Guide to Pitching Machines

Pitching Machine : What is it?

Pitching Machines

Pitching machines are softball and baseball training tools that propel baseballs at specified speeds. They are used by amateurs and professional baseball and softball players to refine their swinging technique, improve their hitting, and practice hitting trick and high-velocity pitches. A typical pitching machine is made up of a motor, swivel, vertical pivot, wheels, and a feeder.

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Types of Pitching Machines

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Kinds of Pitching Machines include the following:

Backyard pitching machine

A backyard pitching machine is used for recreation or home practice.
Most backyard pitching machines are called tossing machines. They toss baseballs at regular intervals and at fixed speeds.
It is lightweight, compact, and consistent.
It helps improve hand and eye coordination and facilitates batting drills.

Youth league pitching machine

A youth league pitching machine is a single-motor machine that pitches at 60 miles per hour.
It is lightweight, portable, consistent, and easy to setup.
It is designed for RIF (Reduce Injury Factor) and standard baseballs.
Youth league pitching machines help develop consistency and skill.

High school, collegiate, and professional pitching machine

A professional pitching machine delivers fast pitches and a variety of pitch types.
It is a dual motor machine that delivers a speed of up to 60 miles per hour or more.
Professional pitching machines can deliver many pitching options such as right, left, curve, and fastballs.

Softball pitching machine

A softball machine is intended for softball play. It is designed to release underhand throws.
It provides fast and slow pitch play, risers, and drops.


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Choosing Pitching Machines (Buying tips)

Wheels: Look for a pitching machine with one or two spinning wheels that project the baseballs upon contact.  The wheels should be made of hard rubber for maximum durability.  If you want your pitching machine to deliver fast speeds, choose one with wheels that can make more revolutions per minute at a shorter time.

Vertical pivot: Look for a pitching machine with a vertical pivot head that can rock from front to back and change the angle of the pitch. It should be able to simulate ground balls, fly balls, and pop ups.    

Motor: Look for a pitching machine with at least a one-fourth ¼ horsepower motor. The horsepower determines the maximum pitch speed it can deliver.  

Power source:  Choose a pitching machine that operates on a 100 volts AC at 1,000 watts so you can plug it into a readily available power source or a generator.

Feeder: Choose a pitching machine with a feeder that can pitch a large quantity of baseballs.

In-line switch:  If you intend to use the pitching machine alone, get one with an in-line switch so you can turn it on or off from the batter's box or a remote area.

Compatibility:  Choose a pitching machine designed to work with the type of baseballs you are using.  Some pitching machines are made to work with various baseball or softball types, while some are made only for specific types.


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