My mind just got blown. John is a user with a history of providing neat things for us. He’s given us a formula devised to create wiffle sized fields out of big league dimensions, a bunch of stadium draw ups for people curious on how large to build replicas, a hand made child’s wiffle glove, and now this.
John, seriously, great work dude. What a novel concept and one that I would be very excited to explore once I come across a few more friends in Colorado!
Alright alright…I know, I’m a slacker. Yada yada yada. However, hopefully you can appreciate the new site look and ease of navigation. My computer is back in action! I know the seasons are wrapping up all over the place, but I’ve still got a chance to get you some bat info, so look for that.
You could be of tremendous help with this new setup. I’ve changed site hosts, and with that I’ve changed email hosts. The only email account associated with SAHDwiffle is now firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve previously been in contact with email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, erase those from your address book. There is ONE EMAIL and it is firstname.lastname@example.org. Use it, know it, learn it, love it….oh, and send me a test email of it, would you?!?
The new site will roll out over the next couple of days worldwide, but some people may get it sooner than others, no bickering, just be patient. Hopefully I’ve got it all figured out. As far as that new Nerf video goes, I’ve recovered all the footage, and cut it, just need to do my talkover and post, so look for that really soon.
Thanks for your patience. Doing this alone is hard. John, you want that account I promised you a while ago?!? Email me!
Alright, time to get on the up and up with you people. I moved across the country, and got complacent. I had a summer of very little Wiffle and a lot of lake time and running. I feel dirty. I feel like I’ve cheated you. I feel like I should finally post some of the many things people have sent me that I said I would post, but haven’t posted yet. I feel like what better time than spring of 2014 to begin to right my wrongs.
Please forgive me, fellow wifflers. Here’s my attempt to save my soul.
While I’ve been away, we’ve seen several of you submit things you thought would be handy for wiffler’s to know about. Here’s the recap from my inbox.
One of our users, Ryan, saw an excellent use of common space at Northeastern University in Boston. Here are his pictures…this is how lazy I’ve been, these are from last June. Sorry about that. Regardless, an EXCELLENT job utilizing a common area for a common good. Everybody loves wiffle, right?!?
Thanks Ryan, sorry I didn’t post these for almost a year!
Next up, the solution for the every man and his laziness. Sean came up with the cure for bending over to pick up excess wiffle balls from batting/pitching practice. It’s practical, it’s cheap, and it works amazingly well. Here’s his description, straight from his email.
Figured you guys might like this cheap ball picker upper, (don’t know the actual name for it) Anyway its a 3″ ABS 45.5″ long and will collect 15 wiffle balls (baseball size). It has two holes drilled in the bottom of it with a zip tie running thru the hole, this keeps the balls from falling out.
Also, here’s a video of the picker doing it’s duty. Seems like an excellent use of resources.
Sorry Sean, again, it took me a year…my bad.
Finally, John has sent me so many things I can’t even begin to get them all out here. He’s definitely a pioneer in the wiffling world, here’s a picture of his backyard field. It utilizes the terrain, up to and including the peaks of the roof to create what I believe is one of the more innovative fields out there currently. He even hung lights. I’m sorry I missed you last summer, John on my way through the middle of the country, but if our paths cross again, I’d love to play on Keith Richards Field or James Brown Memorial. Not only has John spent a ton of time building his own field, but he’s also taken time to draw out many other classic fields with wiffle-ized dimensions for other people to build off of. Oh, and in order to wiffle-ize them, he created his own algorithm that converts baseball field dimensions into dimensions that would work universally in wiffle ball. Oh…and he’s been hand-making prototype gloves to be used for wiffle ball. I mean, seriously, this guy has been getting after it from day one, and I’ve been failing at getting his information out to you all. Here are a few pictures he’s sent me, I’m sure there’ll be more in the future that I will get on the site way quicker than a year! Thanks John for all you do for the game.
And here’s a gallery of the Sketchups he’s done of classic fields and converted for wiffle use.
Here is the gallery of images of hand-crafting a glove for wiffle use.
