Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod

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Go from Tee Ball to Z Ball - A great addition to any baseball practice, the rechargeable ZS740 Pitching Machine from Zooka Sports offers a lightweight, portable design that can pitch between 10 and 65 MPH. Includes choice of tall or short panning tripod for full 360 rotation.

Features



  • Throws real baseballs at over 65 mph. Also throws dimple balls, tennis balls, and most safety balls
  • Adjustable speed: 10 to 65 mph
  • Digital speed readout
  • Battery powered for true portability - Over 500 pitches per charge
  • Perfect for machine-pitch leagues
  • 12 month limited warranty (6 months on batteries)
  • Complete with internal battery, charger, and tripod
  • Short Panning Tripod: full 360 degree pan, 26 inch pitch release height
  • Tall Panning Tripod: full 360 degree pan, 43 inch pitch release height

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Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Improves agility (5)
  • Improves strength (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Team sports (8)
    • Individual sports (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Competitive athlete (5), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Machine; portable and well built

    This pitching machine is superb, solid construction and seems like it will last, and it has a good warranty. Setup for use takes less than a minute. On a whim, I called...Read complete review

    This pitching machine is superb, solid construction and seems like it will last, and it has a good warranty. Setup for use takes less than a minute. On a whim, I called the manufacturer's phone number and a human answered in a few rings and proceeeded to answer some of my questions! The battery life lasts the whole team practice (13U travel baseball) without issues. Great for fly ball training, where you can set it up to land the pop flies between players (like 1B, 2B and RF drill where the kids have to communicate who's got it). If you put it at the maximum angle and full speed (70 MPH), it will throw balls so high that they are almost too "scary" to catch--it is that good! It throws the yellow dimpled 5 oz McGregor balls very well and precise (same location within the strikezone), and can throw real baseballs as well although with a little more scatter (in the strikezone but scattered), and it doesn't seem to chew up the real baseball covers like the spinning wheels on other machines. I also use the light, restricted flight Baden white dimpled balls, but it throws them like a knuckle ball--not necessarily a bad thing, but it scatters the pitches all over the place, both inside and outside the strikezone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not That Good

    The machine is very portable and easy to use and easy to set up. BUT it throws knuckle-balls and even with the Zooka brand dimple balls, the pitching pattern is NOT tight. As...Read complete review

    The machine is very portable and easy to use and easy to set up. BUT it throws knuckle-balls and even with the Zooka brand dimple balls, the pitching pattern is NOT tight. As a pitching machine, it is VERY, VERY disappointing. For outfield use, very good.

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    4.0

    Exactly what I wanted!

    By J.R.

    from Demarest, NJ

    About Me Competitive Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

        I take it to the field and everytime I am asked where I got the machine. Its really impressive! I bought the machine for my 16 year old and he loves it. Its worth every penny

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        versatile, even a child can handle

        By Mickey Mantle

        from Aiea, Hawaii

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Agility
        • Improves Strength
        • Increases Endurance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Individual Sports
          • Team Sports

          Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

          great machine-easy to set up for batting, infield and outfield practices

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Impressive Piece of Machinery!!!

          By Baseball in Sacramento

          from Sacramento, CA

          About Me Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Does Not Store Well

          Best Uses

          • Individual Sports
          • Team Sports

          Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

          I bought this for my 6 and 8 year old to help them improve on their baseball skills. My overall goal is to train them on tracking a pop fly ball, running to it, and catching it. So far it's worked out as expected. Have also used it as a pitching machine. Once adjusted, I'd say it will pitch a baseball into the strike zone consistently about 90% to 95% of the time. It is very easy to transport and set up. The downside is that it does require a bit of storage space and must be plugged in at all times in between use (per the instructions) otherwise it could degrade the life of the battery. The other downside is that it does pitch the ball with very little spin (knuckleball pitch) which makes it more challenging to hit. It is a very impressive piece of machinery given it's size, portability, and capability. It can launch a baseball easily over 100 feet high and 175+ feet out, way farther than any adult can throw!! Does catch quite a bit of attention. It can launch a ball about every 5 seconds or so when set at 60% power, and about 8 seconds when set at 100% power. It is pricey but I do think it's worth the money. Get it with the 15% discount to save a few dollars. It will definitely improve your kids performance on the field. If you get it, seriously share its use with other players on your kids team since not every family can afford something like this.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great machine

          By Chris

          from Boston

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Batting Practice
            • Pop Flies

            Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

            This machine is easy to operate and very accurate. My son is 10 years old and it has really helped him develop a more consistent swing.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Machine; portable and well built

            By Trigger

            from Southern Maryland

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Agility
            • Improves Strength

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Individual Sports
            • Team Sports

            Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

            This pitching machine is superb, solid construction and seems like it will last, and it has a good warranty. Setup for use takes less than a minute. On a whim, I called the manufacturer's phone number and a human answered in a few rings and proceeeded to answer some of my questions! The battery life lasts the whole team practice (13U travel baseball) without issues. Great for fly ball training, where you can set it up to land the pop flies between players (like 1B, 2B and RF drill where the kids have to communicate who's got it). If you put it at the maximum angle and full speed (70 MPH), it will throw balls so high that they are almost too "scary" to catch--it is that good! It throws the yellow dimpled 5 oz McGregor balls very well and precise (same location within the strikezone), and can throw real baseballs as well although with a little more scatter (in the strikezone but scattered), and it doesn't seem to chew up the real baseball covers like the spinning wheels on other machines. I also use the light, restricted flight Baden white dimpled balls, but it throws them like a knuckle ball--not necessarily a bad thing, but it scatters the pitches all over the place, both inside and outside the strikezone.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very happy with purchase.

            By Coach brad

            from South Florida

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Individual Sports
              • Team Sports

              Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

              I use the Zooka as a team drill tool and pitching machine. The players and other coaches love the machine as well. It saves our arms and shoulders as a coach.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              excellent home pitching machine.

              By tbone

              from miami florida

              About Me Competitive Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Agility
              • Improves Strength

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Team Sports

              Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

              Using it in home batting cage. Easy and light to take in and out.
              Great battery life spent all Christmas day pitching to all the boys on the team.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent for little leaguers.

              By Sandy

              from Hackensack, NJ

              About Me Competitive Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Agility
              • Improves Strength

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Individual Sports
                • Team Sports

                Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

                Great for improving batting and fielding. Can get many years of good use.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                reply to

                By The Crow

                from VA

                About Me Competitive Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Agility
                • Improves Strength
                • Increases Endurance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Team Sports

                  Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

                  [...] This machine is very accurate...I'd say that all pitches are grouped within about 8-10 inches of each other. This machine is great and very easy to use/transport.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not That Good

                  By miked

                  from el cerrito, ca

                  About Me Competitive Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

                  • Individual Sports
                  • Team Sports

                  Comments about Zooka Sports ZS740 Portable Pitching Machine with Panning Tripod:

                  The machine is very portable and easy to use and easy to set up. BUT it throws knuckle-balls and even with the Zooka brand dimple balls, the pitching pattern is NOT tight. As a pitching machine, it is VERY, VERY disappointing. For outfield use, very good.

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