I was wondering if anyone has any success with alternatve pitching grips for their fastball. While I was the pitching coach this summer for my son's LL team I experienced some strange movements on balls thrown from these 9 and 10 yr olds. They would come in straight and all of a sudden take almost a 90 degree turn then back again like it was making an "S". Of course they could not repeat it, it was by pure accident. But still amazing.
So my son, he was one of the pitchers on the team, and I fooled around with some grips. I had him use the two seams that are parrallel after the horshoes to place his index and middle fingers over. Visualize spliting the left and right horshoes in the middle. This gave the ball some more down ward movement. And if I had him spread his fingers wider it had a cutter effect. Of course this was in fact it probably due to the size of a 9yr olds hands.
This is just probably an optical illusion but did you ever notice, looking from either first or third base side, that sometimes pitches look like they are going in and about 3/4's the way to the plate go back towards the pitcher about a foot and then towards the plate again. Sort of like a whip or yoyo. Could this be the elusive "POP" on the fastball :?:.
Just wondered if anyone else has any interesting experiences with grips and movements :?: