7 Baseball Pitching Grips (Cheat Sheet Included!)

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hey guys coach that ultimately baseball

training today's video we're gonna go

through seven different pitch grips I'm

gonna give you pointers on each one so

you can develop those and execute those

pitches properly get-go the first one

we're gonna talk about today is the

basic four seam fastball so maybe what

you're gonna do is just find the find

the horseshoe of the baseball right here

and just you can put your fingers

together or separate so just making sure

we're getting across all four of those

seams whenever you release this pitch

really want to make sure that we're

getting really through the ball and

pulling down those on those laces with

your fingertips so that way we're

getting this straight of a pitch and

getting through that ball to make sure

we're getting much velocity as we came

as well and now we got a four seam

fastball I want to talk about kind of

fastball called the two seam fastball

two seam fastball is going to get a

little bit more movement to your your

arm side a little bit more sync to it as

well how we're gonna grip this pitch is

a little forcing on the horseshoe now

we're just going to get into kind of the

runway of the baseball or like right in

the middle you can also go fingers apart

on the seams or you can go fingers

together in between the seams I

personally I like to go in between the

seams just to get more through the ball

the the biggest thing with the two seam

fastball to make it to make you get that

the arm side run that you want it's

making sure we're putting as much

pressure on the on the finger tip of our

index finger as we can that's going to

allow the ball to move and to travel in

the way that you want to go but the

force even to sing fastball especially

you don't want to get too fancy with it

with these pitches you can get fancy

with your your change ups your curve

ball as the sliders but obviously

everything runs off of a fastball

especially for young pitchers you got

have to in have to develop a fastball

first you have to be able to command

your fastball if you want to pitch so

really making sure we're not trying to

do anything crazy do too much with our

fastball except for trying to get those

located in the zone and being able to

command those as much as we can so now

we have our two fast balls out of the

way we're going to move on to our first

all speed pitch which is going to be our

changeup changeup is the first first

off-speed pitch

recommend for young pitchers just

because it's a lot less stress on the

arm and it's a lot there's a lot less

risk for injury as opposed to trying to

develop a curveball or a slider at such

a young age so a changeup is a really

really good pitch to develop and it you

can develop a good changeup the better

off that you're going to be as you keep

going throughout your baseball career so

there's a couple different different

variations of the change-up that we can

that we can go through I'm going to show

you the grips of all of them if you use

a predominantly a four-seam fastball you

want to try to make you change it look

the same same way that way the hitter

out of the hand thinks it's a fastball

so we're we're gonna get on the same

horse shoe of the baseball that

four-seam fastball but all we're gonna

do is add a third finger to that

obviously the more friction on the ball

the slower the ball is going to go and

that's what's gonna make make you have

an effective changeup so we're gonna get

three fingers on the ball and just try

to throw it as normal as you can if you

get some pronation out of it to get some

arm side running sync that's okay that's

gonna make your pitch a little bit


honestly all right so now I'm the

opposite of that if you are

predominantly a two-seam guy this grip

can also work for you but what we're

gonna do is we're just going to move

that ball to the runway at same same way

as our two seam fastball and again just

adding a another finger in there what I

would recommend on this one though is to

make sure we're getting our middle

finger on the inside of that seam so

that way when we release it we can kind

of get some pressure on that and that's

gonna force the ball to go to our arm

side and get that sync and the movement

that we want to throw the hitter

off-balance the next one I'm going to

talk about is a little bit more complex

as far as the release point and the

pressure points that we're going to use

to make this pitch to move effectively

the way we want to it's going to be a

circle change up you can hold hold your

circle right there or you can also kind

of hold it on on the inside of the seams

whatever feels better for you but with

the circle change up we're going to be

basing this more off of pronation so

pronin what i mean is we're trying to

get as much force on the end

out of the ball as we can so we're

almost trying to relieve we're only

trying to put more pressure on our

middle finger trying to get him inside

of the baseball that way we can make it

move where we want with a box change the

ones I showed previously we want more of

a fastball type of spin the way the

hitter thinks it's a fastball out of the

ham but with the circle change up we're

looking for a little bit more movement

and to get that a little bit more

movement like that we want we're gonna

have to accept a little bit more side

spin on that so the hitters gonna see

that a little bit earlier but you're

also gonna get a little bit more

movement out of that as well

the next pitch that we're going to move

on to is a slider a slider is not meant

to be a huge break it's not really meant

to be a slow pitch as far as velocity

terms it's typically 8 to 10 miles an

hour slower than your fastball usually

is so we're looking for building for

side spin on the baseball so how we're

gonna do that there's a couple different

ways that we can we can tinker around

with our grips so it's the first one

we're gonna get just get in the middle

of the baseball right here and we're

gonna try to go across across the seams

like that so that way we're hooking that

hooking that seam right there so you can

see right there and we're just trying to

pull down on that so that way when we

pull down on that we can kind of get the

side so in that we want we're not

looking to get a huge hump out of the

hand or not looking for to have the ball

come up out of the hand we're trying to

make that pitch come out of the hand

like the fastball and just kind of fade

away sharply to our glove side another

