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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baseball Pitching Machines

By Eugene Rischall

there are five things to consider.

1. Pitch speed-You want to have a machine with the proper pitching speed for you.

2. Number of wheels-You want the right amount of wheels.

3. Transportability-Pick a machine which is easy to transport.

4. Parts and accessories-Generators, auto ball feeders, dimpled balls and covers are important to your machine.

5. Warranty-Make sure you are properly covered with your investment.

Pitching machines come in different styles. An arm action machine and a circular wheel machine are very popular. Pitching machines are useful for batters who can practice on their own. The starter is ideal for young players. Pitches are normally 30 mph in these games. The curveball machine actually spins the ball in an opposite direction. The spin goes forward, which causes the ball to curve downward. Since the ball is curving toward the ground, gravity does not prevent it from curving. It actually helps it. You can put different spins on the ball. The 2 pitch sidewinder can throw straight fastball and 3/4 curve, straight fastball and 3/4 slider, tailing fastball and sidearm curve, and tailing fastball sidearm slider. The 2pitch3 machine can throw a 95 mph and a 75 mph curveball in one set up. There is also the twin pitch which gives you 2 pitches in one set up. Parts and accessories are important to your machine. Auto ball feeders feeds balls at different intervals. Can be used with almost any pitching machine. A power generator is an alternative power source for running your single wheel machine, or automatic ball feeder units in locations where there are no electric outlets. Baseball pitching covers protect your machine. Dimpled balls will dramatically extend the life of your machine. A pitch selector allows you to feed fastballs and curveballs without the batter knowing which pitch is coming. Two downhill feed chute extensions are connected to the in-feed chutes. Two balls are rolled down the feed chutes at the same time. The batter can see the balls roll down. Both balls appear just before the pitching wheels, but only one comes out. This feature makes it impossible for the batter to predict the pitch, but allows for ample timing of when the ball will be pitched.

I hope this article will be a tremendous help in your hunt for purchasing a baseball pitching machine best suited for your game. Besides improving your game, you can share your machine with teammates and have a lot of fun.

Author-Eugene Rischall, Owner, Baseball Training Emporium

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