Get closer

Is the top speed not enough? Or perhaps you would like to give those reflexes a super sharpening?

The answer is simple: bring the Striker pitching machine closer to the batter. The result is that the batter has less time to react; less time to react has the same effect as a faster ball. Also, the ball has travelled through less air and thus the speed at which it passes at the batter is faster. Simply put, closer equals faster with less time to react.


“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”– Doug Williams

Tennis balls are best balls

Air resistance influences high speed objects pretty heavily. It follows that using objects with less surface area will increase the speed of the projectiles. The same applies with the balls that you launch from your pitching machine. I have found that tennis balls are the ideal balls to bat with if you need speed. Not only do tennis balls shorten the batting reaction time (due to high speed), but they are soft and are safer for both machine operator and batter.

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”– Derek Jeter

Constant ball, constant pitch

At batting is best to have moderately consistent balls – you do not want to have the ball so constant that you can eventually hit the ball with your eyes closed, neither do you wish for a ball that is hardly reachable at best. The trick to having constant balls is having identical balls, preferably the same brand and model. The reason why balls tend to be inconstant when they are different is that a ball with a larger diameter or weight, be it ever so slightly, will be fired with a lower projection than that of a ball with a larger diameter. Use the same brand for better consistency or mix them up for variance.

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”– Paul “Bear” Bryant

Using the Striker pitching machine for air balls

The fact is that fly-balls are a perfect way to get an out, but to get that out the fielders need to practice catching these balls. Unfortunately, batting hundreds of such balls at practice is hard work. Striker to the rescue! To fire air-balls with a Striker pitching machine is a breeze.

All you have to do is put the striker machine on its maximum height setting (adjuster bolt as far out as possible and trigger-pen as low down as possible without letting the ball roll back) and point it in the direction of the trainee.

For extra randomness, do not hammer the stabilising pin into the ground.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”– John Wooden