How To Throw A Gyroball
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
The infamous gyroball is a very unique pitch. Only a handful of pitchers have the physical ability to throw it, and it even took a super computer to scientifically perfect it.
To grip a gyroball, hold the baseball as you would a four seam fastball.
Throw the ball with your hips and shoulders in sync. As your arm comes forward, turn your arm so the back of your hand is facing you. Snap your wrist backwards and your fingers downwards, similar to a curveball.
When the ball leaves your hand, turn your wrist so your palm faces inwards. This produces a very unique spin which does not create pressure differences around the ball like other pitches do.
As with any pitch, the gyroball takes a lot of time and practice to master it. This is a very difficult pitch, so a lot of practice is a must. Don't be discouraged if you struggle with it right away!
The gyroball is so difficult to throw, and so few people can physically do it, the pitch is more of an idea than anything. I personally recommend learning to throw other pitches before attempting to learn the gyroball.
If you are having trouble with the gyroball, stop by the Let's Talk Pitching discussion forums to have your questions answered!
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