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The JUGS Soft Toss Machine is the perfect training tool for baseball and softball players of all levels. Generally used by pitching machine leagues, youth leagues, high schools, and colleges, this machine holds up to 14 baseballs or 10 softballs. Furthermore, with a weight of just 13 pounds, it’s easy to transport and store. Due to its compact size, it’s the perfect machine for small spaces like backyards, gyms, basements, or garages.
Not only is it convenient to use, but it also requires no electricity thanks to its internal rechargeable battery (included). The machine runs for up to 8 hours continuously, making it perfect for both individual and team training sessions. Additionally, the Soft Toss Machine is an excellent tool for offensive and defensive drills, helping players develop their eye-hand coordination and quick bat. Whether you’re looking to improve your swing or sharpen your fielding skills, the JUGS Soft Toss Machine is a must-have for any serious baseball or softball player.
To get the most out of your machine, use the balls suggested by the manufacturer. In this case, the manufacturer suggests the following:
11″ or 12″ Softballs or Baseballs
JUGS LeatherLast Softballs
JUGS Sting-Free balls
JUGS Lite-Flite balls
JUGS Softie balls
JUGS Bulldog polyballs
Pitching machines are not made to be used with regulation balls, even though many machines can throw these balls. However, regulation balls are not made for machine compatibility and will wear down not only your machines but also your balls.
Toss Machine for Baseball and Softball
Essentials of Hitting: Backside
Toss Machine in Action
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This is the style by which the pitch is thrown. “Wheel design” machines either uses 1, 2, or 3 spinning wheels to propel the ball. Generally the more wheels, the wider variety of pitches that machine can throw, such as curves, sliders, forkballs etc. “Arm-action” machines from the Master Pitch company use a steel arm which rotates around to hurl the ball. The advantage of these machines is the batter’s ability to see the ball for a longer period of time, and work on timing as it’s released from the arm.
The draw-back of arm-action machines is that they can only throw fastballs, no “junk” pitches.
Wheel machines help batters practice their timing. To ensure more time between ball release and pitch, choose a machine with a long and highly visible “entry chute.” Then, the operator releases the ball and the machine throws it.
To find the right machine for practice, look for one that can throw different ball types, like synthetic PVC, dimpled, and leather. Leather balls are ideal for experienced batters, while dimpled balls are safer for young, inexperienced players and work well in practice environments.
Always use balls suggested by the manufacturer or ask for their referral on the best ball to use with their machines. The manufacturer calibrates the machine to pitch a specific density ball at maximum speed and performance, so it’s crucial to follow their advice. Here are the recommendations for the machines we carry:
Another key point – NEVER use regulation balls as they wear down not only the machines but also the balls. When a machine states it throws real balls, they mean it feels, sounds, and reacts like a real game ball.
Read more about pitching machine balls.
All machines ship direct from the manufacturer. This maintains your full warranty, and keeps shipping costs low.
Most manufacturers keep a full supply in stock at all times, but there are periods when they are back-ordered. Just check with us or one of the manufacturers – if they have it in stock, then so do we.
This depends on the machine, but most machines with exception of Iron Mikes can ship via Common Carrier (UPS or Fedex), so average about 20% of the product cost. Iron Mike machines ship Motor Freight and shipping to a business is cheaper than a residence. Just check with us for a quote.