Many softball and baseball players develop their playing skills and talents with the help of pitching machines. These machines would be helpful when you are training with your co-player or with your coach or when you are just practicing to hit the ball even while you are just in your backyard or at the park or in the field.
Pitching machines always deliver great consistent pitches enabling players to develop proper mechanics like in the swing of the bat. In additions, training sessions has been most effective with consistent pitches that suit your game choice and the level of your skill.
If these pitching machines will be used for little League players and the like, you have to make sure these machines will accept Reduced Injury Factor or RIF balls. You could also consider using sting free or dimpled balls when players use aluminum bats which are dent prone. Usually, the types of balls that can be used are specified in the machine’s user manual.
Smaller pitching machines can obviously hold a small number of balls as compared with stationary and bigger pitching machines. If you are looking to buy a pitching machine, you would probably need to determine the capacity of the pitching machine; the number of balls it can handle. If it will not be of any inconvenience for you to regularly refill the carriage with balls, then probably the capacity will not be an issue.
If you need a pitching machine that can hold as many balls as possible, you will need an additional feeder. While smaller feeders can carry about 16 softballs or about 20 baseballs, larger feeders have a capacity of as much as 80 baseballs.
Single-wheel pitching machines can make straight fastball pitches with speed from 25 – 75 mph and are inexpensive. There are models which can pitch curveballs and have the ability to modify the direction how a wheel is spun to imitate either right hand pitching or left hand pitching. Their weight usually falls between 30-60 pounds. This type of pitching machine that has a single motor is also suitable for casual users.
Dual-wheel pitching machines could pitch with a speed of 25 to over 90 mph. Their pitches usually have a swivel head, which allows the pitching machine to throw balls from a several angles. Their usual weights are 60 up to 150 pounds. Those players who want to regularly use the pitching machine so their games are improved will prefer to have a two-wheel pitching machine and has a dual motor plus a lot of additional features.
A motor that is powered by a 110 – V drives the spinning wheel. The maximum speed of a pitch that pitching machines can give is determined by the total power of its motor and is measured in HP. or horsepower. As the horsepower gets higher, the revolutions of the wheel also gets higher as well as the speed of the pitch also gets higher. There are adjustment knobs on the machine where you can control the speed of the pitch and its direction as well. Pitching machines cost about several hundreds of dollars for a smaller portable unit up to several thousand for a heavier with bigger capacity unit.