In the beginning, radar guns had their place… hidden behind a bush off the side of the highway trying to catch the red Mustang doing 95. It wasn’t until the mid-1970’s that radar guns made their way into the ball parks. Ever since, they’ve proven to be popular tools for baseball players, coaches, and scouts. And there’s good reason for it. Radar guns provide the most accurate, unbiased performance feedback for throwing, hitting, and pitching velocities.
Over the years, many radar guns from various manufacturers have strived for one thing: accuracy. A radar gun that doesn’t read the correct speed is like a glove with a hole in it. It’s safe to say that after 40 years of product testing and advanced engineering that the top companies have a firm grip on the accuracy issues. However, from a design standpoint, there is only one radar gun that leaves the others in the dust, and it’s called the Pocket Radar.
Unlike all big and bulky radar guns, the award-winning Pocket Radar is the first radar gun you can actually fit in your pocket. Instead of resembling the shape and grip of a gun, the Pocket Radar is more like a cell phone. It’s very discreet, at a great price, and it’s just as accurate as some of the most expensive radar guns on the market (+/- 1 mph). From a scouting standpoint, it can be problematic to have a standard radar gun pointed at a kid on the mound. If a younger player sees that he’s being clocked, he’s much more likely to try to throw harder than he actually can, which can result in a poor performance or an arm injury. The discretion of the Pocket Radar is a unique and invaluable feature for scouts to stay off the players’ radar… pun intended.
The Pocket Radar comes in two different models: the Classic and the Ball Coach. The Classic model was designed as an all-purpose radar gun for clocking anything in motion. Though it wasn’t designed for reading pitch and swing speeds, this model still does the trick. The Ball Coach is a more improved model designed specifically for clocking speeds in sports. It has a Constant-On mode that allows for hands-free use and a recall memory of 25 speed readings. If you’re looking for a radar gun for the purpose of clocking baseball and softball speeds, the Pocket Radar Ball Coach is the way to go.
Hitting fungo to your fielders is not the easiest thing to do… even for the seasoned coaches. Throwing a ball up to yourself and hitting it with a long, skinny fungo bat makes it very tough to accurately place fly balls, line drives, and ground balls where you intend. There’s almost an art to hitting fungo accurately. And we’re not all Picasso’s. So ask yourself this: When you hit balls to the kids at practice, do they spend more time catching the ball or running to balls that are out of reach? If you answered with the latter, consider making it a little easier on yourself and your players by getting an Accubat.
The AME Innovations Accubat comes in two models: the Coaches Helper Model and the Pro Model. Both models are constructed with the same materials – a cushioned, non-slip, foam handle, a hard plastic outer racquet, and a polypropylene net bound by 30 rubber torsion bands. The netted hitting surface is relatively the same area on both models (90 in2). The only difference is that the Pro Model is 6 ounces heavier than the Coaches Helper (26 oz. vs 20 oz.). The advantage of the Pro Model is that it allows you to hit the ball harder and further than the Coaches Helper.
The Accubat is recommended for coaches and parents of baseball and softball players at all ages. It’s scientifically designed to give you placement and distance control unparalleled by any other fungo hitting device. The Coaches Helper Model is recommended for players under the age of 12. However, ball players over the age of 12 may need that extra oomph. The Pro Model is recommended for the older players who can handle the faster pace.
As a highly competitive high school, travel ball, and college pitcher, I understood the importance of giving my fielders as many reps as I could. I was never the pitcher whose sole focus was striking people out. I pitched to contact and let the fielders behind me do their job. That said, I always did what I could to improve my defense’s fielding skills. Any chance I got to give my fielders some fungo work, I took advantage of. All serious pitchers (and ball players in general) should have that same mindset because there’s no worse feeling than being stranded in the field error after error when you should be in the dugout getting ready to hit.
Baseball is a repetition sport. Infield and outfield fungo reps are crucial to building and maintaining defensive skills. The Accubat has truly revolutionized the manner in which baseball and softball fungo can be done. Coaches who want to make their practices more efficient and parents who want to give their kids some extra reps in the back yard should seriously consider purchasing an Accubat.
Pros: Very accurate, Easy and fun to use, Offers more control than a fungo bat, Very durable.
Cons: Can be considered a rookie tool to high level competitors because of some notion that it steers away from how fungo has traditionally been and should be done. But c’mon… really? Form < Function.