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    I've just bought a speed gun

    There is something disturbing about not having any outgoings during term time that is making my attitude towards the spare money in my bank account being "spend it - quickly". Perhaps it's fear that NatWest will go the way of Iceland...

    Anyway, today I bought one of those orange Skyer catching bats and I've just forked out 120 on a speed gun... here. Anyone any experiences of using them?
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    You have far too much spare money to be a teacher. Drug dealer IMO.
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    This was the one I was looking at buying a year or so ago. I liked the way it is hands free and easy to set up. It looks easy to use.

    A meetup now seems more interesting with a speed gun in the nets
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    I would get one if I had the money, I want to see how fast I bowl that is measured accurately.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    You have far too much spare money to be a teacher. Drug dealer IMO.
    TBH I now understand why Mark Hughes is just spending on anything he can see. It's fun. Arriving tomorrow.

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    So in the nets where would be the best place to position it? There is no way I'd feel comfortable having it near the popping crease with a batsmen facing but behind the nets it might not be able to capture an accurate enough reading?!

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    Use it from behind the bowler's arm, pretty sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Use it from behind the bowler's arm, pretty sure.
    If its the same one I was thinking of buying (which at first glance seems to be), it has to be situated infront of the bowler a certain distance down the track.

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    That is so cool tho. Has the new toy been played with yet?
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    Was played with this afternoon in a small hall at school, and chucked at with a tennis ball.

    Quickest I registered was 49mph, and our ex-FC cricketer got it up to 64. Will be interesting to add a cricket ball that carries out the hand and a run-up!

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    Although it is with a handheld radar gun, the quickest I have been timed at is 62mph, but that was last winter and so I'd reckon I am closer to 65mph when in my stride these days.

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    Yes I have seen the Skyer product advertised. Has decent reviews and the record hang time for a ball off that bat is around 7 seconds, which is plenty of time for a ball to be in the air.

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    Got done at 62mph on one of those Natwest Speed Stars things you get in big city streets. Was wearing really bad shoes and bowled with a windball as well

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    Have you given it a proper go yet?

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    Gave it a reasonable go this morning when one child turned up to our first winter net session, giving us a player-coach ratio of 1:5 and me lots of spare time.

    Only had an incredi to hand as I was spending much of the time figuring out how best to place the thing - and without a run up longer than two steps I was maxing out at 51mph, averaging 45-47. Our 10-year-old got one to touch 40mph, and averaged 33-36. It does show a consistency of interpretation and is very useful for showing that it's rhythm, not over-exertion, that creates speed.

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