POP TOSS TUTORIALS
HOW TO USE YOUR POP TOSS BATTING TEE
Below you will find Pop Toss Tutorials which will help you learn how to use your Pop Toss Hitting Machine effectively! Be sure to read and watch all of the videos!
POP TOSS TUTORIALS – ADJUSTING THE ANGLE, HEIGHT AND DISTANCE OF THE POPPED BALL
In order to use your Pop Toss to its’ full potential, you will need to know how to adjust the features on the machine and fine tune it to get the results you are looking for.
First of all decide what angle you want the Pop Toss to be at. This affects the height and distance of the popped ball. We recommend placing the Pop Toss in or behind a bucket if it will be used in front of the hitter, this protects your investment from a struck ball.
- Tighten the Back two legs to get a shorter launch distance and higher angle. (Short Toss)
- Unscrew the back two legs a little to get a longer launch distance and lower angle. (Long Toss)
Second, do a practice run. Load the machine, place a ball on top, take your stance and count the seconds till the launch without swinging. Note where the ball lands on the ground.
- Turn the “Timing Knob” (Located on the base of the Pop Toss across from the check valve) slightly to the right for more set up time before launch or slightly to the left for less set up time before the launch. You want enough time to get in your stance comfortably, like when stepping into the batters box in a game.
- Remember the location of where the ball landed? Move the Pop Toss or yourself so that the ball crosses the strike zone of where you will be positioned, where you want it to and at the height you want it to.
There are another two things that will affect the height and distance of the launch.
The “Anglar” is the insert that threads into the top of the “Ball Striker”. You should have two of these.
- One “Anglar” has a Spongy rubber top on it. This one is for launching the ball farther or higher depending on the angle the Pop Toss is resting in.
- The other “Anglar” is hard plastic. This one is for a shorter or lower launch on the ball. This is also the Anglar that you use to add spin to the pitch.
Height Adjustment CollarThe “Height Adjustment Collar” is the colored band around the middle of the Pop Toss. This collar is not present on the Yellow Tee. (Green Tee See “C”)
- If you turn it to the left all the way up until it covers the four holes at the middle of the label it will restrict the air flow in the machine, resulting in a shorter or lower ball launch.
- If you turn it to the right all the way down so the four air holes are uncovered and visible, it will allow air flow within the machine, resulting in a longer or higher ball launch.
- (Green Tee Only) The Green Tee has the standard Air Holes and some smaller air holes around the same area. The “Height Adjustment Collar” is used in conjunction with the 2 Black Rubber Collars that only come with the Green Tee. These can be positioned over some or all of the remaining smaller Air Holes giving different heights to work with depending on the pitch height rules of your league.
VIDEO – ADJUSTING THE ANGLE, HEIGHT AND DISTANCE OF THE POPPED BALL
POP TOSS TUTORIALS – ADJUSTING THE SPIN OF THE POPPED BALL
The “Spin” of the popped ball is produced by two things that are adjustable.
- By using the hard plastic Anglar and screwing it down into the “Ball Striker”. Position it so it is about a 1/16th of an inch below the lip of the Ball Striker. This will put a slight spin on the ball and launch it more to one side of the Pop Toss. The farther down you position the Anglar below the Ball Striker the rate of spin increases, providing that all too critical “Late Movement” on a ball in the strike zone.
- By firmly grasping the Ball Striker on the sides and spinning it to the left or the right, you can change which direction the spin is turning. This is great for simulating Lefty pitches, Righty pitches, curveballs, sinkers, fastballs and sliders. This also provides “Late Movement” on the ball in the strike zone. This is an important tool in forcing the batter to keep their head still and their eyes glued to the ball.
VIDEO – ADJUSTING THE SPIN OF THE POPPED BALL
POP TOSS TUTORIALS – GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Remember, it’s not about how many balls you can hit in a minute, it’s about getting quality practice on the pitches the hitter is having trouble with and to be able to do this by yourself. Make sure you set the Timing Knob so you have enough time to get back in your stance comfortably before the ball is launched (Like stepping into the Batters Box in a game). Soft Toss helps the “Muscle Memory” in your swing. The Pop Toss helps with the “Muscle Memory” in your Batting Stance, Routine and Swing.
POP TOSS TUTORIALS – GENERAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS VIDEO