grip on it I want to show you guys with

the slider if that doesn't feel

comfortable for you and you want to get

a little bit more more on the seam with

this pitch we can rotate the ball one

turn like that so that way we're kind of

getting in between this seam right here

and what we want to do is split the seam

with our fingers and almost kind of

almost kind of hook hook and put some

pressure on that middle finger on that

on the inside of that seam right there

and that way when we get them as much

pressure as we can on that it's also

gonna allow us to pull really pull down

on that on that

that lace and get the side spin that we

want so we can get the movement that we

want to next pitch we're going to move

on to today is the curveball

I recommend this be one of the one of

the last pitches that you really develop

especially if you're a young pitcher

just because it's a very tough pitch to

throw and if not done correctly it

proved it makes so much so much stress

on your on your arm and your elbow if

not done correctly so I'll really make

sure you put your pretty experienced

player before you kind of move on and

try and try to add this pitch to your

arsenal so there's a couple different

ways that we can throw this the main

thing the main concept that we want to

do to get the movement and the spin that

we want is to make sure we're getting on

we're getting pretty high up on that

seam that way we have a lot of seam on

our middle finger to really pull down

with and get and get as much spin and

movement as we can so you can either

hold it with your fingers together like

that or if you feel comfortable trying

to get a little bit more velocity out of

it and adding a spike or a knuckle right

there you can also do that but the main

point of this pitch is the positioning

and the pressure on your middle finger

so that way when you release that ball

you get as much as much torque and you

can I develop as much spin on that pitch

as possible

so a common misconception that we often

see with curveballs especially when

they're getting they're getting

developed at a younger age we get caught

so we get so caught up and just seeing

how much like how much it the ball

breaks where whereas if a ball is

breaking fifteen inches but it's 20

miles an hour slower than your fastball

is it doesn't matter how much breaks the

hitters are gonna see that as soon as it

comes out of hand that it's going to be

able to sit on it so whenever you're

trying to develop this pitch making sure

that you have a pretty good ratio

between the velocity of your fastball

and the and your curveball I would

sacrifice a little bit of break for some

extra Beall that way is that it's just a

little bit more harder for the hitter to

to pick up it's harder for the head to

hit and they can't really get under it

as easily as if it was that much slower

are these next two pitches are not

really your most common pitches but all

but just

that you can add your arsenal if you're

just looking to tinker around something

or show these pitches a couple times a

game to keep the hitters off-balance so

the first thing we're going to talk

about is is a cutter I'm sure most of

you guys have heard of Mariano Rivera he

was one of the greatest closers that's

been in the game and he threw a cutter

almost every pitch so it can definitely

be be effective if thrown correctly so

the point of a cutter is it's mainly

gonna try to get as much fastball spin

on on this pitch as we can but we're

trying to really throw throw this pitch

almost on the outside of the pitch so

that way we can get that glove side run

that we want a couple ways you can do

this or you can take your four-seam

fastball grip where you're kind of in

the middle of that horseshoe and just

kind of kind of get it on the outside of

that so that way when you when you

release that pitch you're releasing it

and getting outside of it that's that's

what's going to give you the movement

the small movement that you want that

grip doesn't really feel that

comfortable for you or you're not really

getting the movement that you want we

can also try to kind of flip the ball a

little bit and get on get a little bit

more on the outside of the grip I showed

you with the slider and but the

difference in this this pitch and the

slider is we're trying we're trying to

throw this pitch a little bit more like

a fastball because obviously we want the

movement to be a lot a lot smaller we

don't really want much depth with this

pitch we just want as much horizontal

but late horizontal movement as we can

get last which we're going to talk about

today is as a sinker I would really

recommend this for the more experienced

players just because it's very hard to

get this pitch to look distinctly

different than a fastball at a young age

like they kind of blend together and

they don't really act the same way they

can't really they don't really repeat

themselves so I would really recommend

at a higher age but if you don't think

this could be a pitch that would help

you it would help you I would wait till

then to try to develop it secret we're

trying to get it's almost kind of the

same same movement pattern as a two seam

fastball but it's gonna be a little bit

slower and we're trying to get a little

bit more depth than horizontal movement

with this pitch so the grip is really

on on certain pressure points so we're

gonna pretty much with this grip is

gonna be we're gonna get or to see

fastball grip and we're just gonna go up

a little bit a little bit on that and if

you want to you can kind of turn turn

the ball a little bit if you would like

if you feel more comfortable trying to

get that fitting that finger on a lace

but having a lot of pressure on this

index finger

that's what's ultimately going to allow

the ball to move down as you release it

with this pressure and so we're trying

to we're not trying to trying to pronate

really we're just trying to make sure we

can keep this pressure on us on the ball

on the scene whatever feels comfortable

for you and really trying to make sure

that we're driving through and throwing

filling this pitch through this finger

thank you guys for watching I hope you

enjoyed the video if you want to take

some of these pitch grips and implement

them into your game feel free to do so

before you go we put together a free

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below in the description it shows you

all the grips that we talked about today

so that way you can work on them in

practice you can work on them at home

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