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Pitching Machine VS Live Pitching – Which Is Better? — 9 Comments

  1. Great article Jeremy. I never considered using a pitching machine for youth practice. Does it ever malfunction and accidentally throw at a kid? Just a thought haha.

    • Hey Bryan! A pitching machine for youth practice, or any batting practice, is a great tool. I have seen big improvements with all of my kids. Once in a great while you will get a pitch a little out of the zone, but nothing compared to me after a couple hundred pitches. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you need a hand with anything. ~Jeremy

  2. i completely agree!
    pitching machines are great for starting, but you can’t ignore the whole human element if you want to be ready for the real thing

    • Hey Eitan! I try to mix up batting practice with the machine and live pitching. I like to keep them on their toes. I try to give them as much live pitching as possible and the addition of the pitching machine has produced big improvements. Thanks for dropping by. ~Jeremy

  3. Hello Jeremy and thanks for a really interesting site. We’re not big on baseball here in the UK, but I remember playing it at school, where I must admit I was a bit ‘lightweight’. I think a pitching machine would’ve been perfect for me as it would’ve helped me to overcome my fear of the ball. It’s a bit too late now though!

  4. One thing I would like to add is that with a pitching machine, kids will see 2-3 times more pitches as coaches can feed balls rapidly with less time wasted. This will make practices more efficient with more swings per kid/per practice. I do believe that live arm in combination with a pitching machine will provide the best results! I’ve also witnessed this in travel softball, where a team my daughter played for, did both machine (to replicate the speeds of the fastest pitchers they would encounter at a tournament) and live arm (to prepare for “real-world” movement and to build courage of facing a real pitcher.)

    If I had to choose one or the other, that would depend. Since I am not the best “human” pitching machine, then I would go with a machine, personally. If I could pitch for the boys effectively , then I would save the money and pitch myself. But since all my children play either softball or baseball, and my machine can throw both types of balls, the pitching machine was a great investment in my opinion!

    • Hey Rich!
      I agree 100%. With the pitching machine, we can usually get through the whole team twice in one practice.

      I like to alternate with the machine. While I love building confidence with young hitters through the consistency that a pitching machine provides, I also love showing them the Occasional wild pitch, just to keep ’em on their toes. 🙂

      When it comes to pitching machine vs live pitching, my advice is to incorporate both into each batting practice. This is what has produced the best results for me over the years.

      That’s awesome that you got a machine that throws both softballs and baseballs. I am in the same situation with 3 boys playing baseball and my daughter playing softball. We went with the Jugs Lite-Flite because it throws both and we had a lot of experience with that machine before making the purchase. That’s why we make it our top rated machine.

      Which machine did you get? I would love to hear what you do and don’t like about it and to see if it’s one we have used before.
      Thanks for stopping by and hope to hear from you again soon. ~Jeremy

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