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Video:How to Throw a Cutter

with Kris Totten

Want to learn how to throw a cutter in baseball? Watch this About.com video to see how it's done and how you need to hold the ball.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Throw a Cutter

How are you doing? Kris Totten here from Akadema Sporting Goods, here for About.com. I'm going to show you how to throw a cutter today. <

What's the Cutter in Baseball?

The cutter is designed to look like a fast ball and at the end it's going to dip. It's a little faster than your curve ball and a little faster than your split finger, but this pitches looks like a four-seam fast ball and it's going to have that cut at the end where it's going to dip away from the batter.

Tips and Tricks for Doing a Cutter in Baseball

Hand placement for the cutter, you want to make sure that you have your middle finger and your index finger on the seam of the baseball, the thumb placed on the side.

Alright, to get started, you want to make sure you have your shoulders square. Feet are shoulder width apart, hand up. You've got your grip ready. Take your first step back. You are going to pivot, balanced position, when you stride toward your target, keeping that weight back, and then you are going to explode toward your target.

Other Notes About Throwing a Cutter

A few things to keep an eye on when throwing your cutter, you want to make sure you are staying in a good balanced position throughout your motion, allowing that arm to get up. You don't want that elbow to drop below the shoulder. You want to make sure it stays up, showing that cutter to the center fielder when throwing it. So you have the elbow up, then you are exploding toward your target.

Another thing to keep your eye out on is make sure you maintain eye contact with your catcher, you don't want to lose sight of the target when you are going through the motion. So the entire motion, make sure you stay on your catcher so you can explode to the target. Make sure you get your hips involved, keeping that weight back, and then you can explode, getting that hand through the glove.

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