’t just want to add an average pitch, you want to know everything about that pitch and how to use it to dominate hitters. That’s what these courses show you. Click the images to learn more…