Balls

Overview

When you amass a collection of bats like we have, you tend to end up with many variations of the traditional wiffle ball. Although we stick to the Original Wiffle Ball and the Blitzball, we will break down the different ones we have come in contact with and tested.  Knowledge is power, people.

Reviewed Balls

The Original Wiffle Ball

Blitzball

Slurve Ball

Junk Ball

The “All Holes” Ball

Nerf Swerve Ball

Easton Ball

Sandlot Stick – Diamond Ball

Junk Ball – Unbreakaball

41 Replies to “Balls”

  1. Just recently started getting into wiffleball and have been looking everywhere for more wiffleball balls. None at walmart, toys r us, or sports authority. You would think you’d find the original wiffleball everywhere. I wonder why a lot of regular stores don’t carry them anymore. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    1. Good question Jon. We’ve had trouble finding them as well. Our best find so far was at a store called, “Five Below.” It’s a dollar store of sorts with the emphasis on everything being under $5. You outta see the looks on their faces when we walk out with every wiffle ball they’ve got. Amazon might be your best bet. Good luck, happy wiffling.

    2. Hey Jon! I thought I would add my two cents to this question. Our first batch of balls were bought from Amazon which is the cheapest place I’ve found per ball. Dick’s Sporting Goods also sells balls, but I would call ahead to make sure they have some before going over. Your best bet would be to call around to local sporting goods stores and ask if they carry them or have them in stock. Good luck!

  2. Just tryed out the original wiffle ball. They didn’t go very far (granite there wasn’t great conditions). Is that just how they are and were gonna have to get used to it?

    1. Hi Todd. To answer your question simply, they don’t go very far, especially after watching a baseball fly off the bat. With an original yellow wiffle bat and an original wiffle ball, you can expect a maximum distance of between 80 and 100 feet. Change bats and you can probably get up to about 150 feet. Use a solid construction ball, i.e., the junk ball, and that distance may approach 180 feet.

      The point, though, is that wiffle ball is not baseball, and therefore adjustments must be made. We play with a fence that’s 80 feet to the corners and 90 feet to dead center. Things play much smaller which is another reason it’s fun.

      Thanks for looking us up, happy wiffling!

    1. The bat has a lot to do with it…different bats yield very different results. It may also be the camera angle. I’m sure that if it were viewed from the side, it may not appear to be as far.

    2. It is definitely the bat that helps with your distance. The longest recorded home run for us was 150 ft. The bat that hit our 150 ft bomb was the grey Powerhouse bat with a wood dowel running down the middle for weight and stability. I’ll be putting up a section in a bit about how to cork your bat to give you more distance. The other option is to use a heavier weight ball like the Junk Ball. They tend to dent and have the plastic band break off but they do fly farther than the traditional balls and can also be thrown faster. Good luck!

    1. I will certainly look into that. Thanks for featuring us on your webpage! Pretty psyched about the added traffic you’re generating for us. Do you know if the bat’s worth the money, or should we just go for the balls?

    1. Hey Marc. The balls we use in the videos are official wiffle balls. Same ones we recommend. If I have literally…only a $10 dollar bill, I buy the Easton Pro Stix 1000 from the link we posted. It’s a GREAT bat for the money no doubt about it. For a few bucks more, the Nerf Swerve is also a solid option, but we’ve found it to be a little more difficult to track down. As long as you hit original wiffle balls with the Easton, you should have no problems. Good luck. Happy wiffling.

    1. We like the Original Wiffle Ball a lot. We feel that it pitches very well and comes off the bat as well as most. It provides the best mix of hittability and pitchability of any ball we’ve tested. That said, there are balls that will travel farther (junk, slurve, easton solid ball), however, they are all inconsistent and shoddy at best. We feel that the definite best option for a game is the original wiffle ball. If you’re trying to hit the ball really far with a more solid ball, you run the risk of breaking bats. I guess it’s a six of one, half-dozen of the other situation. Regardless, enjoy yourself, and happy wiffling.

    2. Hey Marc! I agree with Chad that the Easton Pro Stix is the bat to go with for less than $10. Sports Authority is known to carry them if you have one in your area or don’t want to pay for shipping. The Nerf Swerve bat can be found at Toys R Us. Last time I was there they were going for around $14 with the included Nerf ball. Either one is a good choice

  3. Hey Chad – The bat is pretty nice. It was made by the same company that makes the Ken Griffey Jr. Bat…at least that’s what I’ve been told by the guy who makes the Blitz Balls. You can read an interview I had with him in our first issue of our magazine if you’d like.

    1. @Wiffler’s Digest…are you referring to the Easton or Nerf bat that is made by the same company as the Ken Griffey Jr. Bat? Just checking…thanks!

