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for those of you with a nice curveball who don't know why it curves... this video should be of some ...




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Old 11-25-2016, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool slow pitch slider

for those of you with a nice curveball who don't know why it curves... this video should be of some interest to you... it explains another way to induce the magnus force other than high rpm's to create the high and low pressure areas around the ball... watch the whole thing but pay close attention to the baseball segment... i also have some pictures explaining my slider and how to train to get it right...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-3jnOIJg4k

SLOWPITCH SLIDER... *BULLSEYE AND ORIENTATION AND GRIP - Album on Imgur




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Old 12-20-2016, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i held a clinic on sunday and had 6 pitchers show up to learn this slider... one of them picked it up almost immediately... 2 others about 5 minutes later... and the other 3 threw a few sliders but had trouble with getting any consistency...

the 3 that got it fast have similar deliveries to mine so they were able to use my technique right out of the box... the other 3 had completely dissimilar deliveries from me so they will need to figure out what they need to do to make it work with their approach... or change to mine...

in any case... i have some pictures of the bullseye as it evolved with the 5th one being the one i've finally decided is best...

my suggestion, if you want to learn this, or perhaps improve on what you have now... is to get a ball and draw a bullseye on it like the 5th picture here... and the catcher should see the 6th picture if it's thrown correctly... if the catcher says your bullseye is wobbling, then try a hand adjustment on the ball...

if the orientation is off... then try turning your hand to line it up better... i suggest holding the bullseye up in front of you and lining the part between the dot and the seam with the catcher... that means the seam will be on the left side and the smooth spot on the right... with the catchers view being the opposite... after lining it up... you should lock your wrist and elbow and use a big back swing and as little muscle as possible... but locking your wrist and elbow seem imporatnt to consistency... no wrist snap...

this approach makes it much easier for the catcher to give feedback on what's happening... good luck if you are trying to learn this...

THE BULLSEYE : different approaches used - Album on Imgur

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Old 12-28-2016, 07:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ok... since i have no feedback at all... and i don't even know if anyone is trying this... i will not be posting anymore except to address comments or questions... so good luck if you're trying to figure this out... if you find you need help... feel free to ask...

i'm totally surprised by the lack of comments here...
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Old 01-25-2017, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok... i've realized you can put the bullseye on the other side of the ball so the pitcher [you] can see it... however... it isn't lined up exactly on the horseshoe seam... here's a picture of how it should be made so it gives you an acurate picture of what's happening without relying on input from the catcher... refer to the other pictures in my first post for what you should see since it's the same as what the catcher would see... a stable bullseye and the outer ring offset to the left a little...

also... obviously... you should hold the ball so the bullseye is located where your pinky is...

i use a standard roll of masking tape or duct tape to make the outer ring... it's the perfect size... try to make it exactly opposite of where the other ring would be for the catcher... i will add that i think the center bullseye is not needed... just the outer ring... but it may help visually from a distance...


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Old 02-10-2017, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for the advice! This is something I'll have to try for the upcoming spring season.
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you're welcome... hopefully i will have a video soon... my first attempt didn't turn out too well...
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here's a short video showing my delivery... how i hold and deliver the ball... and hopefully a video that shows the curve... i'll let you decide...

https://youtu.be/nYMNYZS7EoM
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here's another short video intended to give a better idea of the grips and release for this slider... in case the pictures haven't been enough...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_hJ...ature=youtu.be
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cool! Thank you again for the much needed advice & tips.
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you're welcome paul... good luck and let me know how it's coming along...
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