What's the difference between a curve ball, a slider, a breaking ball, etc.?
My son is now at the level of children pitching. I know that kids his age are not supposed to be throwing those kinds of pitches anyway, but I myself don't know the difference between these pitches or what they look like compared to others. Any answers.
Speed is the real difference between a curve ball, slider, and a hard slider. The harder you through a curve the less break you will get with the pitch. You need to snap these pitches off with your wrist which can hurt a developing arm in kids. Screw ball is even worse because you snap the wrist in the opposite direction.
Change ups, fork balls, and splitters have the arm motion of a fast ball but do to the grip they will lose velocity and become an off speed pitch to fool the batter.
A curveball curves, a slider slides, and a breaking ball breaks.
Yea... Don't teach your kid how to pitch a slider or curveball. If anything, they should be learning and improving on the basics of a fastball until he gets to high school. You don't want your kid stressing their shoulder and elbow before they full develop. I guess teaching them a changeup is safe if he wants a second pitch.
A breaking ball is any pitch that doesn't have "fastball" attached to it. This includes a curveball, slider, changeup, screwball, etc...
A curveball is slower and moves more than a slider. A slider is between a curveball and fastball - Faster with less movement than a curveball.
Most pitchers either choose the curveball or slider, but not both. Not exactly sure why, but I guess they want to master one pitch. It's probably not good for your arm to pitch both either.
Breaking balls are any pitch that has movement to it. Curveballs tend to have more of a 12 to 6 drop to them. Sliders are faster and have a 1 to 7 drop usually. Think of it like a clock. There are of course other pitchers, like a splitfinger fastball, 2 seam fastball, knuckleball, and change up, but at such a young age, I would recommend straight fastballs.
A curve ball has more 'break' in it than a slider, especially in the vertical direction. A '12-6' curveball is one that moves from top to bottom - a reference to the hour hands on a clock.
A slider moves more right-to-left when thrown by a right-handed pticher with a little movement down.
Both curve balls and sliders are considered breaking balls. A changeup is not considered a breaking ball it is more of an 'off-speed' pitch.
A curve ball sinks as well as curves, a slider is thrown a lttle harder and has more of a side to side break and not as much sink. Both are called breaking balls. Then a change up is simply slower and tends to drop a little. A change up is thrown just like a fastball but you palm the ball instead of holding it with 2 fingers. your son can do this pitch without harming his arm.
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