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How do you throw a curve ball?

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Answered 2010-10-05 15:20:13

Breaking pitches spin, which results from applying finger pressure to the ball and snapping your wrist when releasing it. The middle finger is key. It the snap. It will require trial and error to find the correct release point.

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it drops there because when you throw a slow ball it will dorp there too.also when you throw a curve,you put top spin on it and a curve is slow too and if you want to hit it you are goin to have to watch it all the way and then hit.


It depends which way he is throwing the ball. If he is twisting his wrist he could hurt his elbow and end up seriously injured. Only adults should twist their wrist when throwing a curve ball. There is a way to throw a curve ball without hurting your arm though. What you do is you get your grip on the baseball and throw the ball like a football. I throw my curves this way and they are pretty nasty.


It depends on the situation. You can throw a curve ball on the first pitch to get ahead but make sure you are hitting the corners and you don't make a habit of it because you will tip off hitters and they will set on the pitch. Also you can throw a curve ball when you are 0-2. If you have a good curve and a hard one you can attempt to throw it for a strike or if it's not that good you can throw it in the dirt and try to get the hitter to "fish" for it. If you throw it in the dirt and there is someone on base make sure you have a catcher who can lock it so there won't be a passed ball allowing the runner to advance to the next base.


Baseball is the only sport to have a technique officially called a 'curve ball'. However, the various forms of bowling, including bowls (aka lawn bowling) also sometimes refer to the hooking of the ball after its release as a curve.


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On a bowling ball, the red dot can be a weight. They put weights on bowling balls to throw a curve ball.


A slider is thrown like a curve ball just much faster.


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well being a softball pitcher myself, I throw 6 different pitches. There is the fastball, change-up, drop-ball, rise-ball, curve-ball, and screw-ball. There are also variations of each pitch, inside outside, high low. I throw a backdoor curve ball where instead of ending up on the outside of the plate to a right handed batter, it ends up on the inside. I do the same with my screwball.


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hold the ball like a four seam fastball then you know how you throw a curve get more grip and hold the ball tighter when your releseing the ball give it more break on it and curve your arm the other way then just relese it last with your index finger hope this helps. p.s it can hurt your hand


Baseballs curve due to the pitch that is thrown. There are many different pitches that can be thrown to make the ball curve, such as the curveball, slider, gyro and many more. Each pitch has a different grip and a different way to throw the ball. You need to use your wrist to whip the ball and cause the curvature.


Check the 'Throwing a Curve Ball' link to learn about the mechanics of a curve ball.


If you hold down "A" when bowling you will throw a screwball, if you hold down "B" you will throw a curve ball and finally hold "A and B" at the same time to throw a splitter.


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Great question. The pitchers command means that his pitches are doing what he wants them to do. If his intent is to throw a curve ball, then the ball will curve. The pitcher has control when the pitches he throws are staying in the strike zone like he wants. If he wants to throw a ball, then he is throwing balls. your curveball can curve, your breaking ball can break, your slider will slide, and your fastball is fast.... however if you can't get it over the plate ( or reasonably within range), you have no control.


No, it could ruin their arms in a few years and may not be able to pitch high school ball.


Fast ball, curve ball, drop ball, screw ball, rise ball, change up, curve drop, off speed curve.


Who Knows. An effective curve is 70's to low 80's. Any faster and you might as well throw a slurve or slider.


First, have a strong arm. If you want to throw it efffectivally than a strong arm is good. This curve drops more tan curve but anyways, have a 2 seam grip with pressure on the middle finger. Then whip it sidearm is right when it reaches the batter it drops like a mother.


May life throw you a pleasant curve definition?


they can throw one maybe 3 times a game but not for every batter



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