Uncle charlie tips


i would like to develop a tight late breaking curveball vs the slower loopy type.Any tips or suggestions to get that curve to drop off the table late?


The key to throwing a late breaking curve is to start it as close to level or down at release as possible. This requires either throwing it at a higher speed so it has less time to break or with a bit less spin. It also helps to release from a higher release point. That’s why you’ll see curve ball pitchers tend to stand a bit taller and have shorter strides than power pitchers.

When you release the curve going upwards it has to overcome that upwards velocity before it can ever start breaking downwards and as a result it ends up being a looping curve. That’s also why you see most hanging curve balls are up in the zone. They started out on more of an upwards path and didn’t pick up much downward movement.

If you look at two curves with the same speed and spin, one released level with the ground and the other released upwards the one released level will break further and be breaking sharper when it reaches the plate.

The reason a splitter, which only tumbles forward, breaks so sharply is because it can be thrown a bit harder than a curve and released on a more downwards trajectory.