      1. Ryan:

        He’s referring to the Blitzball bat. We have one coming shortly. Expect a review within two weeks. Rome wasn’t built in a day! 🙂 Wiffler’s Digest, sorry for poaching your question!

    2. I read the article and contacted Aaron. He’s sending us some stuff to review tomorrow. Should be here around the end of the week I imagine, however, I’ll be out of town for a vacation. So expect blitzball/bat reviews end of next week most likely. Thanks for the recommendation. By the way, the magazine looks really good! We’d be happy to contribute!

        1. It’s getting pretty ridiculous already. I believe we have around twenty right now (doubles/triples included). I already had to build a wall full of shelves to hold the fences, kzone, etc. The bats may need a garage of their own!

  4. So after going everywhere looking for authentic wiffle balls, I finally found them at a grocery store (Railey’s). They only had 9 so I bought them all. And I recently just placed a bulk order of wiffle balls online (72 for $80) which is a good deal. Free shipping too. Hopefully it will get here before this upcoming weekend.

      1. No tournament yet… just wanted to have a lot of balls for modding, and for some upcoming homerun derby. Trying to get together enough people to start a small league soon.

  5. Can’t wait to see the Blitzball/bat review. You guys can contribute to the magazine any way you wish. We always need articles so if you have any written reviews that you’d like to see in print send them over. Or if you have some insight on being a stay-at-home dad wiffler, that would probably make interesting reading material as well. My email is wifflersdigest@gmail.com if you want to bounce any ideas off me. I’m all ears.

    1. The blitzball gear arrived today, I’m out of town starting tomorrow and we got a massive rainout after about a dozen pitches today…all told though, we’re very excited too! We’ll shoot you some content, count on it.

  6. Hey just got new wiffle and blitz balls for something i did and do some games with friends 6innings each and each game so far ive pitched a perfect or no hit game from your techniques and i owe it all to you so thankyou so much your the best!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Glad it’s worked out well for you! We try to keep them as basic as possible. Hopefully you continue to improve, maybe you’ll shoot us some new techniques as you figure them out! Happy wiffling!

  7. So as you guys know about my tournaments here in narion. Thinking if tweaking tourney rules next year. We will use the regular wiffleball but how do you think that ball would react if we added allowable bats such as the ken griffey bat and the junkball bat?

    1. I’m not sure of the details, but you’ll certainly need to make adjustments to expect additional 15-20 feet on balls hit. The ball comes off the bat way hotter as well, so I’d look into moving the mound back to at least 45 feet (not sure what it’s currently set at). The game will be more explosive and higher scoring, so if that’s what you’re going for, then, great! Let us know what else we can do to help.

      1. I’ve seen them on excursions and ebay recently. I guess they have more pop, but less movement. I was wondering if they throw more like a baseball. It would be sweet if they put some fat seams on them!

    1. Sorry Andy. Can’t help you on this one either. I’m striking out here, literally. Haven’t seen them or used them before. If you wind up with them, let me know what they are like. Thanks!

      1. Chad,

        I got some of the Franklin MLB’s and they are pretty sweet! It is definitely borderline whether your still playing wiffle ball or not though. They are really fun to pitch and travel more like a real baseball, but have more natural movement on heat. Curves, sliders, and change-ups can all be thrown like a baseball.

        And for hitting, they are great if you like some epic jacks! They probably fly a bit far for most wiffle yards. I was contact hitting them out of a 150′ park and am going to give them a try at 190-200′. I have never tried blitzballs, but am thinking these are similar from your guy’s descriptions. These probably won’t break quite as nasty though.

        In comparison to the easton ball that comes with the pro stick, these are light years ahead. They are a bit softer (but still pretty hard), have lower seems, and have all around dimples like yellow pitching machine balls (but not as deep). I think that the dimples add break, control, and distance characteristics to these balls. To sum it up, the Franklin MLB’s are great for those who want a baseball-like feel and the ability to play at smaller hardball and softball parks.

  8. Hey guys! We have recently began a small league and we have been using the stee-rike 3 training balls from Wal-mart. I was wondering if you all have used these. what do they compare too, if so?

    1. Cory,

      The stee-rike-3’s are harder than traditional wiffle balls and fly further. I would say that you can pitch them a little faster/easier too (esp. the white ones with holes on both sides). The green curveballs are a bit squirrely to pitch, but fly even further (~140′ vs. ~125~ with the easton bat). I would say the main drawback to these is they dent. They don’t seem to crack easily though and would probably last forever. Plus they are cheap as hell from walmart.com ($12.97 for 24 balls!). I would consider using these for a league in a slightly bigger field (115′-135′-115′) or so. Hope this helps.

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