2-Seam Fastball - How To Grip A Two-Seam Fastball
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
The second pitch most pitchers learn is the two seam fastball. Unlike the four seam fastball, the two seamer tends to have some movement to it. A right handed pitcher will usually see some movement towards a right handed hitter. A downside to the two seam fastball is it tends to be a bit slower in velocity than the four seamer. However, a good pitcher can make up for this loss with the movement generated by the pitch.
To grip the two seamer, position the ball a bit deeper in your hand than you would a four seam fastball. This will allow for more movement to the pitch. Place your index and middle finger on the two narrow seams. Place your thumb comfortably on the underside of the ball.
When throwing the pitch, release the ball much like you would with the four seam fastball. The grip will allow the ball to move towards your throwing hand side, and may drop the velocity a few miles per hour, creating a good pitch to mix in with the four seamer.
Many pitchers like to throw the two seamer inside to hitters. A right handed pitcher will throw it inside to a right handed hitter. The natural movement makes it easy to get the ball in on the hands, and makes it difficult for the hitter to make solid contact.
Getting the right amount of movement on the two seam fastball takes practice. Practice with the grip during warm ups and in bullpens to master this pitch. Once you can comfortably use it in a game, you will love the extra movement and flexibility a second fastball can offer.
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