Pretty spectacular stuff John.
Well, if you couldn’t tell, I wasn’t doing a very good job keeping up on the site, but I am vowing to do better this spring and summer. I hope that all of your seasons are awesome, and that you never stop playing. I’ve received requests to review a couple more bats, and I am looking into making SAHDwiffle into something a bit more than it currently is. I’ll keep you updated with changes. Until then, keep wiffling/blitzing everybody!
This summer, we have undergone some major changes at SAHDwiffle, and we wanted to let you know about them and let you know about why our replies and output this summer have lacked compared to previous years. Read further if you give a crap.
Being a stay at home dad has its advantages. You don’t have to go sit at a desk pretending to work all day long, you get to eat as many lunches as you want, and generally, the rules don’t apply to you. All in all, I’m not complaining. There are some drawbacks to this lifestyle however. When your spouse (the family breadwinner) gets a new job half a country away, you pack and drive a 26 foot truck to where you’re told.
With my relocation to Northern Colorado, and the fact that every other SAHDwiffler has stayed behind but most will also relocate in the near future, I am sad to say that SAHDwiffle is going to be a bit different. It’s not leaving, not by a longshot, but it will change. Casey and Jason have decided to take a bow and let the little birdy they’ve raised from an egg fly away into the Colorado sunset. And with that, I’m now in need of some new friends that may share in the plastic toy bat and ball game we all love so dearly. If you know anybody, feel free to let them know where to find me.
Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for the review that I’m finishing up on the road. It’s a good one, a damn good one, in fact, good enough it competes for the top spot all time. It’s the Moonshot KSCX Rev2, and mylanta I enjoy hitting that bat.
Word on the street is that some Dicks Sporting Goods stores are stocking the Louisville C271 for the price of $5! May be worth the trip to check it out. Thanks to Sean for the tip!
Mid-march is upon us, which can only mean one thing. Backyards are about to come alive with the sound of cracking plastic! As with every year so far, the offseason has meant we’ve been tinkering with the site, trying to make it a little more user friendly, and ultimately, a better experience for you.
Things we’ve added?
- Follow buttons on the sidebar for your easy access to us on other mediums, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Share buttons below each post and at the bottom of each page. We wanted you to be able to easily share a story from our site to your friends, family, dog, whatever floats your boat.
- More fitness. Last year, we were an embarrassment. We were lucky to even hit the ball 100 feet in good conditions. This year, both Casey, and I, are leaner, meaner, fighting machinier (is that a word?). We’re going to bring the pain (figuratively).
Things we’ve taken away?
- Not that we’ve actually taken it away, but we’re still ad free! That means all content is what we actually think, not what we’re paid to think. Same with our reviews. Remember folks, this is not a money-making venture for us, we do it out of the good of our hearts and our love of the game.
- Between Casey and I, we’ve removed at least 50 pounds of lard. Jason may have added ten, but overall, we’re down a hefty amount, and we did it all for you. Our healthier selves will live longer, and provide the best plastic reviews until you’re in your rocking chair on your front porch yelling for kids to, “Get off my lawn!”
Overall, we’re psyched for a great season to be upon us. When the weather finally cooperates, you can bet your bootstraps that we’ll be outside ready to go. Any recommendations for bat reviews, ball reviews, or gear reviews? We’re looking into a couple of bats, a scoring app, and a few other things so far, but you are the ones that want the info, so tell us what you want.
As always, happy wiffling!
I know we’re not a news site, but dang it, this is pretty spectacular. The Blitzball has won the title of “Gear of the Year” as awarded by Men’s Journal. The magazine annually reviews cool guy gear and awards the coolest with the title, “Gear of the Year.” To give you an idea of some other winners of the award this year, there’s the Apple MacBook Pro, the Tesla Model S Electric Performance Sedan, and the Easton Kilo 3p carbon fiber tent. We’re talking cool stuff here, people.
