I've been asked often as to whether hitting a lighter ball is a good or bad idea... It just seems wrong to some. The answer is really quite simple... there is no difference. I don't care if you are swinging at rocks...
Keep Swinging & Keep Learning!
The difference-maker may very well be whether your kids swing enough... and are they doing it correctly! The more important aspect is correct and more and with that in mind, another bright garage engineer came up with lighter balls that require less power to propel them and lighter weight portable backyard batting cages that will withstand these lighter weight balls!
More swings and less cost for younger players! Great where limited size backyards are a difference-maker! I've met very few good young hitters who didn't like playing the game of baseball but I have met many who left the game before finding out how good they actually were. So, any player who is so fortunate to be able to swing a lot can get very good, very quick and then find out how far it takes them. It almost has to be in the backyard or with a very interested parent with tons of available spare time.
And now, with more inexpensive lighter-weight backyard baseball pitching machines, balls and batting cages... it becomes a no brainer to afford... and they fit right in even small backyards!
You Now Have Options Like Never Before!
Slider Lite Ball Pitching Machine
Slider & 20 ft. long Power Alley Backyard Batting Cage
I contend that you start with your budget and go from there. If you have read this far, the Slider Pitching Machine is probably of interest and in your price range so lets complete that thought process and talk about pushing forward or moving away from it.
A batting cage is truly an important piece because too many pitching machines get left under-used... probably in the garage. Add a small footprint, portable batting cage right out your back door... and the use goes way up... translating into an improved hitter... which makes players want to hit even more... which makes them into an even better hitter. With a lite ball pitching machine like the Slider, you can add an inexpensive 20 foot long Power Alley Batting Cage for an unbelievably low price and be up and running in an hour after you receive the boxes from UPS (generally 7-10 days max).