A ball straight out of the box leaves much to be desired in the area of control. In order to achieve success in getting the ball to the target, scuffing or cutting your ball is highly recommended. There are many specific cutting techniques such as Wiffleboy28′s in this video, but we have listed the most common three types. We will also rate their durability and amount of break when pitching on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best.
The Cut Ball
Using a steak knife, cut a small grid pattern on the top of the ball between the holes. Follow that by cutting three X’s down the plastic in between each hole. Finally cut random scores on the solid side of the ball. You also can scuff the ball with sandpaper before or after these steps. Durability: 2 | Break: 5
The Scuff Ball
Take a piece of sandpaper with a heavy grit (60 is preferred) and sand the entire outside surface of the ball as hard as you can. This helps greatly with ball movement when pitching, but you may need to re-sand the ball after a while if it smooths out. This is the quickest and easiest way to modify a wiffle ball. Some people will rub the ball on a rough surface, such as a brick or concrete, to get the same effect. Durability: 5 | Break: 3
The Screw Ball
This is basically the same as the cut ball with a few different tweaks. Using the sharp end of a screw, cut a small grid pattern into the top of the ball followed by making three X’s down the top side in between the holes. Finally use the screw tip to make random scores on the solid side of the ball. This is best paired with sanding the ball to get a rougher surface on the outside. Casey prefers sanding only the top half to get some good break with the ball. Durability: 4 | Break: 4
We suggest getting a few balls and experimenting with which scuffing/cutting style you find works best for you. The wiffle ball pros usually only use one ball at a time so they know exactly how it will break every time. We, on the other hand, are not that advanced. Good luck!