the knuckleball isnt thrown with the knuckles
it’s thrown with the finger
the goal is to throw the ball with absolute
zero spin on it
so the wind will take over
and zig it this way
and then drop it
when theres a knuckleball pitcher, the catcher puts on a different (bigger) mitt than he normally uses
because even he won’t know where the ball is gonna land.
it turns out the randomness of nature, in this example, minor changes in wind patterns
is better at fooling batters than pinpoint accuracy.
happy accidents. the joy luck club. putting the ball in mother natures hands. letting go of the illusion of control. mastering that which cannot be tamed.
because of its difficulty and its steep downside, there are very few professional knuckleballers in the game today.
if i was 12 years old right now, theres only one pitch i would be working on
every day, all day