Pitch selection couldn't be easier! The iPitch® digital control panel has settings for pitch speed, spin direction and spin amount. The actual pitch speed is set directly, as opposed to setting individual wheel speeds on competing models. This machine does the math for you! Spin direction is set to one of 12 directions, laid out like a clock face, as indicated by an LED. Spin amount is also set as none (for knuckleballs), low, medium or high. This system yields a total of 37 different pitches available at any speed from 40 mph - 100 mph. There's even speed correction built in for softball use.
With the iPitch® control panel, geared crank wheels and oversized transport wheels, this machine makes batting practice easy. The three wheel design provides better ball visibility, better accuracy, and throws the nastiest breaking pitches you've ever seen.
Top Quality Motors - Our industrial grade, American made motors feature oversized, hardened stainless steel shafts to ensure a long life. And unlike competing machines, our motors are protected by the 1/4" steel frame, not exposed to batted balls. With their machines, one line drive can cost you up to $400 in repairs.
Better Wheels - Rawling's solid wheels feature a urethane tread that is a full 1" thick for lower shock loads and almost instant speed recovery. Our competitors' profiled wheel tread is only 3/8" thick at the center, causing a much higher shock load on the motor shafts, and requiring a self reported 8 seconds recovery time with real baseballs. Pneumatic wheels are almost impossible to keep balanced because they change shape at high speed from centrifugal force. As the speed increases, the unbalanced rubber tire expands, but the balance weights mounted on the steel wheel can't move, so the wheels become unbalanced. They can also leak air and gloss over from use, reducing grip and therefore accuracy and speed.
Three Sports with One Machine - These machines can be used for baseball, softball and cricket. The only differences between the machines are the interchangeable legs and ball feeder ramps. Single use machines can easily be upgraded to combination machines later by purchasing the appropriate upgrade kit. Motors are mounted on slots to allow for major adjustments between baseball and softball use, as well as for minor corrections for wheel tread wear and ball hardness. Three optional leg heights provide a realistic release point for any player: 32" for softball, 60" for baseball and 73" for baseball-XL or cricket.
Throw Any Pitch from Any Angle - A thrown ball curves in the direction of its spin. The faster the spin, the more it curves. Fastballs have backspin, which cause them to rise, or at least fall slower than they otherwise would. Sinkers and curves have topspin, causing them to drop. Knuckleballs ideally have no spin at all and move randomly. When you set the spin angle and amount on the control panel, and the machine automatically adjusts the wheel speeds to spin the ball in any direction to simulate virtually any pitch.
“Simply put, Spinball makes the best machines we have ever used. They are extremely accurate, light but sturdy, and easy to maneuver by one person. I started using Spinball two wheel machines at Appalachian State in 2011 and we have continued using them to this day at Duke University. We incorporate our Spinball machine into every practice. I have used both the two wheel and three wheel machines and can strongly recommend both!”
“The Kaskaskia Softball team purchased a Spinball 2 wheel pitching machine this fall to help with our hitting. Every year I have players that cannot either hit the faster pitches at the college level, or the slower changeup speeds. The Spinball 2 wheel has the power to throw different pitches such as the curve, drop, fast, and change. This allows my team to work on these pitches so they are ready for game day. We use the Spinball all year round in our indoor batting cages and outside on our field. The Spinball is light, so we are able to transport the machine to where our needs may be at that time. I recommend Spinball for any age team.”