The Arsenal: The Change-up
The changeup is a great addition to any pitchers arsenal. The changeup is a pitch that throws off the timing of the hitter at the plate. The changeup looks like a fastball coming out of the pitchers had, which throws off the timing of the hitter resulting in weak contact or no contact at all. So, we will discuss the different types of grips for a changeup that you can try to work on as you add this to your arsenal.
The first type of grip for the change up is the claw grip.
This grip is a good for young pitchers to get confidence in throwing this pitch. This grip is quite simple: first you touch your thumb and picky together underneath the baseball. Then, the three other figures should look like a claw around the baseball. The ball should rest on the back portion of your hand with the pads of your fingers resting on the horseshoe part of the seams. Remember, this pitch can have a variety of grips, but pick the one that works for you.
The second type of grip for the changeup is the modified circle grip (pictured below).
The modified circle change is just a softer type of circle change. Instead of your thumb and pinky making on the side of the baseball, the modified circle grip rests the thumb underneath the baseball with the other four fingers around the baseball. Remember to rest the baseball back in the hand.
The third type of grip for the changeup is the circle change grip (picture below).
The circle change grip is the most common way to grip the change up. Most of your pitching coach will most likely show you this grip when you first starting throwing the change up. The circle change grip gives you good movement, but it does not always work for everyone. This grip needs the right hand size to make it effective. So, if you have smaller hands I recommend trying your hand at the other grips shown in this article.
The last type of grip for the changeup is the straight change grip (pictured below).
The straight change is another common grip for the change up. The straight changeup does not have much movement at all. The straight changeup looks like a fastball out of the hand giving the pitcher the deception he is looking for. The straight changes late movement and deceptive speeds makes it an effective pitch.
So, as you work in bullpen sessions try these grips to see which grip is most effective and comfortable for you. Another point to remember, as you work on adding the change up to your arsenal work on hitting an area not just a spot early on. Then as you get command of the changeup then you can work on hitting spots. Last point to consider, pitch with confidence. Yes, the changeup might not be what you desire it to be when you are first throwing it, but it will come. Have fun working on the changeup.