Baseball Pitching : How to Throw a Curveball

Hello I’m John Riedling and today I’m going
to show you how to throw a curve ball. The first thing in throwing a curve ball is having
the right grip. Now there are different ways of gripping it but the important thing is
keeping your fingers on the seam where you can have something to push against. You don’t
want to have it in here where the ball might slip, you want to have it on the seams and
you really want to put some pressure on that finger so you’ll be able to pull down on that
curve ball and make it spin, tight spin. Mechanically there are three important components you want
to be to really have a sharp breaking curve ball and that’s staying back, staying closed
and getting the follow through. Staying back is you want to get, you want to make sure
you come to a balance point or I come to a balance point. You want to hold it there and
when that leg comes down the ball has to come out. So now you are going to stay back. Secondly
is staying closed and what mean by staying closed is staying inside. When you think about
staying closed you think of having your chin come to your knee. Just like that. Thirdly
is your follow through. You want to have your chest over your knee and having that follow
through and if you master those three parts in your delivery you will have a very consistent
and sharp breaking curve ball and now I’m going to show you how to throw a curve ball. I’m John Riedling and that’s how you throw
a curve ball.

100 thoughts on “Baseball Pitching : How to Throw a Curveball

  1. That was a great curve.. down in the strike zone where batters are unable to hit the ball.. Usually the curve ball is not thrown for a strike.. its used to fool the batter just like a high fast ball or a out off the plate fast ball.. As long as that curve ball can be kept down in the zone you wont get hit.. and it can be used as a strikeout pitch everytime.. Perfect time to throw a pitch like this is a count 2s 1b .. in this situation you dont want a strike you want something the batter cant hit

  2. yeah, but if they don't swing b/c they think 'ball' they get a strike, nasty trick I learned, throw it high at the top of the strike zone, and let it drop and they miss completley, its funny to watch…

  3. Mate i guarentee you when you throw that pitch up you will get slapped all over the park.. You might strike someone out or 2 but it wont last.. After that what else can you throw?.. Changeup, split/knuckle are only strikeout pitches if you have perfected them.. Never throw a curve for a strike.. If you throw it and they dont swing you get a strike then you know you have to work on that pitch.. Leave it outa the strike zone

  4. You should throw it at their sholder and let it drop in so they back at cause its close to their head or throw a hard one so it looks like a fastball coming in and drop out

  5. Lmao yes ofcourse a person who plays major league agros over the internet.. sad person.. And i say mate al the time im aussie im proud and i have represented my country in baseball many times.. My names Lloyd Burgess look me up.. Who are you mate.. Noone so stop acting you obviously have no clue what the hell your going on about. Please be quiet MATE .. and seriously who do you THINK you are pfft

  6. Im 17 and ive been training as a pitcher since i was 7. I am left handed. Lefty fastballs dont curve because we cant get over, our arms just naturally roll over sooner then right handers, causing the ball to have more of a spin that right handers dont get.

  7. Oh, and when people say dont throw a curve for a strike, stop listening. When you are up two strikes, dont. Regardless of where that pitch is, a sharp breaking curve is still difficult to hit. Ive had games when id get a fastball drill me in the elbow while hitting, and it would hurt to throw a fastball, so i resort to my curve, and i'll get 8 to 12 strikeouts a game. If u can control your pitches, and gain movement, you can dominate. Its not about speed, its about control and movement…

  8. @sizemo7 u could but the idea is to freeze them really ofcourse u gotta throw it outta the strike zone to get them to chase but if u can let it break inside or have enough break for outside ull be a good pitcher

  9. I'm about to be 13 and every curveball I've pitched with a 1-1 or 0-2 count has always been a strike. I pitch from the 60.5 mound and I'm having a lot of success withthe pitch. one time with a 1-1 count, this little kid was up, and I threw one right at his head. He went into a protective stance,and it curved perfectly into the lower outside corner. His face was precious! I believe that as a young pitcher, you can pitch a curveball, just pitch it just like a fastball. Dont put any twist on it.

  10. screw pitching curveballs…id rather hit them…send them to track, to the wall, and its GONE!!! lol, im not a pitcher, im an infielder…1B, 2B, SS, and 3B

  11. i forgot that everyone on here is major league potential . this guys a 100x better then ne1 commenting on this video.

