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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2016, 11:55:44 PM »

@Vitas Cricket yeah agreed it was partially due to the balls but ive watched the paceman videos from dimension sport and the ball still seems to do the same thing, i suppose it isnt too bad for just grooving shots...

I haven't watched them for a while but I think in the videos for the pro/strike they still use the lightweight ball. Could be wrong

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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2016, 12:07:28 AM »

I recently got Bola Junior and it is worth every penny!!!! For a club cricketer who can live with a max 65 mph speed, it is a great training tool.

Do you mind posting a video of it ? can it bowl leather balls? Price???
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #32 on: June 17, 2016, 12:31:04 AM »

Do you mind posting a video of it ? can it bowl leather balls? Price???

It delivers a junior sized bowling machine ball weighing 3 ounces

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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2016, 02:19:49 AM »

Do you mind posting a video of it ? can it bowl leather balls? Price???

I will try to make a video and post for you guys. Price is around 900 GBP.

No leather balls, it uses a light and tennis ball size pvc ball. It swings well in the air and doesn't hurt your toes when you are hit by a Yorker - my friend fractured his toe with a regular Bola. I put Jr at 17/18 yards from the stumps and set the speed between 55-65 mph and it is plenty fast.

I also own the regular sized/pro Bola machine and I love Bola Junior!! Jr. is easier to assemble, portable (put in your car seat), and safer for your health . With a regular Bola machine, at moderately high speeds, I do fear for my life sometimes.  :D

One criticism I have of the balls is that they don't bounce very high on Astro surface ( which is the only surface I have tried them on) i.e. I have not been able to produce a bouncer from the machine. Back of good length, good length, full/Yorker are all good and well but not a true short ball kicking up or a bouncer.
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2016, 12:21:10 AM »

I will try to make a video and post for you guys. Price is around 900 GBP.

No leather balls, it uses a light and tennis ball size pvc ball. It swings well in the air and doesn't hurt your toes when you are hit by a Yorker - my friend fractured his toe with a regular Bola. I put Jr at 17/18 yards from the stumps and set the speed between 55-65 mph and it is plenty fast.

I also own the regular sized/pro Bola machine and I love Bola Junior!! Jr. is easier to assemble, portable (put in your car seat), and safer for your health . With a regular Bola machine, at moderately high speeds, I do fear for my life sometimes.  :D

One criticism I have of the balls is that they don't bounce very high on Astro surface ( which is the only surface I have tried them on) i.e. I have not been able to produce a bouncer from the machine. Back of good length, good length, full/Yorker are all good and well but not a true short ball kicking up or a bouncer.

I just recently have been experimenting with different cricket-tennis balls ( like Vicky, Costco etc ) , which are harder and heavier than a normal tennis ball , with my Stinger Pro machine . I reckon they may be a good way to do true bouncer/short pitched bowling with your Bola Junior .
Or failing that you could always just use actual tennis balls . I recently saw the acadamy coach at Kingsgrove doing bouncer drills with tennis balls on a Jugs machine . It works well , with the added bonus (for anyone with a machine capable only of lesser pace ) that they fire quicker than other balls at the same setting .
B.t.w , there's a youtube vid of Indian test players circa 2010/11 ish , with Dravid , Raina etc , doing bouncer work outdoors with a Bola and tennis balls.....so , if it's good enough for them ......
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2016, 12:48:56 AM »

^ Bola Jr doesn't use same size balls as a regular Bola, the JR balls are smaller and lighter. I tried tennis balls with Bola JR and they didn't work - machine didn't push the balls with any power. Bola has produced heavier white colored balls for the Bola Jr machine. I will be testing them out in a few days.

I have seen the video you mentioned with Dravid. I don't think they are using a Bola machine in that video.
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2016, 06:17:55 AM »

Hmmm, that's  a pity ...perhaps the tennis balls with the  bola jr didn't work due to the light weight of the tennis balls . Ifs thats so ,then the harder/heavier cricket-tennis balls might still be a goer . In any event would be good to hear of what eventuates because bowling machine training sans bouncers just feels a tad disappointing. The only other thing I  can think of is to use the machine from some point closer than 22 yards , but I guess you would have thought the same already and it didn't do the trick .
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2017, 11:09:10 AM »

@InternalTraining ..... did you ever get the white bola junior balls ? If so , were you able to replicate bouncers ? Also , did the white balls ( which are meant to be heavier ) actually have better bounce , and more importantly,  better feel off the bat ?
... its just that I'm thinking of upgrading to a bola junior machine soon .
Cheers.
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2017, 11:44:32 AM »

@InternalTraining ..... did you ever get the white bola junior balls ? If so , were you able to replicate bouncers ? Also , did the white balls ( which are meant to be heavier ) actually have better bounce , and more importantly,  better feel off the bat ?
... its just that I'm thinking of upgrading to a bola junior machine soon .
Cheers.

