Re: Re: Re: Pitching Machines
> > > OK Folks...I need some help. I just bought an original Curvemaster pitching machine. It has some surface rust and it is in great working condition. The machine has some weathering to it with the rims being rusty and the tires show drying out. I may be needing tires in the near future. Where can I get replacement tires and rims?Or, will Juggs tires and rims fit? Thanks in advance
> > Update??
Pitching machines do serve some purposes if used in combination to live pitching. The speed can be set so that it is throwing at the speed of a live game. This helps for timing and reduces the intimidation factor against fast pitchers. The pitching machine will throw the same pitch over and over again which can help a player learn how to hit a certain pitch (curve or slider or even a change). Though not like a real game seeing the movement of the ball will help teach a batter to swing to where the ball is going as it moves.
Just a note if pitching machines are so bad why do all major league clubs have them in their facilities? Used correctly they serve a purpose just like soft toss, tees, and live pitching. They are a tool not a crutch.
> Dear Crow,
> I know some people might not agree with me on this one, but in my opinion hitting off a pitching machine is not a good way to practice hitting a pitched baseball. You have no way to time it like when you are batting against a real pitcher. So by not being able to get into a rhythm and practice timing you will be ingraining improper motor patterns. Having such a big difference than an actual live pitcher will eventually (if not right away) cause the hitter to have bad swing mechanics. If you need to practice swinging then use a tee or soft toss. If you need to work on hitting a live ball then have someone throw to you. Having a live pitcher is much much better than a pitching machine with no arm action or release point to guage.
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