  12. @Jestersmother Yes kids like me (11) Should not be throwing curves for another year. If you do, like throw alot, Tommy john surgury will be needed 😛

  13. dumb asses commenting on this saying they can throw better shit, these guys get paid fer baseball instructing they no theyre shit so bck off

  14. This video would help if he actually showed how to throw a curveball instead of "how to pitch" and "let me throw one quickly". Helpful videos actually show the proper arm angles (ie how the palm is towards your face, 90 degrees with the elbow, etc) instead of "STAY CLOSE TO YOUR BODY KIDS".

  15. @slmsdude147 its less about pitches that require pro-nation and more to do with pitch counts, and kids over extending themselves

  16. hey its not football pitch just because it spins like a football you call it football pitch its gyroball

  17. This video sucks …
    First of all, you failed to discuss arm and wrist mechanics which differ according to what type of curveball you wish to throw. If you want a 12-6 curveball that breaks vertically, your arm movement is strictly overhead like throwing a fastball then twisting your wrist right before you release the ball.
    For a 2-8 curveball that breaks both laterally and vertically, you need a bit of a sidearm motion followed by a sharp twist of the wrist right before you release the ball.

  18. ALL curveballs break downward (or from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock). In addition to breaking downward, MOST curveballs also break laterally (or from side to side), the most common breaking from 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock. Twisting your wrist (counterclockwise for a right hander) causes the ball to break vertically. To introduce a lateral break, you need to throw with a bit of sidearm motion. If you throw the ball like a fastball, the ball won't break from side to side..

  19. Justin verlander throws his curve in between the seams, which seems crazy. But it's one of the most unhittable pitches in MLB history.

  20. At least make another halve at the end of the video with a better demonstration! Totally in the strike zone.

  21. actually it's not impossible. If the curveball got away from the catcher a few times, then you'd have to get a few more outs.

  22. As others have said, it is possible to get more than 27 K's in a nine inning game. If a batter strikes out but the catcher fails to cleanly catch the ball the batter may run to first (as long as it isn't already occupied by a runner) and if the catcher is unable to tag / throw them out, the strike out counts but the actual out does not. The major league record for K's in a half inning is 4 but there has been at least one 5K half inning in the minors.

  23. When he throws he doesn't come to a "balance point". He stays in front of it. Don't EVER come to a balance point when you are pitching. It means that you have to place half of your mass behind pitchers rubber and half in front and you have to "restart" your motion by "sitting down" and kicking your hip forward. You will feel like you are throwing up hill. It's a velocity killer.

  24. Its possible. first 2 batters struck out in an inning. The third batter swung and miss on wild pitch yet makes it to first base. Then you strike out the next batter. 4 strikeouts in an inning. Happened in the majors.

  25. AGAIN. that didn't curve. it was just a straight shot that was low. this is pathetic.
    plus, a curve should be thrown with the laces making a horseshoe toward your palm, pressure finger inside the lace. use the lace to spin the ball and snap your wrist down. pull your elbow into your body.

  26. It's hard to see from that point of view, but, anyone who has played baseball seriously, meaning high school ball and up, knows that the pitch he just threw is a very nasty breaking curve ball.  If he had you down in the count and had shown you nothing but fastballs, he would make you look like an absolute fool with that pitch.  As a hitter, you want to stay back, but, you pretty much have to know the curve is coming to hit it.  It if you're thinking a fastball is coming and he throws the curve, it's almost impossible to hit.  And Vice Versa.  If you know the curve is coming and you stay back on it, it can be a fun pitch to hit.  The camera man should be behind the plate so that it looks like the ball is coming straight at him so we can see your curveball from a first person point of view.  Then everyone could really appreciate just how good of a curveball you have.

  27. To anyone trying to learn how to pitch DO NOT WATCH THESE VIDEOS.  This guy has not a clue what he is doing and nothing is helpful.  Only reason i watched this is because it came under suggestions for me.  He has no front side.  His back leg isn't straight and he doesn't stay up straight and says to crouch in.  I have never heard of this.  Plus his ball didn't even move.  Best way to learn how to pitch is just to get out there and most travel team coahces know what to do

  28. No one on this channel has any clue how to play sports. I watched some of their basketball videos too and they're just as bad.

  29. I couldn't help but thumb down this video, especially for when he says to bring the chin down to the knee. No matter what pitch you're throwing the head should always be kept as still as possible. Not to mention the fact he almost bounced the pitch.

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