Is the Sandlot Slugger worth the extra $$?
This machine appears to be a faster throwing personal pitcher. It appears to have all the benefits of the personal pitcher, is the extra speed worth the extra money? About 40 dollars is the difference.
(also, this came in almost at the same time from Nicholas from MA):
I'm interested in two small golf ball size wiffle ball pitching machines (Personal Pitcher PRO, Sandlot Slugger). They're very similar and competitive - wondered if you know of any performance reviews comparing these two units.
I've recently been informed by SL Slugger, that they're field testing a new modification to enable unit to throw true curveball in addition to fastballs(like the PP Pro).
(please note: Nicholas added a good comment to this post, so please check it out below...)
Swing Smarter Response:
Great question Dan, you are the second person in as many days to ask about which whiffle ball training aid was better.
The major differences are: the Sandlot Slugger can spit out golf whiffles at speeds of up to 70mph (PPP goes up to 55mph), 7 hour battery life (PPP has 4 hours), and carries 100+ whiffles (the PPP carries exactly 100).
The question is: Is the Sandlot Slugger worth the extra $40 or so?
To answer this question, I'm going to use a quote from Sandlot Slugger's website:
"Why NOT Choose the Competition?
Point number 1
- Top speed well under 60 MPH - lucky to hit 50 MPH with a good tail wind,
- Cheap Chinese balls,
- Ball feeder holds about 70 balls, depending on how big a pile you build,
- No handle, and
- Very flimsy tripod"
: we can simulate faster pitch speed and hitter reaction time by just closing the distance between the batter and the machine...see how in this Swing Smarter reader post
.Point number 2
: about using cheap Chinese whiffle balls, okay, are we going to save a ton of money switching to made in the USA whiffles? Regardless of where they're made, plastic will break at some point. Are we, in the USA, really using better "plastic" than in China?Point number 3
: should we be letting our kids hit over 100+ whiffles in one sitting? Of course not. Smarter Swings should be based on quality, NOT quantity. It's like "6 Minute Abs." Why not make "5 Minute Abs?" Is one extra minute going to make a huge difference? People are going to over eat anyway. A ball feeder holding 70 is plenty...adding more is just putting off when the hitter must clean up his/her mess anyway.Point number 4
: who cares if it doesn't have a handle?? Really, these things weigh about 7 pounds, a 2-year-old can lift it.Point number 5
: the buyer can use their own camera tripod, no big deal. Tripods are what, like, $15?
UPDATE!! After more extensive research about the Sandlot Slugger v. The Personal Pitcher Pro debate, we're confident in our successful challenge to replace the PPP with the SLS in The Starting Lineup
. To read why CLICK HERE
Thanks so much for this awesome submission, I hope my response helped. Good luck this upcoming baseball season!