Pitching Machines Buying Guide
Whether you're a softball or baseball player, practising with a pitching machine can greatly improve your swing, and make you more consistent and powerful with each pitching session. In order to get the most effective practice, start by choosing a pitching machine that fits your current skill level and of course, the game you want to play. Some machines are only suited for baseballs or softballs, while others can pitch a combination of the two. Some models even pitch wiffle balls for younger, more recreational players, so it's important to choose the right machine for your needs.
Variety Is the Name of the Game
- Standard Baseball Pitching Machines pitch both leather and dimpled, pitching machine-specific balls. These dimpled balls are not only more durable and accurate, but also are great for players who use aluminium bats that can dent easily.
- A Beginner Tossing Machine more gently tosses the balls so that kids can easily practice their batting drills. These machines are lightweight and portable, making it easy for parents to take them anywhere.
- Lite/RIF Ball Machines are great for kids as well, since their soft pitch and reduced injury factor balls help protect young players from being hurt. These are sometimes also known as youth league pitching machines.
- Mini/Wiffle Ball Machines help players focus on ball-to-bat coordination.
- Softball Pitching Machines can train both fast and slowpitch players by simulating a variety of underhand pitching techniques.
- Combo Pitching Machines are great if you have family members that play both baseball and softball. They can simulate a variety of pitch styles, underhand fastpitch to your standard curveball.
Some Important Features
- The lightweight, portable pitching machines can't hold as much as the big, stationary models. So think about how much you may mind having to do multiple refills for one practice session.
- Feeder-compatible pitching machines are better if you plan to practice a lot by yourself.
- In-line switches are also great for solo practising, since they allow you to turn off the machine from the batter's box.
- Portable pitching machines are mounted on tripods and come equipped one or two wheels. One wheel models throw slower pitches than two wheel models, and they may not be able to simulate as large a variety of pitches. If you're only a casual user, stick to one wheel. If you need to improve your game a lot, consider a two wheel machine with a dual motor and swivel head.
- A motor powered by a 110-volt A/C power propels the spinning wheel or wheels, determining the maximum pitch speed that can be reached. The higher the HP, the faster the pitch.