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How to Pitch a Forkball in Baseball

Learn how to pitch a forkball from Coach Darren Gurney in this Howcast baseball video.


The forkball is a pitch thrown when the ball is wedged between the pointer and middle fingers. Much like a split-finger fastball, the pitch will drop. The difference being, a forkball is jammed deeper into the hand and is a slower-thrown pitch, enabling the ball to tumble as it approaches the batter.

Jack Morris in the mid-1980s and early 1990s had a very effective forkball. More recently, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants has dominated by using an effective forkball.

By utilizing a forkball in conjunction with a two seam fastball and split-finger fastball, pitchers will do a good job of throwing off the batter's eye level and timing and improve their performance by implementing the forkball pitch as a variety in their repertoire.

This is how you throw a forkball.

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