Curveball Not Working?

  • Updated on Dec. 17, 2016

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ATTENTION PITCHERS: One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

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In this article, you'll learn what to do when your curveball isn't working and how to get your control back.

The most important assets a pitcher can possess is good control, which means having command of his various pitches.

Yet, we all know most pitchers experience a loss of command on certain pitches within a game, or even within an inning.

Successful and more experienced pitchers know how to make proper and quick game adjustments with their arm action, grip, finger pressure or release point. They know themselves, understand their usual problem, and know what to adjust to work best for them on a particular pitch.

In the chart below, I am listing some common problems that many pitchers experience with the curveball, some techniques which often cause the problem, and various adjustments which may be effective for a pitcher.

Game adjustments with the curveball

Problem Caused By Adjustment
Poor break Wrist and forearm tense, ball choked in hand, low cocked position Firm finger pad pressure, but wrist and forearm relaxed, leave space so thumb can flick up over ball, get fingers on top of ball
Hanging curve ball Low cocked position, over striding, lack of hand speed

Get hand and elbow up like FB, drive head and shoulders down over lead leg, think fastball until arm accelerates forward

Curve ball in dirt Arm circle too short, upper body leads, rushes motion Use normal arm swing, lead with front hip, stay back as on fastball
Loss of normal velocity Wrist curled inward, ball gripped too loose, Ball choked in hand Hand and wrist in a neutral position, firm finger pad pressure, leave space between thumb and 1st finger

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One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

If you believe adding velocity could be critical to your success, check out my proven programs for pitchers of all ages.

What do you think?

Now it's time to hear from you:

What do you do when your curveball isn't working? Are there any additional tips for throwing a curveball that I missed?

Or maybe you have an idea of how I can make this article even better.

Either way, leave a comment and let me know.




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