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    So what is the proper way to use finger pressure, have read completely opposite ways of doing it. Finger pressure with index finger will make the ball cut in on a RHB and pressure with ring finger will cut out. Is this correct? Have also read the opposite where index finger pressure will make the ball cut out on a RHB. So guys which is it???

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    Finger pressure helps a little, but not nearly as much as it does in baseball. Because of the size of the ball and the shorter pitching distance, the wrist is more involved in movement pitches.
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    Just wanting to get some clarification which way the pressure will make the ball move. We have her pitching a peel drop which is her fastball ala hillhouse so just want to make sure I have the finger pressure thing right so the ball will cut in or out a little.

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    Do not focus on increasing finger pressure, rather decrease it AND focus on the the placement of the now dominant fingers at release. If you have more pressure with the index and middle and keep them inside the ball it will cause it to tail into a RHB. This is what you get with a baseline IR/BI fastball. If the ring and pinky have more pressure and you get them outside the ball it will tail away from a RHB.

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    I was wondering how DD did that. She just started doing it this spring (tailing in to a RHB) and she has no idea. Still a lot of work to do to but at least now I know what' going on.

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    Excellent, that is what we have been doing but have read the opposite also so wanted to make sure I wasn’t messing her up

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    What many would describe as a "Drop Curve" is often nothing more than a good IR/BI Fast Ball with a good pull from the ring and pinky outside the ball. As soon as I get kids to master a baseline FB, I teach them to get the fingers outside the ball so they can tail it either way. Tailing a FB left or right into a tea cup along with a serviceable change up are all that is required for a pitcher to do quite well at all but the highest levels. If you cannot master those three you are probably wasting time attempting more advanced pitches.

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    Riseball ,
    if possible could you post a picture of what you call outside the ball. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishman1218 View Post
    Riseball ,
    if possible could you post a picture of what you call outside the ball. Thanks in advance.

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    ditto. a picture would be very helpful

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    This isn't precisely what riseball is talking about, but it's pretty close. This particular "drop-curve" was her off-speed pitch. Notice the pinky and ring finger are applying much more pressure here than would be the case with a regular fastball where the main fingers are the index and middle fingers.

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