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Unique Perspective: First Pitch Pitching Machines
11 Nov, 2014

Unique Perspective: First Pitch Pitching Machines

The First Pitch brand of pitching machine has already put their name at the top of high quality low cost pitching machines. The First Pitch Baseline, Original, XL, and Curveball pitching machines are already the best value in their category. Now First Pitch has added a true entry level pitching machine with the First Pitch Relief Pitcher. This machine is a combination pitching machine that will throw top speeds up to 45 MPH and is capable of being used for defensive work. This machine,...
Unique-Perspective: Heater BaseHit
07 Nov, 2014

Unique-Perspective: Heater BaseHit

The Heater BaseHit by Trend Sports is truly a “starter” pitching machine. At $199 you won’t find another pitching machine that throws real baseballs for less. The Heater BaseHit will only throw at a max speed of 45 MPH and this is from a distance of 46 feet. From this distance, it is equivalent to approximately 60 MPH from regulation distance. This machine is geared for a much younger player (under 12 years of age realistically) and kids this age will throw at distances closer than...
ATEC Rookie: Defensive Drills
03 Nov, 2014

ATEC Rookie: Defensive Drills

The ATEC line of pitching machines is not for everyone. Known as the “Official pitching machine of Major League Baseball” it truly is an advanced machine. ATEC in my opinion has an “advanced machine” price tag on it as well. However, with that price tag you are getting a lot of machine. ATEC machines come with highly advanced technology and offer many features that can take your ball player or team to the next level. I have never used the ATEC Rookie Pitching Machine...
Unique Perspective: Muhl Power Balls
27 Oct, 2014

Unique Perspective: Muhl Power Balls

A product that is being used by some of the top hitting instructors as part of their training lessons is the Muhl Tech Power Balls. These heavy weight training balls are designed to help develop power hitting. They are rubber coated foam balls that are 20 inches in diameter that weigh 1 pound each. Designed to build strength in the forearms and wrists the Muhl Tech Power Balls have proven to increase "ball exit speed" and encourages hitters to enforce strong hip rotation, a major key to...
Unique Perspective: Pocket Radar
24 Oct, 2014

Unique Perspective: Pocket Radar

Unless you throw a 100 MPH fastball, changing speeds as a pitcher is critical. It is amazing how many major league pitchers now throw over 96 MPH, but that is not the point of this article! Hitting is all about balance and pitching is all about unbalancing a hitter. The best way to unbalance a hitter is to change speeds. You can make your 80 MPH high school fastball look 85 MPH if you effectively change speeds. When you unbalance a hitter you will get a lot of swing and misses over the top...
Baseball Equipment Storage
20 Oct, 2014

Baseball Equipment Storage

So you’ve invested a fair amount of time and money in choosing and purchasing your baseball equipment, but now it’s nearing the end of the season. How do you store your sporting equipment when it’s not in use so when you go to use it next season it’s still in great shape and easily usable?Caring for your baseball equipment in the off-season can actually make an impact on how it performs when you need it. Don’t reverse any care and customizing you’ve done for your baseball equipment by...
Heater Sports Products
16 Oct, 2014

Heater Sports Products

The Heater brand of products is known for being an affordable “entry level” product. Trend/Heater provides pitching machines, batting tees, hitting nets, soft toss machines, and a number of other products. Heater products have their place in the market and I caution anyone that is going to purchase a Heater product to make sure they consider what type of usage they will have. If you are a high school level baseball or softball player, purchasing a Heater product is probably not in your...
Basketball Hoop Buying Guide
13 Oct, 2014

Basketball Hoop Buying Guide

When looking for a home basketball system for you and your family, there are some things to consider to be sure you get the best option for your situation. Your family’s enjoyment, safety and development are key factors, possibly more than monetary investment because with this type of sporting equipment you really do get what you pay for.Some factors to consider when deciding on which type of basketball hoop will be best for your family include how much recreational space do you have...
When Should I Buy a Two Wheel Pitching Machine?
10 Oct, 2014

When Should I Buy a Two Wheel Pitching Machine?

Anyone that has researched pitching machines will quickly realize that buying a two wheel pitching machine will almost certainly double your cost from a single wheel pitching machine. I believe you need to do a lot of research on any pitching machine before you purchase one. I think the most important thing is to know what your specific needs are, even more important than the brand or one wheel or two wheels. Some questions you should ask before making a pitching machine purchase in order...
Hitting 101 - The Load and Stride
06 Oct, 2014

Hitting 101 - The Load and Stride

The load of a hitters swing is the transfer of weight to the back leg and the stretch of the hands back. The load is a vital part of the hitters swing; it is the start of the swing that builds up our body’s tension to be released on the baseball.As a hitter, we want to start in our stance fairly balanced. Some hitters like to have the weight distributed on each leg at 50/50, and some hitters actually prefer to have their weight already favored on the back foot 60/40. When the weight transfer...

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