Think about the ball spinning similar to the way the earth spins on its axis. When the ball comes out of your hand, the “dot” on the ball is the axis. Pay attention to that. The goal is to not see that dot and just create the pure spin. If you’re throwing a drop or rise, the axis should be on both sides of the ball. If you throwing a curve or screw ball, it should be on the top and bottom.
There are lots of tools and tricks to help you create more spin on the ball.
Here is a 14″ softball which is great to throw during spinning drills. It makes you over exaggerate the movement in your fingers. When you switch to a 12″ or 11″ ball, throwing a curve or rise will feel easy!
|Another great tool for pitchers is the Spin Right Spinner. If you see a wobbly spinner, that means your spin isn’t pure. Work on making the spinner flat. Remember, more spin = more movement!|
You can do these hand dexterity drills with or without a spinner. They’re great!