Discount Zooka ZS740 Pitching Machine
If you asked coaches to dream up the perfect pitching machine, I don't know if they could have come up with anything as outstanding as the Zooka ZS740 pitching machine. 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 ZS740 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, 700 balls at 50 MPH and 500 balls at 70 MPH. Even at its fastest speed, that's 25 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 1,000 to 1,600 throws is enough!).
No pitching machine even remotely close in price and with the features of the Zooka ZS740 pitching machine can throw 70 miles per hour! 70 miles per hour is faster than any batting practice pitcher will ever throw at any level of the game and is certainly fast enough to match the pitching speed of most high school pitchers. Need to simulate an even faster pitch? Move the machine ten feet closer to the plate and it will seem like a 70 MPH pitch is arriving to the plate at 84 MPH. Move it just another 5 feet close, and it seems like the pitch is going 93 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 ZS740 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 ZS740 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 ZS740 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 ZS740 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, fly balls 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 the best accuracy, 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 ZS740 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 ZS740 is available with either long legs or short legs. People using it for softball or for really young players especially like the the shorter legged 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 ZS740 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.
Check out the Zooka ZS740 in action, below: