Getting A Grip
Whether you are playing 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U or higher having the correct grips are incredibly important when pitching different pitches. These grips will help you get the exact spin you want to accomplish. Here are some things to consider when learning new grips.
1. Your pitch, your grip
There isn’t just one grip for each pitch. There are tons of different ways to hold to ball. Some are more effective for different people due to hand size, strength and overall practice. Don’t think just because the pitcher in the World Series grips the ball a certain way, that’s the only way. Depending on what you are comfortable with, that’s what you should focus and practice on.
2. You have different ones for the same pitch
There are going to be days where your curve ball just isn’t working and you might want to change your grip a little just for that weekend to have short term success. That’s ok! You can tweak any grip if you are struggling. Play
around with your grips. Nothing is set in stone. You never know what you will discover.
3. Just like anything, PRACTICE
You need to practice these grips all the time. Not just pitching them but using your spinner, weighted ball and oversized balls. The stronger your hand, wrist and fingers are, the more successful your spins will be. This is where the little work comes in but pays off. Your movement at the plate is done in your window to snap. If you are having issues with break in your pitches, go back to the basics of your snaps.
In the near future we will be posting videos on our You Tube channel, HurdtU Softball TV
videos demonstrating some excellent tools to help you develop the correct grip for each pitch. Until then, “Invest To Be The Best”.