Cutter pitches are one of the most effective tools in a pitcher’s arsenal. They’re not as common as other pitches, such as fastballs and curveballs, so they can be an especially nasty surprise for batters. In this article, we’ll teach you how to throw a cutter pitch that will have your opponents guessing. Keep reading to learn more!
- A cutter is a variation of a fastball that is thrown with a slightly different grip that makes the pitch break before it hits the home plate.
- Cutters are most effective when they break towards the batter instead of away, and they can be thrown to both left and right-handed batters.
- The term “cutter” was not used in mainstream baseball lingo until the late 1980s, and it comes from the movement of the ball.
- To throw a cutter, pitchers take their normal fastball grip and shift their fingers slightly off center to apply more pressure to the outer edge of the ball with firm pressure coming from the tip of the middle finger.
- Cutter pitches are deceptive because they have the same motion as the fastball with no snapping or turning of the wrist or elbow; the release point should be identical to the fastball.
Cutter pitch explained
What is a cutter?
Why is it called a cutter?
4 steps to throw a cutter
2. Arm Angle
3. Spin Movement
When to throw a cutter?
How does a cutter move?
Why is a cutter hard to hit?
An effective pitch to force ground balls
Deceptive pitch to confuse batters
The cutter is a deceptive pitch that can be used to confuse batters. It has the same motion as a fastball, but it breaks towards the batter instead of away. Cutters are most effective when they break towards the plate, and they can be thrown to both left and right-handed batters. Now that you know how to throw a cutter, go out and give it a try!
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