Slider Not Working?

  • Updated on Dec. 17, 2016

2017 MLB Tryouts

Youth pitching program
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.

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

Andrew Miller slider pitching gif
Andrew Miller slider

In this article, you'll learn what to do when your slider 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 slider, some techniques which often cause the problem, and various adjustments which may be effective for a pitcher.

Game adjustments with the slider

Problem Caused By Adjustment
Poor break Grip too lose, palm of hand faces batter, lack of finger and thumb action Firm grip slightly deeper than FB, off-center ball, 1/4 inward turn of the hand and wrist, fingers cut down thru outside
Slider backs up Fingers on side or under the ball, wrist turns under ball, arm slot too wide 1st finger pressure at 1 o’clock, cuts down thru, wrist flexes forward and downward, use FB arm action and arm slot
Lack of normal velocity Ball gripped too loose, ball choked too deep, stiff wrist action Firm finger and thumb pressure, Space between thumb and 1st finger, loose wrist and forearm

On a mobile device? Swipe to view more.

Get my pitching velocity program

Youth pitching program
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 slider isn't working? Are there any additional tips for throwing a slider 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.




Get exclusive pitching tips

Are you in yet? Click the button below and enter your email to get advanced pitching strategies that I ONLY share with my 87,431 newsletter subscribers. (This is where I share my best material, and it's FREE!)

Get Exclusive Tips From Steven »

Seriously, pitchers and coaches are loving these tips

Great reviews of Steven Ellis exclusive baseball pitching tips