Baseball relies on two primary skills that you will need to learn to succeed and those two are baseball hitting and baseball pitching. When it comes to be able to pitch, you need to be able to know how to condition your body and the best approach to have when it comes to being able to pitch. There are many different ways to throw a baseball. When it comes to pitching it is an art and a skill that will need mastering in order to achieve success.
There are different techniques to use but in order to know how to use them you need to focus on your body first, before you are able to develop into a consistent pitcher. Know that the power and the drive of your pitches comes from your legs, yes you will use your arm to launch the ball towards home plate, however it is with your legs that you will be providing the force and the drive to deliver the ball. Focus on balance as well as leg strength in order to keep yourself from falling off the mound as you make your delivery.
Different Pitching Techniques:
Knuckleball: This is becoming a lost art in the pitching realm. It is the art of throwing the ball towards home plate by digging your fingertips into the ball and pushing it so to speak towards the plate. You are essentially holding the ball with your knuckles and letting it float towards home plate. How it is thrown and the weather will determine the effectiveness of this pitch. It does not have a lot of velocity and if the weather is too cold, the ball will not have very much movement, which will mean it is easier to follow and hit.
Power pitching: In this technique, you will primarily throw a fastball and a slider as your main pitches. In essence, you are trying to get the ball to the plate as fast as possible. This is with these two pitches it is all about velocity and movement. If you can get your slider to break at the right point you will consistently baffle hitters. The key to the slider is the grip, as with all pitches and the release. With a slider, you will grip the ball with your first two fingers together over the top curved seam, with the seam facing out. This grip on the ball allows the pitch to tail off at the end and away from or into the hitter depending on which side of the plate they are on. You hold a fastball with the first two fingers and across the curved seams with an overhand release.
Side Arm: With this technique of pitching, you rely primarily on the arm angles and release points to spot your pitches and to confuse the batters. Here you will work primarily with a curveball and a change-up as your primary pitches. The curve ball works much more effectively when it is delivered in a sidearm motion as opposed to overhand. In many cases, a curveball can end up looking like and turning into a slider if it comes out at the wrong angle. That is because if there is too much overhand motion the ball will go down and away as opposed to staying flat and sweeping to the side. The change-up is deceptive because when you throw it, it will have the look of a fastball, but will end up coming in at a slower velocity deceiving hitters into swinging early.
As with any pitcher, you will develop your own repertoire when it comes to baseball pitching. However, make sure to practice proper technique and conditioning to be able to either overpower or outsmart the baseball hitting machine that you will be facing on the other team. Remember it is all about how you will be able to overcome and beat them not if you are bigger than they are.