Cyber 9: Virtual Pitcher Enhances Batting Practice and JVC's GR-5X Camera
This week, we take a couple of fastballs from a virtual pitcher
Monday, April 17, 2006 — Batting cages have gone high tech.
The Pro Batter II is the closest most of us will get to a major league pitcher without actually facing one.
El Paso's Adventure Zone park is the only place in the southwest to have one.
Pro Batter II combines the latest in computer and video technology to create the one-of-a-kind experience.
"It works on the people's sense of timing as well as improving their swing because there's an actual pitcher throwing the ball," says J.R. Phillips, Adventure Zone's owner. "It just sets up for the best baseball practice ever."
You face off against a virtual pitcher who, thanks to the computer controls, can throw pitches anywhere from 50 to 100 miles an hour. Pro Batter II is also set up for slow pitch and fast pitch softball.
Major League baseball teams like the Yankees, Mets and the Red Sox use Pro Batter II at their ballparks for batting practice.
Pro Batter II has been at Adventure Zone for only a couple of weeks and it's already a big hit...pardon the pun.