Yes.

White balls are harder than the orange one and have more bounce and force to them. Last season, I got a bruised big toe (left) from the white ball - the old nail detached only about couple of months ago. :D The white ball feels more substantial when striking with you bat. I was able to replicate bouncers by moving the machine to 15 yards and angling the head of the machine down. It works, atleast for me,  as I am 5'7'' on a good day. I am also able to replicate short swinging deliveries outside off at 15 yard distance.

This is my second season with this machine and I don't feel that it is a "Jr" machine by any means. I set it at 17 or 18 yards and use speeds of 55-62 mph. The swinging delivery at this distance is just amazing. You can also replicate spin by lowering the speed to 40-50 (setting in/out swing) and pointing the head up in the air at 19-20 yards and you get a good drifting delivery that you MUST play with a straight bat or will make a mistake. I just can't say enough good things about this product!

PS: Those soft orange balls will clean up your drive's timing. You will see massive improvement in your game.

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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #39 on: June 23, 2017, 11:49:13 AM »

Yes.

White balls are harder than the orange one and have more bounce and force to them. Last season, I got a bruised big toe (left) from the white ball - the old nail detached only about couple of months ago. :D The white ball feels more substantial when striking with you bat. I was able to replicate bouncers by moving the machine to 15 yards and angling the head of the machine down. It works, atleast for me,  as I am 5'7'' on a good day. I am also able to replicate short swinging deliveries outside off at 15 yard distance.

This is my second season with this machine and I don't feel that it is a "Jr" machine by any means. I set it at 17 or 18 yards and use speeds of 55-62 mph. The swinging delivery at this distance is just amazing. You can also replicate spin by lowering the speed to 40-50 (setting in/out swing) and pointing the head up in the air at 19-20 yards and you get a good drifting delivery that you MUST play with a straight bat or will make a mistake. I just can't say enough good things about this product!

PS: Those soft orange balls will clean up your drive's timing. You will see massive improvement in your game.



Thanks mate.... just what i needed to hear . :)
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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #40 on: June 07, 2018, 10:47:45 AM »

Sorry to bump an old thread.

Looking to get a bowling machine in my garage, mainly to groove technique and work on shots that can be used to rotate the strike like the paddle sweep etc. My garage is only about 10 metres long, therefore its only really throw down length but as I said I wouldnt be using it to practice range hitting. With the limited space Im guessing my only real option is the paceman bowling machine? However, having a bowling machine the bowls spin would be ideal, is there any machines that can bowl spin that dont cost an arm and a leg?

Any suggestions/help are appreciated, thanks.

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Re: Has anyone actually got a bowling machine in their garden?
« Reply #41 on: June 07, 2018, 12:48:30 PM »

Sorry to bump an old thread.

Looking to get a bowling machine in my garage, mainly to groove technique and work on shots that can be used to rotate the strike like the paddle sweep etc. My garage is only about 10 metres long, therefore its only really throw down length but as I said I wouldnt be using it to practice range hitting. With the limited space Im guessing my only real option is the paceman bowling machine? However, having a bowling machine the bowls spin would be ideal, is there any machines that can bowl spin that dont cost an arm and a leg?

Any suggestions/help are appreciated, thanks.



I don't think 10m would be sufficient  (and im assuming your garage has a roof which would limit pointing a machine upwards to get flight anyway) so you probably wouldn't be able to get any machine to replicate anything that remotely feels like spin , given your 'pitch's limits ......probably the best you could hope for is to use a machine at slow speeds , so a paceman or paceman ltd etc would be your best options (and if you decide its all not worth it or it doesnt end up being good practice , then at least you didn't fork out too much cash on it ).
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