Whether you're in the middle of a season, practicing in the off-season, or getting warmed up for another year, baseball pitching drills are an excellent way to perfect your technique, work on new pitches, and keep your muscles active and ready. But when you’re juggling school, hobbies, and other activities, you don’t always have time to hit the baseball diamond to practice on your own, and that’s when baseball pitching drills like these three can come in handy.
Naturally, when you do the 1st two steps correctly, this will follow suit. Downhill means more tilt or depth. A 2-plane Slider which breaks Down & Away, or Down & In off the plate, does far more damage to hitters. Its not a side to side breaking pitch. When you throw the Slider Downhill, hitters will say that they can’t see the dot. Their frustration builds as they cannot pick up in the spin. That is because the dot in on the bottom of the baseball. Needless to say, this is when you will miss more bats. Obviously, it means MORE STRIKEOUTS & A LOT OF PISSED OFF HITTERS WHO FACE YOU!
The innovator of the slider is debated, but some credit Chief Bender as the first to use the slider, also George Blaeholder was credited with using it with the St. Louis Browns then called a "nickel curve", in the 1920s. Others have also credited George Uhle with developing the pitch. Bender used his slider to help him achieve a no-hitter and win 212 games in his career. Bender was the first pitcher to win six World Series games.
One of the biggest issues pitchers have when they begin throwing a curve is changing their fastball mechanics. Don’t! Throw the curveball, or any other pitch, using the same arm slot and arm speed as your fastball. The only thing that changes is wrist and forearm angle. With the curveball your wrist and forearm angle look like a “karate chop”. To get an effective rotation on the ball, released the ball late. The curve will squirt or hang when you release it early or you don’t keep your glove in front of you at release. I explain this in greater detail in the you tube video below.
Recommendations: Drills to address “good arm action” should focus on getting both arms working together in concert. What the glove arm does directly affects the throwing arm and there should be a sort of seesaw effect. Establish the positions, but practice moving right through those positions in a fluid, efficient manner. And always remember, every pitcher is different, so let young pitchers find their own natural arm slot – avoid teaching cookie cutter pitching mechanics.
I didn’t add this into one of the original 13 best baseball drills only because I already mentioned it above. This is in the first video where I share my two favorite baseball pitching drills. But I figured I post this video too because I explain it in a little different of a way. So, if it helps someone understand a little better, then good. That’s what I’m here for 😉