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Knuckle Drop Ball as Offspeed Pitch

Feb 7, 2013
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DD has been experimenting with an offspeed pitch (to compliment her change-up) where she takes her normal 4 seam drop ball grip but tucks her middle finger/knuckle on the ball. It takes about 5 mph off the drop ball but still has good downward movement. Anyone use or experiment with this?

Her drop ball is around low to mid-50's; knuckle drop ball high 40's; and change-up low 40's.
 
Jan 18, 2010
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In your face
I think the off speed is one of the most underrated pitches. Selling the OS as a fastball ( you guys know what I mean ) is the key. Delivery must be the same, the spin needs to be very close, hiding the grip. Mixing speeds is done all the time, and for good reason, they just like putting the fancy names on them. :)
 

Greenmonsters

Wannabe Duck Boat Owner
Feb 21, 2009
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New England
I think the off speed is one of the most underrated pitches. Selling the OS as a fastball ( you guys know what I mean ) is the key. Delivery must be the same, the spin needs to be very close, hiding the grip. Mixing speeds is done all the time, and for good reason, they just like putting the fancy names on them. :)
Good advice GD! Long time no hear. Hope you've been enjoying some mix of beer, ball, boat, and BBQ
 

JAD

Feb 20, 2012
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Georgia
DD has been working on throwing her curve and drop curve off speed. Now if I could just get the coaching staff to start calling them in games....
 

Greenmonsters

Wannabe Duck Boat Owner
Feb 21, 2009
6,175
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New England
DD has been working on throwing her curve and drop curve off speed. Now if I could just get the coaching staff to start calling them in games....
IMO she is compliant (and more effective) if she throws the pitch that they call but she decides at what speed
 

JAD

Feb 20, 2012
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Georgia
IMO she is compliant (and more effective) if she throws the pitch that they call but she decides at what speed
I am working on that....sometimes she becomes too much of a robot in the circle and just throws whatever is called without thinking.
 
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