"Three strikes--you're out!" While this might be one of the most recognizable utterances made in baseball, it's not one that a batter really wants to ever hear. But to maximize a batting practice requires a pitcher's ultimate accuracy, strength, and consistency - and even the best pitcher in the world will eventually tire from delivering golden pitches during practice. That's where the baseball pitching machine comes in. A pitching machine is engineered to deliver pitch after pitch so the batter can train their muscles and joints to send that ball flying far and fast come game time.
A good pitching machine is adjustable, sturdy, and consistent. We're proud to only offer products that meet those basic recommendations, but we also realize that every batter has different needs. Just like we want you to feel confident as you stride up to the plate, we also want you to be confident about your purchase. We hope that you find this guide useful in understanding the different features that will ultimately lead to a better batting percentage.
The overall purpose of a baseball pitching machine is to improve batting practice, which is why our products offer a range of types of pitches. The fastball pitch, launched by pitchers on the opposing, is intended to speed by the batter so quickly that they don't have time to react appropriately. You'll be able to prepare for those exact pitches, deterring your opponent from avoiding your bat's impact. Depending on the age group, the fastball ranges in speed - that is, a fastball for the best of the 12-15 year old age group is going to be slower than the fastball for the best pitcher at the college level. That's why we offer products that are adjustable.
Most of our pitching machines pitch at speeds of up to 45 to 50 miles per hour using normally weighted baseballs, which is a practical speed at which to increase accuracy. The fastest pitches provided by our machines reach about 75 miles per hour in speed, which is an average fastball pitch for high school play. Keep in mind that the same baseball pitching machine that pitches a normal baseball at 45 miles per hour will pitch a "lite" ball 15 to 20 miles an hour faster. When it comes to practicing, it's not always crucial to use normal baseballs, since the point is to react physically to the visual stimulus provided by an oncoming object.
A baseball pitching machine at its best should mimic the type of pitches you'll encounter on the field, so we offer products that produce curveball pitches. This realistic practice experience will allow you to recognize the signs of the curveball early on so that you can swing lower to the ground - even when at first it appears the ball will stay on a straight path. At the college and professional level, you can expect a curveball on average to reach about 75 miles per hour; accordingly, we offer products that pitch curveballs at exactly that speed. Remember, you don't have to be a pro to practice like one! Pitching machines are also great for practicing defensive tactics, and our products offer manual adjustments that quickly convert your equipment into launchers of grounders, pop flys, and line drives. Just one machine can be utilized in several different ways to help round out your athletic ability. Whether you're using your machine to practice batting or in-field techniques, you have the option of purchasing a product that includes an auto feeder. An auto feeder is a practical feature that takes away the necessity of having a person stand next to the baseball pitching machine inserting balls by hand. If you're a coach, that means that you can devote your time to helping your players establish finesse and improve form.
Besides allowing for adjustments in the machine's speed and trajectory, several of our products also allow you to adjust the pitch height. That means that you can slow the speed down and lower the height to resemble an 11-year-old's pitch, and then on the next pitch you can adjust the machine to mimic a college-level pitch. We believe that it's better to distribute products that can be changed to suit your needs rather than to deliver static equipment that only one type of player can use. No matter what kind of player you are, or how many types of players will be using this equipment, our machines are designed to provide a practical, game-like experience so you can improve on all fronts.
Our pitching machines are set on stands made of steel, which improves both durability and stability. Whether you select a baseball pitching machine with a quarter or an eighth horsepower motor, a steel tripod will be able to support the launching of baseballs so that the machine doesn't wobble. We're also proud to feature nylon-fiberglass housing that won't suffer from impact in case you bat the ball right back at the machine. While of course it's not optimal to bat a baseball directly back at the pitcher, we know that sometimes mistakes happen in practice - the strength of our housing ensures you won't compromise the integrity of the equipment.
Now that you know the basics of what a baseball pitching machine can do for you, enjoy browsing our product selection! We are confident that you'll find what you need.