How To Throw A Slurve

By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

Being able to throw multiple pitches with good command is a good goal for any pitcher to have. Almost every advanced pitcher can throw some sort of breaking pitch, whether it be a curveball, slider, or a slurve. In this article, you will learn how to throw a slurve, which is a combination of a curveball and slider.

To throw the slurve, grip the ball like a four seam fastball. However, slide your index finger over so it is next to your middle finger. Your fingers should be on the outside seam of the baseball. Bring your thumb up to the inside of the baseball. This grip should allow you to generate the proper spin on the baseball.

Throwing the slurve is similar to throwing any other pitch. You should be using the same basic mechanics that you use for any other pitch. The difference comes at the release point, as well as the grip used.

There are two main ways to throw a slurve. One way is to throw it like a fastball, and let the grip do all the work. You might not see as much movement with this method. Another way to throw the slurve is with a quick snap of your wrist. As you release the ball, snap your wrist inwards almost like you are opening a doorknob. This will give the ball a good amount of spin and should produce the desired movement.

When thrown properly, the slurve will move in a 3-8 pattern (for a RHP). The velocity should be slightly less than a fastball.

Keep in mind, learning the slurve will take a lot of time and practice to master. Be sure to throw it in bullpen sessions and during warm ups. Eventually you will be able to use it in game situations.

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