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Pitching Machine Baseballs

Pitching Machine Baseballs and Softballs for Sale

Why You Need Pitching Machine Baseballs for your Pitching Machine

The ball you choose for your pitching machine can greatly impact both the longevity of your machine and the quality of batting practice.

If you already have a pitching machine, you should only buy and use pitching machine baseballs that your machine is designed to pitch. 

To make the differences clear, we made this pitching machine ball guide with the pros and cons of different pitching machine baseballs and softballs, so you can make an informed purchase.

Get More Performance Out of Your Pitching Machine

No matter which pitching machine you are using, the truth is that you will invariably get better performance with pitching machine rated balls. Whether you're using dimpled balls or leather baseballs, you'll get more consistency and faster speeds out of the machine. 

Sometimes customers will complain that a pitching machine is not as accurate or fast as it was advertised, and when we investigate into the issue, it is usually because they are using the wrong type of ball. In this case, we recommend they use either dimpled balls or pitching machine baseballs.

Get More Longevity out of Your Pitching Machine

Using the wrong type of ball can damage your pitching machine and cut its lifespan short. Generally speaking, this is true with the more inexpensive, one wheel machines. These machines are especially sensitive to the type of pitching machine ball used. 

If you try to use regular baseballs on even the highest quality machines, you may just notice that the pitching machine wheels will get marked up and damaged, and that the baseball itself will get damaged eventually. The same is true with softballs and softball pitching machines.

Benefits of Pitching Machine Baseballs and Softballs

  • Get more accuracy and strike consistency
  • Attain faster pitch speeds
  • Reduces wear and tear on machine
  • Increases longevity and lifespan of machine
  • Increase overall efficiency of your next batting practice!

Now that we know why using the correct pitching machine baseballs is so important, let's look at the different type of balls to choose from.

Dimpled Pitching Machine Balls

Dimpled pitching machine balls get their name from the many dimples in the ball. These balls have dimples all around them in a uniform pattern, making them more accurate and consistent than any other kind of ball. Dimpled pitching machine balls are specifically designed for a variety of machines and look more like an enlarged golf ball than a regulation baseball.

Due to its unique design, it is a top-of-the-line pitching machine ball that will increase the longevity of your machine and quality of your batting practice. 

Pros of Dimpled Baseballs for Pitching Machines:

  • Uniform design around the whole ball designed for pitching machines 
  • Does not damage pitching machine wheels
  • Deliver a consistent pitch location and velocity
  • Works great with baseball pitching machines and softball pitching machines

  • Balls last longer

  • Will not dent aluminum bats

Cons of Dimpled Balls:

  • Not as realistic feeling as regulation balls 
  • Do not have the same dink sound and feel when hit by a bat
  • Harder to throw breaking balls and breaking pitches 

Best Dimpled Pitching Machine Balls


Heater Sports Dimpled Pitching Machine Baseballs

  • Works great with any baseball pitching machine 
  • Great quality made to last
  • Yellow color makes it easy for the batter to see
  • One year manufacturer's warranty 
  • FREE shipping


Heater Sports 12" Dimpled Softball Pitching Machine Balls

  • Made with durable polyurethane
  • Works with any softball pitching machine 
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty
  • Dimpled design pitches consistent strikes
  • 11" softball option available 



Pitching Machine Baseballs (Low Profile Seams)

Leather pitching machine baseballs look very similar to a regulation baseball, but their low-profile seam is designed to reduce wear and tear on your baseball pitching machine. These balls are favored by some players and coaches as they provide a feel more familiar to a real game.



Pros of pitching machine Baseballs:

  • Looks and feels exactly the same as a regulation baseball
  • Low seam design reduces damage on the wheel of the pitching machine 
  • Overall more realistic feel
  • Can throw breaking balls better than dimpled balls

Cons of pitching machine baseballs:

  • Less consistent pitch location and variable velocity
  • May not work with some pitching machines
  • High price point

Best Pitching Machine Baseballs

Sports Attack Kevlar Pitching Machine Balls 

  • 9" leather baseballs
  • Low profile seam design increases life of ball and pitching machine
  • Kevlar stitching with cork center 
  • Works great with any baseball pitching machine
  • Feels the same as a regulation baseball

Heater Sports Leather Balls for Baseball Pitching Machines

  • Works great with any baseball pitching machine 
  • Durable kevlar seams 
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty 
  • Simulates real game scenario and feel
  • Throw realistic breaking balls

    Lite Balls for Pitching Machines 

    Lite balls are exactly the same size as baseballs at a lighter weight, and they have dimpled designs that are fit for specific purposes. The three types of lite ball are soft, hard, and slider simulated.

    As the name suggests, soft lite balls are softer than traditional baseballs and will travel at half the speed of a hard lite ball. Coaches use this ball when they want to focus on training a hitter’s hand-eye coordination.

    Hard lite balls will pitch at higher speeds and have an accurate pitch due to their dimpled design. They have many of the same benefits of a soft lite ball, but coaches can use them at higher levels

    Slider lite balls were designed for Slider pitching machines and can accurately pitch curveballs and sliders. The low-profile design reduces the spin on the ball from the machine giving hitter practice with randomly placed curveballs and sliders. 

    Mini Balls for Pitching Machines

    At the size of golf balls, mini balls are designed to give players a more difficult batting practice to hone in on their hand-eye coordination. The thinking goes that if a player can consistently make contact with a smaller ball, they will have an easier time in games with a regulation ball.

    Softball Pitching Machine Balls

    Similar to baseball, softball coaches can use a variety of balls based on their pitching machine.

    First pitching machine softballs come in two sizes, 11 or 12-inch.  11-inch softballs can be pitched faster and the small size trains players’ hand-eye coordination.

    Pitching machine softballs also come in a lite or regulation weight. The lite softballs are designed to be pitched faster while regulation or “real” pitching machine softballs best simulate the feel of a game-day softball.

    Tips for Pitching Machine Baseballs and Softballs

    • Don't mix one brand of pitching machine balls with another brand, keep the balls the same for consistency.
    • Don't mix old and used pitching machine balls with new ones. This will cause inconsistencies with pitch speed and location. 
    • Don't mix dimpled balls with leather or kevlar baseballs, this will also cause inconsistencies. 
    • When using baseballs, feed the ball into the machine with the seams in the same general location if possible. 
    • If balls are damp, be sure to dry them off before putting them into the machine. 

    Final Words

    This summarizes the main types of pitching machine balls on the market. As you can see, just throwing any ball in a machine is not advisable as different machines are equipped to handle certain types of ball.

    Overall, an important rule of thumb is to be consistent with your pitching machine ball choice. Do not combine many different types of ball into a machine as this can increase wear and tear. This will add to the longevity of your machine and give you better results during your batting practice.

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