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.