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The Sling Pitcher
Much More Than Just A Pitching Machine
Alan Smith, Calgary, Alberta
(*UPDATED REVIEW FROM AL SMITH) – Today both of our twin grandsons were playing in provincial championship tournaments. Each plays for a different team. They each had won a game and lost a game. They were playing in different cities about 1 hour apart. Both had really good games. In fact each won an MVP award for their play in today’s games. No fooling. I can say with certainty that their play had a great deal to do with the Sling Pitcher. We used the Sling Pitcher for fielding and fly balls as much as for batting. The growth in their confidence is what really stands out for me. The chance to repeat an identical drill produces amazing results and confidence!
Alan Smith, Calgary, Alberta
Thought I would drop you a line to let you know how the new Sling Pitcher and Turret are working out for my twin grandsons. Firstly, they absolutely love it. The set up is so fast and easy that they can do this by themselves.(they are 12 years old) Today we focused on catching fly balls. We did close to 300 repetitions. The change in that short time was remarkable. It was amazing how quickly the confidence levels improved. We even had a few over the shoulder basket catches. No fooling! Your invention is so much more than a pitching machine. We have set up a regimen of drills to improve certain skills. For example tomorrow we will focus on backhand ground balls. What is so great is we can duplicate the exact drill over and over. Confidence soars along with skill. Considering the modest skill level of most well intentioned coaches this invention has the potential to make practice fun and engage parents as well. I will keep in touch and keep you up to date on their progress.
Coach T. Jones., Lafayette Lady Rams
Best Coaching Tool.
I am a high school softball coach in Williamsburg Virginia. I purchased the Sling Pitcher about a year ago after seeing it online. This is the greatest coaching tool that I have in my inventory. It allows me to throw changeups, fastballs, rise balls, drop balls and when I position the ball just right in the sling, curve balls.
From 30-35 ft I use real leather balls (with a protective screen) and the speed is comparable to a player throwing 60. The closeness improves hip/hand speed and eyes. When we are facing players that throw harder I back up the Pitcher and use whiffle or tennis balls. They produce speeds above 65mph with movement. My players hated it at first, but by the end of the season they were more consistent with putting the ball in play.
I also use the Sling Pitcher for fielding practice, both outfield and infield. I had labrum shoulder surgery a few years ago and I can’t hit fungo consistently without pain. The Pitcher allows me to put the ball where I want it every time. I can make the ball tail off in either direction, short bloopers, line drives, grounders, it doesn’t matter. This thing does it all.
I recommend every coach should have one of these in there coaching inventory. It easier to carry than a pitching machine and more versatile. Oh, and it won’t break the $300 bat someone’s parent just purchased.
Coach Pete Dias. Four time coach of the year. Multiple championships and coaching experience from Little League through high school and American Legion Baseball., Middleton High School, Middleton, Idaho
Over the years, I have had much success and many of my former players have gone on to play college baseball. The Sling Pitcher is a valuable tool. Not only can it be used for batting practice, but it is very adaptable and useful for defensive drills as well. I’ve used it at all age levels to help players hone their skills. EVERY Little League or youth coach should have one.
Coach Mauro R. Lerma, Hanna High School, Brownsville, Texas
We use two Sling Pitchers throughout our daily workout, one in our hitting stations and the other for defensive drills. For hitting, we use real softballs, perforated plastic balls, small balls, and softball size nerf balls. We use it for outfield and infield drills; fly balls, line drives, Texas leaguers, grounders, and over the shoulder catches. With the attachable Turret, we can hit to all areas of the field; left, right, shallow, and deep. In the infield using the Turret, we use it for grounders, line drives, in the gap drills, pop-ups, and communication drills for the infield/outfielders on shallow outfield fly balls. It is also perfect for catching blocking drills, shifting of the body drills, and excellent for pop-ups to the catcher.
We use both Sling Pitchers in the gym during inclement weather. This past season it rained quite a bit. With the use of two Sling Pitchers, it allows us to do a complete team BP, hitting (high speed) perforated plastic balls, in a very short time. The girls have really enjoyed the Sling Pitcher. Now in bad weather we can still do our full hitting drills without having to adjust and simulate drills.
The Sling Pitcher has been a tremendous asset to the softball program. We will continue to use it as a great teaching tool and as a pre-game hitting workout before games.
