If you have a 15′ x 10′ area in your garage, then why not set up a batting cage for tee work and soft toss? It’s been a game changer for my guys and something they use if the weather is bad or if they don’t want to go all the way to the local ball fields to get in some extra swings. It’s incredibly convenient and open for business 24/7. It’s actually pretty easy to setup with everything being sent right to my door from Amazon.
In my three-car garage, I used one of the bays for the setup. The ceiling in my garage is 9′ high and the bay itself is about 25′ deep and 10′ wide. I only needed to use 15′ of the 25′ depth. Of course, the netting is the most important part of the show. I decided to hang my netting about 5′ away from the wall which left a 10′ x 10′ area for the actual area that they hit from.
The 5′ away from the wall is actually a safety recommendation. At first, I had it about 3′ feet from the wall but as my oldest got bigger, he could drive the baseball into the net and have it make contact with the wall. This was extremely dangerous as the ball would ricochet back at him with little to no time to react. I tried putting an old foam mattress against the wall, but somehow he would still drive the baseball just above the mattress and the ball would still make contact with the wall and shoot back at him.
Moving it 5′ away from the wall was the best solution. Here’s a picture for your reference.
I decided to use a high-impact golf ball net with 3/4″ square mesh and a 1/4″ rope border. My thinking was that I could always hit some golf balls off the indoor/outdoor carpet before heading to the golf course and save from having to pay for overpriced range buckets! A 15′ x 10′ net is a perfect size. Since my ceiling is 9′ high, this leaves about a foot or so of the net to hang on the ground. The front-facing area of the net is about 10′ which gives me about 2.5′ on each side to wrap forward to catch those really errant hits. Just for Nets sells a very reasonable 15′ x 10′ net on Amazon with the same specs as I mentioned above.
Hanging it was easy with the proper hardware: 20-pack of 1 3/4″ eye screws, 20-pack of self-drilling drywall anchors, and 10-pack of D-shaped Buckle Clips. Here’s a picture of the hardware. You’ll want to put these every two feet in order to give you all the support you’ll ever need.
Now that you have the most important part taken care of, its time to look at the flooring. My garage floor is kind of slick and not a good surface to maintain your footing while hitting. So, I used a couple of cheap pieces of green indoor/outdoor carpet with double-sided tape to adhere to the floor. Here’s a very nice 15′ x 12′ green indoor/outdoor carpet and some double-sided tape to complete the flooring. For extra padding, I found an old piece of 6′ x 6′ carpet that was left over when they installed it inside my house. I put it underneath the indoor/outdoor carpet which essentially became our batter’s box. It works great.
To round out your batting cage, you need a couple essentials:
- A big-time Tanner batting tee
- Diamond 6-Gallon Ball Bucket with 30 DOL-A Baseballs, Black (no synthetics please).
- Pocket Radar Ball Coach — Batted-ball exit speeds. Whether you are aware or not, it is quickly becoming one of these most important hitting metrics for your son. What’s your son’s batted-ball exit velocity? If you don’t know, you need to. He needs to understand where he stands. And it’s so easy with Pocket Radar to measure his batted-ball exit velocity. Just stand behind him and push the button! You can measure his exit velocity easily in your garage batting cage off a tee! It’s not uncommon today that before a batter takes his BP round in a showcase that he first goes to a station set up with tee so they can measure his exit velocity. Know what his exit velocity is before you spend money on showcases. It may not yet be the right time to show his stuff. Read this post to better understand timing and preparation for showcases. For current pricing of the Ball Coach at Amazon, click here.
- Blast Baseball Swing Analyzer — The swing sensor market is no longer in the first inning of the technology game. With players like Zepp and Diamond Kinetics at the forefront, it was easy for Blast Motion to get lost in the shuffle. Not anymore. Blast Motion recently won a patent infringement lawsuit against Zepp which required Zepp to stop selling its sensor products which infringed on Blast Motion’s patents. Blast Motion also has a similar lawsuit against Diamond Kinetics.All that being said, Blast Motion now appears to be the driver’s seat for implementing this exciting new technology to the masses. The MLB has now chosen Blast Motion to be their official bat sensor. Carlos Correa is currently their main endorsement figurehead. MLB and Correa, not so bad! Use it right off the tee in your garage batting cage!
For current pricing of the Blast Baseball Swing Analyzer on Amazon, click here.