April 15, 2024

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WIN Reality VR Baseball Trainer is a hit!

Remember when baseball was a Spring sport?  Now future major leaguers play in the Spring, Summer, don’t forget Fall ball, and of course in the Winter that they train to get ready for Spring.

Youth baseball is a business.  Travel baseball can run from $500 a year to several thousand.

According to an article in USA Today, ”Travel baseball averages out to $3,700 per year. But families can pay upward of $8,000 if they opt for extra training services and play in out-of-state tournaments. Your child’s equipment and uniform typically cost $200 to $500.”

Travel softball also nets out to an investment of thousands as well.

The team at WIN Reality has come up with a cost-effective training tool, that is cutting edge, full of data, loaded with expert training for your future star, and costs less than the price of a new high-end bat.

The world of high-tech baseball has come a long way from WII Sports and WIN Reality has hit one out of the park taking baseball and softball training to the next level with superior graphics and analytics that would make Billy Beane happy (see Money Ball).

WIN Reality trains you at game speed, with real pitchers (youth, high school, college, and pro), real velocity, and real movement.  It’s the only VR training tool leveraging official gameday MLB and college athlete data to simulate actual player abilities that help you perfect your swing in dozens of real game scenarios.

WIN reality has eight unique training modes that are designed to help you master each phase of the at-bat, it helps optical and mental acuity, focus, and coordination to not only improve motor skills but also build confidence.

NOTE- The writer of this article was beamed in the head by Leon Zeidler in the 4th grade and has been terrified of any and all baseballs ever since.

That’s one of the cool factors that is taken out of the equation with WIN Reality, the fear of getting hit, also no insane parents yelling from the bleachers or A-hole kids from the other team getting into your head (though that could be a fun addition)  Your batter can focus on form and mechanics and not a brushback from Al Hrabosky (look it up, it’s a great reference).

You can tie everything you have learned inside their hitting beta and take full at-bats against a library of pro-style pitchers, bringing the heat as well as a selection of other kinds of pitches.  Just to make it even more realistic there are two hitting modes.

Situational Hitting – With runners on bases, challenging you in different situations to come through with a hit.

Batting Practice– Where you can take your cuts and see how they fly.

It’s not all 95 mile an hour breaking balls from Randy Johnson. Before you start, every player takes an assessment test and then a team of performance analysts dives into your results to help set up a training plan.  They send you weekly feedback on how you are doing as well as training assignments to keep you progressing.

It’s game speed practice for hitters of all ages for both baseball and softball.  

Their drills can be used with just an Oculus Controller but using the WIN Bat Attachment it allows players to swing their real-world bat, in their virtual reality environment, fully immersing themselves in the training.

Again, you need the room to swing a bat, full speed, indoors, so make sure everyone is clear.

The full hitting bundle has the Swing Tracker that provides immediate feedback on metrics like bat speed, exit velocity, and even hit stance.

You do need an Oculus $299 or the cost of a good mitt.

WIN Reality has two pricing options $29 a month or $228 per year. If you’re into baseball looking for a gift that’s hit, WIN Reality is a game-changer.

By David Wallach

By David Wallach

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