The Sling Pitcher is the best pitching and training machine on the market today, AT ANY PRICE!!!
The Sling Pitcher is a manually operated pitching and training machine that is designed for softball or baseball. Weighing only 16 pounds, it is easily transported and stored. It sets up in less than a minute from a convenient carry bag, and can throw regulation baseballs and softballs to 70 & 50 mph, respectively. And the Sling Pitcher does not damage any ball. The Sling Pitcher allows the operator to throw any pitch at any speed and in any location in the zone at any time, allowing the coach to work on a hitter’s weaknesses. The Sling Pitcher works equally well with either baseballs or softballs, with no modification of equipment required.
Much More Than Just A Pitching Machine. It takes only seconds to convert the Sling Pitcher from a pitching machine to an effective fly ball machine, simply by inserting the Fly Ball Arms that are included with every Sling Pitcher. The Sling Pitcher can throw regulation baseballs to well over 150 feet, and softballs to over 125
Featured Pitches of the Sling Pitcher
The most effective pitch in youth baseball or softball is the Change-Up. It is thrown with the Sling Pitcher simply by reducing the pull on the ball and adjusting the release point. Breaking balls, risers and drops balls can be thrown by adjusting the ball in the pouch to produce various spins. However, the ability to vary the speed and location of every pitch, allowing coaches to teach players to recognize and adjust to these pitches, is what makes the Sling Pitcher the best pitching and training machine on the market.
The Value of the Lightweight Practice Balls With the ability to throw the light weight perforated plastic balls accurately into the 80s, the Sling Pitcher is extremely effective for indoor use during inclement weather, or when practice space is limited, as when on the road at away games. It will also throw the foam or tennis balls. A coach can go through a whole team in 30 minutes, giving every player a great warm-up session. Teams even use the Sling Pitcher on the side lines during games or between innings to help players adjust to a faster pitcher.
The Optional Sling Turret The Sling Turret is an optional swivel base that locks beneath the Sling Pitcher to provide instant rotation of the pitching machine to any part of the field. It is most effective when throwing fly balls to outfielders, allowing the operator to lead fielders or to switch to different field locations.
The Optional Sling Guard Protective Shield The Sling Guard is a protective shield that works in conjunction with the Sling Pitcher pitching machine to protect the operator from returned balls. Built with a steel frame, heavy nylon reinforced vinyl and urethane window and flap door, the Guard is light weight, (25 pounds) and also breaks down into a convenient carry bag. It sets up in about 5 minutes.
Catcher Training Tool/First Base Digs
Catcher Training Tool/First Base Digs With the ability to simulate the wild pitch, the Sling Pitcher is an extremely effective tool for teaching catchers to move and block. Light weight balls can be used for younger or less confident catchers until they learn to trust their equipment. The same concept is used for teaching the scoop catch or first base digs.
The Sling Pitcher is the Best Value on the Market The Sling Pitcher cost a fraction of powered machines that are far less effective and much less convenient to set up or transport. Seeing a team improvement in batting averages by as much as 50 to 100 points in not unusual. The Sling Pitcher can be ordered alone (Each Sling Pitcher comes with the Fly Ball Arms, an assortment of light weight practice balls, an extra set of elastics, an operation manual, and a carry bag) or as a combination package with the Sling Guard and/or the Sling Turret. Teams can own multiple Sling Pitchers for less than the cost of single power wheeled machine.With the ability to simulate the wild pitch, the Sling Pitcher is an extremely effective tool for teaching catchers to move and block. Light weight balls can be used for younger or less confident catchers until they learn to trust their equipment. The same concept is used for teaching the scoop catch or first base digs.
The Sling Pitcher is the Best Value on the Market The Sling Pitcher cost a fraction of powered machines that are far less effective and much less convenient to set up or transport. Seeing a team improvement in batting averages by as much as 50 to 100 points in not unusual. The Sling Pitcher can be ordered alone (Each Sling Pitcher comes with the Fly Ball Arms, an assortment of light weight practice balls, an extra set of elastics, an operation manual, and a carry bag) or as a combination package with the Sling Guard and/or the Sling Turret. Teams can own multiple Sling Pitchers for less than the cost of single power wheeled machine.