On page 51 of Tom House’s The Pitching Edge, there is one sentence on the “Circle Change”. It reads:
“The circle change is the same as a screwball, but the ‘O’ should be thrown directly at the catcher.”
The “Screwball” entry on the prior page reads like this:
“The “scroogie” is thrown with fastball arm speed, and the forearm, wrist, and hand angle are at full pronation, leading with the thumb; this enable the middle finger to impart rotation over the center axis of the ball, creating a spin that works with gravity in an inside-down action. At the release point, the arm should snap straight to full extenion with the wrist firm and the angled palm out. This enable the middle finger to impart a maximum of pronated rotation on the ball. A screwball is considered an off-speed pitch because the arm angle puts rotation, not force, on the ball.”
This is true? I’ve never heard that a circle change should be thrown like a screwball. It sounds painful :?