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At Home Drill - Four Seam Grip

posted Oct 24, 2011, 1:11 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 7:29 PM by Pam Nelson ]
There are more drills for improving baseball skills than can be counted. Many of the best drills are simple and can be done by players of any age. Parents are often duped into believing that the answer to improving skills is professional instruction. Many parents pay large sums of money to have their child receive personal instruction from a professional coach. While this is helpful at times, the truth is, young baseball players are made at home, not with private lessons. Many great drills can be done at home and don't require extensive knowledge of baseball. This also provides parents a great opportunity to spend quality time with their children. Your child is growing up fast. Seize the opportunity to spend quality time with him. These at-home drills can be a great way to do that.

Grip Memory

The proper way for positional players to grip the ball is across the seams. This is called a four-seam grip because when thrown properly, this will result in friction with four horizontal seams in each rotation of the baseball. Throwing across the seams, with the proper throwing motion, will result is a straighter throw that will travel farther. See the picture of the proper four-seam grip.

This simple drill will help the player learn to naturally grab the ball in the proper way without thinking about it. The goal is that muscle memory takes over and every time the ball is transferred to the throwing hand, the fingers adjust to grip the ball properly. This just takes time and repetition. Practice the following steps:

1. Lie on your back.
2. Throw the ball up above your face and catch it with your glove.
3. Transfer the ball quickly to the throwing hand.
4. As quickly as possible, move fingers to get a four seam grip on the ball without looking at it.
5. Repeat over and over again training the fingers to grab the seams properly.

This is a simple drill that can be done anywhere and at anytime.

Have fun!