Most people we talk to through this website are solely interested in Wiffleball, and that’s good and well, Wiffleball is great. But, let me take this opportunity to say to you, Blitzball is the real deal, folks. We’ve said it before. We can’t recommend them any higher. The company has superb service, will answer any question you have, and have a product that anyone can have a great time playing for a long time. If you haven’t had the chance, go get yourself and your friends some Blitzballs for Christmas, and give someone an updated backyard ball of joy (that didn’t come out right).
A website fan and wiffle ball player in Missouri has sent us pictures of his new field addition…lights! He hosted the first game under the lights and these were his thoughts.
It turns out that while the lights are good for slower, straighter pitches, not so good for 4-5 foot breaking pitches, it was all strikeouts or walks after dark for the good pitchers.
He reckons that you’d better be careful if you’re playing under the lights in determining the correct bat and ball combo to use. In his case, they were using wood bats with junior wiffle balls. It just goes to show that the standard setup you’re used to, may not be the best option for your game. Change things up a bit and try new combos in order to achieve the best game for your setup.
Now, on to the best part…pictures!
Don’t mind me. Just spent the weekend in Louisville and visited the Slugger Factory/Museum. They let you hold and take a few swings with some awesome bats. This one is a game-used Mickey Mantle bat. If you ever find yourself in Louisville, or within a few hours of it, make the stop, it’s well worth it.
One of our users, JSS, has commented on a topic on the site. Because the comment was of such high quality in explaining how airflow over and through a wiffle ball works, I decided it needed it’s own post. Thanks JSS, for making a difficult to understand subject a little easier for everyone. Here’s the comment in it’s entirety.
Have you considered cutting/scuffing the side of the ball without the holes? You can get a slider to break about 4-6+ feet that way, as you induce a ‘slippery’ turbulent boundary layer to form on the side without holes. Batters think the pitch will go BEHIND them, then it crosses over and hits the zone. I used to aim at a spot (fence post) 3 feet behind the batter’s head when throwing it to hit the strike zone. The wiffle ball breaks toward the holes at slow speeds due to turbulence induced by the holes so the ball breaks toward the holes at slow speeds. At faster speeds, the ball will break away from the holes as the air flowing around the solid side sticks to it more (boundary layer theory), like the upper part of a wing, and deflects the ‘wake’ away from the direction it breaks. What you do by scuffing is lower the speed at which the ball will change from breaking towards to away from the holes, and the air “sticks to” the scuffed side even more efficiently (like the little traingular vortex generators on the leading edge of aircraft wings), causing a larger break distance, but the penalty is some speed is bled off from all of that air being deflected, no free lunch.
Here is the crazy thing: The ball size has everything to do with how fast the transition speed is, because of Reynold’s Number. Buy some wiffle junior balls, and some wiffle king balls (softball size). The wiffle kings will break away from the holes at a much slower pitch speed. The wiffle junior needs an even faster pitch than the regular wiffle ball to break away from the holes. The curious thing about the wiffle junior is that if thrown hard enough, it will break away from the holes for the first part of the pitch (until about 15 feet from the batter), then CHANGE direction and break towards the holes as it slows down. Really creepy pitch. A slider thrown by a RHP will appear to be unreachable at first to a right handed batter (break far out of reach outside), then just as the batter has made the decision not to swing, it will change direction and tap the strike zone, infuriating the batter. You can of course scuff the solid side of the junior balls to reduce the transition speed, making them act more like an unscuffed regular ball.
The Wiffle Kings can be thrown harder due to the extra mass; they carry further and keep their speed better, and the transition speed is very slow, like 25-30mph, then it starts breaking away from the holes. They can be hard to hit, and will actually dent the yellow wiffle bats. They curve less, because they are heavier, unless scuffed almost paper-thin, but then you lose the speed/momentum advantage.
We use the junior balls because they break towards the holes at medium pitch speeds (small backyard with tall ‘fences’), and we use lighter wooden bats: fungo bats (17-22 oz), the marucci stick, and the markwort corkball bat. It makes for a pretty fun time, mound is 41 feet from strike zone, about 38 feet to home.