One or Three 30-Minute Individual or Group Batting-Cage Sessions at Heights Sports Academy (Up to 48% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Whether for baseball, slow-pitch, or fast-pitch softball, individual athletes and teams can practice batting at an indoor training facility

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Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for one 30-minute individual or group batting-cage session ($25 value)
  • $39 for three 30-minute individual or group batting-cage sessions ($75 value)

Pitching Machines: Hurlers That Never Fatigue

Batting cages feature automatic pitching machines, which emulate real pitches by throwing balls at various speeds. Check out Groupon’s guide to learn how they work.

There are many variations of pitching machines, but the most popular mechanism is the one that incorporates one, two, or three rubber wheels. As the ball feeds into the machine, the wheels grip the ball at different speeds, simulating the way a pitcher’s fingers affect the ball’s spin to make it curve or slide. A hydraulic barrel propels the ball forward with reliable accuracy, allowing the batter to practice countless reps of different pitches and speeds. Different settings can even allow for some defensive drills such as ground balls, pop-ups, and line drives. Among these benefits, pitching machines also eliminate fatigue for pitchers or coaches in practice and allow hitters to practice alone in a batting cage.

Today’s pitching machines are safe, efficient, and versatile, but the first such device was more like a medieval cannon. In 1897, an eccentric mathematics professor named Charles Hinton loaded up an odd-looking device with ample amounts of gunpowder, armed himself with a few baseballs, and fired away at Princeton University’s baseball players. The machine wasn’t very accurate—several players were injured—but the design wasn’t completely flawed, as it was still able to “throw” balls at various speeds and even manage a curveball with the help of two steel fingers placed on the muzzle.

Customer Reviews

Its good clean fun
Misty A. · February 26, 2016
Make your appointment and enjoy a great workout.
Henry R. · February 25, 2016
Awesome place and great atmosphere The owner is involved and so nice It's a very private place and cozy You feel at home every time
Jenny F. · October 18, 2015

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