The different elements of baseball training and skill perfection are numerous and intricate at times. However, one of the simplest steps is to get a batting cage. Batting cages not only provide the feel of being in a proper game during practice, but significantly reduce wasted time running to retrieve balls. Batting cages come in many different shapes, sizes and quality and since this is an investment, whether renting time or purchasing, paying for these cages should be made with all the proper information.
Although it may not seem like that much of a hindrance, the time taken to retrieve balls not only reduces practice time, but is very likely to break focus from practice. The most basic consideration when choosing batting cages is the size; more skilled or professional players require larger batting cages, whereas the more novice the player a smaller cage may just do the trick, particularly when using lite balls. Another consideration is the material that the cage is made of; if longevity is a prime concern than a player should ultimately opt for aluminum piping with PV netting rather than nylon. One downside to selecting a batting cage using nylon material is that nylon is suited for indoor usage, due to the susceptibility of this material to mildew when exposed to outside moisture. All of Pitching Machine Pro’s nets are PV, specially treated for UV protection and maximum life.
The material is, of course, only a consideration if purchasing a net is the option a player is going for. Likely if it is a team that is considering the use of a batting cage, it may be more economically feasible and far more convenient to purchase it outright than to rent batting time. In addition, the team could very well charge outside parties to use the cage when there are no practices.
Although batting cages improve a players’ game, there is a certain amount of risk if the cage that one chooses is too restrictive. Some players have significant issues playing in open air after practicing in a batting cage whose net is too restrictive. The netting should be dense enough to not allow balls to exit but open enough so the batter does not find the batting environment too confining.
Purchasing or renting space in batting cages is a quick and easy way to vastly improve one’s technique speed, and confidence. When purchasing a net it is best to look for durable materials that provide an open setting and minimal color distraction. When purchasing a batting cage it is best to consult a company who is also well versed in other baseball related training tools. Pitching Machine Pro not only deals with various types of netting, but pitching machines from every major manufacturer. Contact one of our professionals today to talk about your batting cage needs.