The manufacturer's warning labels generally urge the use of machine pitch dimple balls with most machines. These are the seamless yellow balls you see being used at batting cages. They are the same size and weight as leather baseballs. They claim to fly straighter and last longer than leather baseballs, plus they are easier on player's hands and bats.

History of Dimple Balls

Cheaper dimple balls are 100% hard and can dent your bat.


Machine Pitch Dimple Balls Cost comparison to Smushball

  • Pickle Balls for 2 dozen is $35.50 on sale
  • SMUSHBALL PRICE for 2 Dozen $35.00

Smushball is a more cost effective alternative to the inferior Dimple Ball.


 Smushballs vs Dimple Ball


Dimple Ball

Pros -

  1. Easier on bats and hands
  2. Multiple uses...fly balls, grounders, batting practice
  3. Increase accuracy in pitching machines over real balls
  4. weather proof

    Cons –

        1. Hard Ball not good for indoor use
        2. Balls can hurt the thrower if it hits them square. 
        3. When swinging, you do not get a real feel for hitting a ball as it is light and the ball just jumps off the bat whether it is a good swing or bad.


          Pros –

          1. Coaches from high school to little league both baseball and softball are switching to these balls.  Less expensive option and they are durable for multiple years as they do not crack or break.  (Still using the original ones from three years ago) 
          2. Can be used outside in rain, snow etc.  No nets are required.  Can be hit against fences with no damage to the fence.  Can be used indoors with not nets or cages. 
          3. Can hit against the wall with no damage to wall or ball or floor.  If the ball hits a pitcher, it bounces off.  For the batter, if they do not hit it square with a good swing, the ball will squib. 
          4. Can be used on tees and other exercises. 
          5. Can be used before a game and groups of players can quickly warm up with batting on opposing fields. 
          6. Can be used to help catchers with blocking drills. 
          7. A person can throw these balls without hurting their shoulders or arms. 
          8. Plus much more!



          As the Dimple Ball is widely used in many "pitching machines", you may find this bit of history related to "pitching machines" interesting:

          Source: Wikipedia

          In 1897, mathematics instructor Charles Hinton designed a gunpowder-powered baseball pitching machine for the Princeton University baseball team's batting practice. According to one source it caused several injuries, and may have been in part responsible for the death of 7 baseball players that year. However, the machine was versatile: it was capable of throwing variable speeds with an adjustable breech size and firing curve balls by the use of two rubber coated steel fingers at the muzzle of the pitcher. Hinton successfully introduced the machine to the University of Minnesota where he worked as an assistant professor until 1900.



          Other alternatives to baseballs are: Wiffle Ball, Whiffle Ball, Pickle Ball, Rag Ball, Baseball, Indoor baseball, Indoor softball, Safety Ball, Batting Practice Ball(s), Jugs Balls, Plastic baseball, Dimple Ball, Plastic Golf balls, Baseball, Training, Physical education ball, T-Ball, Flip Ball, Total Control Ball, TCB Ball, Perforated Plastic Balls, Pitching Machine Balls, Soft Foam Safety Balls, ASI Heavy Duty Plastic Balls, Dimpled Balls.