Reader question: “twist” vs. “tuck finger”

This week I’m addressing a question asked by reader Fred about different methods of throwing a curveball. Since terminology varies around the country it was a little tricky, but I did my best interpretation. Fred, if this doesn’t answer your question thoroughly, please feel free to send a follow up!

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Phil Schonberg is a co-founder of Fastpitch Power, inc. He teaches all aspects of fastptich softball, specializing in windmill pitching and coaches' training.

1 comment

  1. Fred Fitzpatrick

    Dear Phil

    This is Fred with the “Twist vs Tuck Finger” follow up/reply. I watched your video and it touches on incorporating a “Tucked” finger with a “Twist” wrist style curveball and I have taught that to a few pitchers I’ve had. It did help them generate more spin with their curve, so for illustrating that I thank you.

    I want to put a video together for you of what I was talking about to show a curve ball without the “Twisting” of the wrist but by just tucking the index finger and throwing an otherwise fastball. If the pitcher is a forward spinning fastball pitcher, by tucking the index finger and throwing a fastball the ball will break much like a curveball. It is HS softball season here in Arizona so I will send you a video very soon, as time allows.

    Again Phil I sincerely thank you for your video illustration.

    Fred Fitzpatrick

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