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The Changeup
The Most Difficult Pitch You'll Ever Learn

(You can click here for the 1-page .pdf of this handout)

What Is Pitching?

“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

-Warren Spahn, 13-time 20-game winner

Why Curveballs Are Dangerous

A 2008 study


found that:


Yet curveballs did NOT put more stress on the elbow. Instead:

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Rather than risk elbow injuries from curveballs due to poor technique, throw a changeup.

What Is the Secret to A Great Changeup?

  • Having the same mechanics/release point as the fastball
  • Throwing it when behind in the count as the hitter will be looking fastball (1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2)
  • Using the weak fingers in the hand (ring finger and pinky), not the “fastball fingers” (fore/middle finger)


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Have A Question About the Changeup?
Call (631-352-7654) or email ([email protected])
Dr. Arnold!