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How do you throw a fastball?

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There are different types of fastballs, but the four-seam fastball is the most common. To throw a four-seam fastball, place your index and middle fingers across the seams on top of the baseball. Place your thumb across the seams on the bottom. Grip the baseball loosely, and release.

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  1. Grip the baseball with your pointer finger, middle finger and thumb

    Position your index and middle fingers across the seams on top of the baseball. Leave about half an inch of a gap between each finger. Place your thumb across the seams underneath the baseball.

  2. Have a loose grip

    Grip the ball loosely as you would if you were holding an egg in your fingertips. Leave a little bit of space between your palm and the baseball.

  3. Release the fastball

    Let your fingers roll off the fastball as you release it. Keep the friction between your hand and the baseball to a minimum for a higher velocity.

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