How to Throw a Curve Ball Without Blowing Out Your Elbow

How to Throw a Curve Ball Without Blowing Out Your Elbow

Before you start to work on any other pitches in your repertoire please understand that your pitching technique has to be solid.  You can’t start to learn how to throw a curve ball (or any breaking pitches) if your delivery is inconsistent with your fastball.  Not to mention if you experience soreness in your elbow or shoulder.  

Okay, so let’s start by translating some important terminology supinate and pronate:

Supinating is a twisting of the hand, wrist and forearm resulting in the thumb or hand rotating outward away from the body.  Supinating causes the thumb to go towards the sky where pronating causes the thumb to go towards the ground.  When you supinate or twist to throw a curveball (or for that matter any pitch), you are placing the elbow under extreme stress. The photo below is an illustration of the supinating:

How to Throw a Curve Ball Grip

When training my pitchers I use the phrase “nothing changes except the grip!”. What I mean when I say this, is you don’t have a different delivery for every pitch). The technique is constant base off a fastball foundation, the only thing we change is the grip and the grip should do the work.

It doesn’t matter which pitch you are going to deliver the forearm should always pronate. Below are illustrations of what pronating looks like when you throw a baseball.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Ben Sheets

Ben Sheets shows how to throw a curve ball while the forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Ben Sheets Fastball

Ben Sheets throwing a fastball and forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez shows how to throw a curve ball while the forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Francisco Rodriguez Fastball

Francisco Rodriguez throwing a fastball and forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy shows how to throw a curve ball while the forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Jake Peavy Fastball

Jake Peavy throwing a fastball and forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay shows how to throw a curve ball while the forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

How to Throw a Curve Ball Roy Halladay Fastball

Roy Halladay throwing a fastball and forearm is pronating – rotating inward – thumb toward ground.

I can’t emphasize enough how critical the pitching technique is when it comes to arm care and longevity. Learning to utilize the body from the ground – up and learning how to deliver the throwing so it can be directed straight “To” and “Through” the target. The technique is always the same the only thing that changes is the grip.

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