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Discussion: Batting practice equipment or trainers - HELP!

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Dec. 4, 2007
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
Batting practice equipment or trainers - HELP!
Anyone out there familiar with any batting practice training equipment that can be used indoors for those of us that don't live in Florida? I am looking for some piece of equipment that i can use in my cellar during the winter & also not have to worry about smashing the drywall. I have found the SKLZ Hit-A-Way (ball goes around a pole), the SOLOHITTER - 3 models ( ball attached to pulleys and tensioning cables ) & the SWINGAWAY - 2 models (ball attached to pulleys and tensioning cables). Is anyone familiar with these machines or any others?
I read where the ball in the SWINGAWAY machines is quick to return to position (3-5 seconds) where the SOLOHITTER can take 15 seconds or more. Any info would help.
Dec. 4, 2007
angus73
Men's 50
97 posts
I just got a pitching machine by Wilson called a soft toss. and a net which is12' by 10 by 6' to hit into. You can get smaller nets.

the soft toss machine is like hitting "fence ball" it tosses regular softballs in a small arc about 5 feet high and is battery operated and rechargeable.
Dec. 5, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
For indoors I like the Juggs as it doesn't take up too much room. If you are adventurous I use the Wheeler Dealer outdoors without a net.
Dec. 5, 2007
nae21
1 posts
I have a solohitter, It works well and is easy to set up and take down, I use mine in the garage.
Dec. 5, 2007
santo
Men's 55
41 posts
You can do many other exercises (in your Cellar or basement as we say in Chicago) during the off-season to increase your bat speed without working on the timing of your swing. Most Pro-ball players have an off-season workout that is quite different from what they do during the season. To me, who just finished shoveling 6 inches of snow off a very long driveway, timing is more imortant as you get closer to opening day. Now is the time to build back the muscle that was lost playing softball all summer. Its also a good time to heal. Get as strong as you can until about March and then start weening yourself off the weights and focus on the timing. Or, I guess we could move to Florida?????
Dec. 5, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Hey nothing like going out in the nice fresh this morning with air temp 24 degrees bright sun no wind and set up my WD and get out there and hit a few rounds of softballs. Do a few laps in between rounds.

When it snows great exercise going out onto the field and dig the balls out of the snow.

Who wants to go to Fl with temp in 80's and sunny. That's no fun. LOL LOL LOL
Dec. 5, 2007
snowed-in_new_yorker
Men's 50
15 posts
nae21 -- thanks for the reply. tell me more about the SOLOHITTER. is it true that it takes a long time for the ball to go back to a hitting position? I read somewhere that the 300 model was under weighted and it bounced or moved around? do you have the 3000 or 5000 model??
was your price better than $189 plus shipping for the 3000 model? I'd love to ask more questions but have to go back out & fire up the snowblower!
Dec. 5, 2007
Gary33
143 posts
I saw the folks from Miken using a product called a Quick T holds about 12 balls. You would have to hit into a net. It as a good solid base and has adjustable height. Go to Quick T .com
Dec. 6, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Gary 33. I think your link is wrong but I did a search on the name and found it.

It looks pretty good but for the same price you can get a wheeler Dealer which to me is a lot better as you are hitting a moving ball and not a stationery one. It looks like it would take up about the same spaace and would be a lot easier to set up.

The link for the WD is www.athlonic.com and they have a nice video of how it works on their site.
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