Pitching Machines - Louisville vs Pitching Pro
My younger brother uses the Louisville Blue Flame Pitching Machine, to practice for baseball. Upon its purchase, I immediately tried using it with a WIFFLE ball.
After minor tweaking, the Blue Flame was hurling WIFFLE balls, and with some accuracy too!
Pros: No electronic parts allows for use practically anywhere. Pitch speed and location easily altered, by adjusting the height and spring's tension.
Built well, lasts a long time.
Cons: Can't take BP alone, it's a 2 man operation.
Takes frequent adjustments to maintain accuracy.
The beauty of this device is its simplicity. It works best with baseballs, but WIFFLE balls can be used.
To be honest, a friend throwing BP is cheaper and just as effective a tool as the Blue Flame.
Proper care must be taken to ensure longevity. Overcharging the battery or storing the device outside will damage the Personal Pitcher.
Pros: Automatic ball feeder allows for 1 person BP.
Hitting the small (golf) balls increases hand/eye coordination. Can be adjusted to throw numerous speeds and pitches.
Cons: I've only owned 1 of these, and it broke within the first 3 months of use. One of the two spinning rotors, which launches the ball, had expanded and detached. The company said I couldn't get a refund, because I threw away the box, (which was the warranty!)
This Machine is perfect for the WIFFLE ball player. But, because of its high price and short life span, I recommend using a friends. If you decide to buy one, its a great practice tool; just remember to keep the box.
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