Does it rotate in a complete circle? Yes, the machine rotates in complete 360 degree circle. It rotates multiple times upon contact. When a high school player hits it, it may rotate 3 times. When a 12 year-old hits it, it may rotate only 1 1/2 times. This feature makes it a long-term investment that grows with a player. You can purchase a Hurricane Machine when a player is in elementary school and continue to use it throughout that players career in high school or even longer.
How big is the area required for set-up? The Hurricane Batting Machine rotates in a 8 1/2 ft. circle. You must allow eaxtra space for the batter to work.
Does the Derek Jeter Hurricane Machine have a motor? No it does not have a motor. It does not even require electricity. It is completely self-contained and can be set-up almost anywhere. It has its own energy sorce or ball-return mechanism. It uses a set of powerbands that stop the balls forward motion and bring it back toward the batter simular to a regular pitch. The batter hits the balls as it passes. The hitter is allowed to hit a moving ball at any desired speed. This fast moving ball makes this machine extremely fufilling, highly productive, and entertaining method of practice.
How fast a pitch can it simulate? In determining speed, the more bands, the quicker the ball will return. However, too many powerbands tend to make the return speed too fast for even advanced collegiate hitters. This machine can be set to challenge all ages or skill levels. The best powerband setting is when a single powerband is used. With one powerband the faster the hitters bat speed, the faster the ball returns. Therefore, advanced hitters are allowed faster hitting speeds than younger players. The machine is self-adjusting to the level of the user. One band allows the ball to easily rotate multiple times. This allows hitters to get in a rymthn that allows the hitter to have time to reset and prepare for the next swing.