- The changeup, thrown correctly, is an effective pitch when trying to disrupt the hitter’s timing.
- For older pitchers, the changeup grip depends on what fastball grip— the two-seam fastball or the four-seam fastball—is primarily used.
- The changeup is thrown with the top portion of the hand (the base of the fingers) and not in the palm.
- The more a changeup can be held in the fingertips, the better control the pitcher will have.
- The placement of the thumb is based on what’s comfortable for the pitcher.
Release it like a fastball!
- For younger pitchers, four fingers may be used to grip the ball: slide over from the four-seam grip.
- Keep the fingers out in front (of the ball) during release: it will kill the speed.