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What is the 12-6 curveball bottle drill?
It is an extremely simple drill that can help develop a proper 12-6 curveball throwing motion.
What's the purpose of the 12-6 curveball bottle drill?
There is one common issue that occurs when pitchers try to throw a 12-6 curveball. It has to do with the wrist action. Often times, pitchers will turn their wrist too far.
When the wrist is turned too far, it's usually because the pitcher is trying to get additional movement on the baseball. This type of wrist motion may not only be dangerous for the elbow or shoulder, but it may actually be counterproductive.
When a pitcher turns his wrist too far, the release ends up on the side of the ball. For a 12-6 curveball, you want your fingers and release to be on top of the ball. The bottle drill can correct this issue.
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How to perform the 12-6 curveball bottle drill
- Find any type of empty bottle
- Hold the cap side of the bottle with your pitching fingers and thumb
- Now throw the bottle as if you were throwing a 12-6 curveball
Note: This is a mechanical drill only, so do not perform this at game speed.
The bottle should have top-wards spin just like a 12-6 curveball. Seems easy right? If you have a correct 12-6 curveball throwing motion then it will be a piece of cake. However, if you are suffering from either turning your wrist too far or too little, the bottle will spin in a sideways motion.
By practicing this drill, you will eventually get the bottle to spin just a like a 12-6 curveball. This is very simple drill, but you will be surprised how much it can help. Throwing this pitch with proper mechanics is the first step to developing a nasty curveball.
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