How to Pitch a Fastball | Baseball Pitching


The fast ball is the most important pitch
in baseball. It’s important for
all pitchers to learn how to master this pitch before moving on to other
pitches. When throwing a fast ball, pitchers can employ
a four seam fast ball grip, where their fingers lay across four different
seams on the baseball. This
will be the straightest and fastest pitch they throw. The other type of
fastball grip is the two seam fast ball, where their fingers lay across two
seams. And this pitch will run down and in. A right-handed pitcher will
throw this ball. It will sink down and in to a right-handed
batter. As
opposed to the four seam fastball, which is the fastest pitch thrown and
the straightest. Another fast ball is the cut fast ball, which
is a combination slider and four seam fast ball, where the ball will cut
away from a batter. Fast balls
are thrown when pitchers are typically behind in the count, such as 2-0, 3-
1 and they need to throw a strike. However, it’s important for pitchers to
be able to throw all pitches from the same arm speed and arm slot,
regardless of the count or pitch being delivered. This is how you throw a fast ball.

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