[quote=“Roger”][quote=“KreGg”]I have a video of a clinic, which I downloaded on the Internet, that, I think that the name of the coach is Kim Jones.
When he is teaching the guys how to throw the curveball he teaches them to think fastball all the way, and even says that when their hands are at the head’s level they should have their hands just like when they are throwing a curveball.
Then when you stretch your arm to throw the ball you should reach the position and then, supinate your arm to get the ball the correct spin.
So he says that the pitcher should have the palm facing up/foward when their hands passes their heads.[/quote]
That sounds dangerous to me. Tom House says the danger in throwing curves is the rapid change in direction from supination to pronation. He says that if you start off supinated, then all rotation will be strictly in the pronation direction and that makes throwing curves much more safe. He does NOT say that throwing curves in this manner is the same as throwing a fastball because there is 180 degrees of rotation instead of just 90 degrees of rotation. He also stresses limiting the number of curves thrown.[/quote]
Yeah that makes sense to me. I have Tom House’s The Pitching Edge Video on a VHS and I have followed some of his drills and tips.
I have a curveball that I rarely throw it. I, actually, threw it for the first time before even knowing how to throw a changeup.
Now I’m trying to develop a circle change. I think I learned, the hard way though, that no matter how hard you throw, hitters will catch up to your fastball and you will need to change velocity.
On that same video, the clinic I told you, the coach there says when you are throwing the change-up you would like to throw the outside part of it (explaining that you should pronate and throw the circle change with your hands facing more toward 3B, for a right-handed). Is this a good way to throw it?
Also, how about the changeup being the less stressful pitch on the arm? I thought it was the fastball, exactly because you throw it square to the plate and don’t really have to do those things like overpronating or supinating etc.