Discount Zooka ZS720 Pitching Machine
The "little brother" of the Zooka ZS740, the Zooka ZS720 pitching machine has all of the same incredible features; it just doesn't throw quite as fast or shoot fly balls quite as high. At only 25 pounds (less than 30 pounds including the tripod stand) it's so lightweight, you can throw your bat bag over one shoulder, grab the pitching machine with one hand and the stand with the other. One trip from the car to the field. Imagine that?
There's no need to deal with the hassle of power cords or gas generators; either, the Zooka ZS720 runs off a 12 volt, internal rechargeable battery that has plenty of juice to get through even the longest of practices. It'll throw 800 balls at 40 MPH and 700 balls at 50 MPH. Even at its fastest speed, that's 35 cuts at the plate for 20 batters. If that's not enough, grab a backup Zooka external battery - you can attach it to the pitching machine without even having to remove the internal battery and get twice as many pitches in (surely 1,400 to 1,600 throws is enough!).
No pitching machine even remotely close in price and with the features of the Zooka ZS720 pitching machine can throw 50 miles per hour! 50 miles per hour is the top speed that most little league pitchers can pitch and is certainly faster than most coaches throw pitches during batting practice. If you are using it at home in a relatively short batting cage, it will seem much faster than that! Need to simulate an even faster pitch? Move the machine ten feet closer to the plate and it will seem like a 50 MPH pitch is arriving to the plate at 60 MPH. Move it another 10 feet closer, and it seems like the pitch is going 75 MPH. (To calculate the relative speed difference, divide the regulation distance by the smaller distance and multiply that number by the pitch speed.)
Because it uses compressed air instead of wheels to launch pitches, the Zooka ZS720 can throw regulation baseballs without harming the balls or the machine. Regular baseballs tear up the wheels of ordinary pitching machines, meaning frequent, costly wheel replacements. Keeping the wheels perfectly in balance on an ordinary pitching machine is always a bit of a challenge, too. That's not a problem with a Zooka pitching machine - they're virtually maintenance free!
The Zooka ZS720 pitching machine only needs a brief 5-7 second rest between pitches and it's ready to fire another one. A digital readout on the Zooka ZS720 pitching machine tells you the speed of every pitch and it can be programmed to throw fastballs and changeups at random speeds, too - just like in a real game. Just pre-set up to three speeds and let the Zooka ZS720 keep the batters guessing! Safety features are built into all Zooka pitching machines, too. It automatically shuts down if idle for ten minutes and features a security code so that only responsible adults who know the code can turn the pitching machine on.
Zooka pitching machines are also the safest pitching machines made. There are no wheels for little fingers to get caught in and the digital interface can be password protected so that only people who know the password can turn the pitching machine on.
Zooka pitching machines aren't just for hitters, either. The easy tilt and swivel tripod stand allows you to quickly adjust the machine to throw grounders, flyballs and even major league style 12 story high pop-ups! When you get done with it on the baseball field, toss it in the car, grab your racket and head for the tennis court. Not only can it throw real baseballs, dimple balls and lite balls, but it's a tennis ball machine, too!
PLEASE NOTE: For pinpoint accuracy to within an inch or two, use dimple balls. For realistic game-type pitching, switch to real baseballs and the seams of the ball will cause pitches to scatter all over the strike zone.
Although the Zooka ZS720 cannot throw softballs, plenty of softball teams use it for practice. Once you get used to hitting something the size of a baseball, a softball looks HUGE coming at you in a game! The Zooka ZS720 is available with either long legs or short legs. People using it for softball or for really young players especially like the the shorter leg version of the machine. The long legs provide a pitch release height of 43 inches; the short legs have a release height of 24 inches.
For the ultimate in convenient solo training or to give the coach an opportunity to give instructions at the plate, consider purchasing a Zooka Autoloader. It takes it's instructions from the pitching machine, feeding pitches approximately every 7 seconds. It holds 16 baseballs or 18 tennis balls which'll give you plenty of good cuts before it's time to reload!
The Zooka ZS720 is also very well made. It features a thick steel chassis, a high impact polycarbonate housing and a high-strength aluminum alloy barrel and tripod. Zooka is so confident you will love this machine, they offer a 30 day money back guarantee along with a one year warranty.