3rd gen, what in :twisted: is a “Vulcan splitter”? I don’t care about the mechanics, but the name is cool enough that it might help me to convince my 11yo to start working on his CU for next season.
I agree that getting ground balls has a lot of benefits, like keeping teammates in the game. My son wasn’t the best pitcher on his team this summer, but he was accurate and kept the ball low and outside, and so he had a lot of ground outs and pop ups to the right side, and his teammates appreciated the action. I hate seeing 12U games that are just strikeout wars between two oversized kids, with the only runs scoring when these behemoths walk too many batters. Batters are frustrated and the fielders (and parents) get bored. Go in and out at the corners with a couple of decent fastballs and hope they miss or foul them off, then throw a change-up and see where they hit it with their protect-the-plate swings.
My question about a good palm ball or circle changeup is exactly where on the hand you release it. I’ve played with several styles, and found that if I can release it off my middle (“knocking”) knuckles with my fingers extended (so my fingertips don’t make contact), I take just the right amount of speed off. It’s hard to control, but then again I don’t throw it much. Would this work for 12yo’s?