Weighted Training Balls – Training Aid Tuesdays

Tuesday, Dec. 18th 2012

Baseball Express, amongst their other great products, offers a weighted ball set that is a must own for baseball players of all ages. The idea itself seems quite ingenious. Personally, I remember as boy cutting open a tennis ball, filling the inside of the ball with change, and rapping the ball with duck tape so I could build up my arm strength by throwing a weighted ball.

While the “penny ball”, as my friend and I liked to call it, achieves the same objective as the Baseball Express Weighted Training Ball, Baseball Expresses product provides several key features that most weighted balls do not have. Baseball Expresses ball set takes on the characteristics of a normal baseball. Most weighted balls on the market are made of a rubber, plastic, or vinyl material and do not have laces like a normal baseball. Baseball Express’ ball set is made of the same leather material as a baseball and has laces so that a player may be able to get the same feel as when they throw with a normal ball. Unlike most weighted balls that only come in one weight, Baseball Express’ creation comes in a set of six different weights for $29.99, or individually for $5.99. The set allows you to gradually build up to higher weights, from the lightest ball—7 oz.—to the heaviest ball—12 oz. After all, with any weight lifting activity, you don’t want to jump right into the most difficult and strenuous weight.

There is very little customer response available online about Baseball Express’ Weighted Ball Set, and this particular blogger would appreciate any feedback that the baseball community has about the device. Particularly, can the balls last through more than the normal wear and tear a baseball endures? Do you find that the heavier balls should be reserved for a higher age group? Have there been injury concerns associated with the ball? And, most importantly, have you see any improvement in your baseball player’s throwing? This improvement does not necessarily have to be associated with velocity. Have you seen an improvement in command? Baseball Express, like most great inventors, has filled a technological gap that is characterized by need. In an era where arm injuries are prevalent at every level of baseball simple, yet practical, devices like this weighted ball set could help shoulder condition and strength, and lead to less arm injuries.

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