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For the perfect pitch, shop softballs for sale from Gopher Sport!

Whether they’re instructing beginners or advanced players, teachers and coaches need the best training softballs that stand up to hit after hit in physical education classes and team sports. For fastpitch players, Gopher offers the best brands with fastpitch softballs that equip players with accuracy, power, and control for top-level performance. Slowpitch softballs, featuring full-hardness and raised seams, boost hits for amazing distance and advance grip for pitchers. Instructors and coaches can choose from an assortment of the best softballs in the sport, including foam balls and flexible plastic balls for elementary students and introductory players gaining fundamental skills. Shop the Gopher softball ball collection and lob students and players with balls designed for out-of-the-park performance and durability.

How to choose a softball?

Soft Practice Softballs:

  • Ball Covers: Synthetic-leather provides the most realistic feel, nylon is friendlier and water-resistant, and rubber provides the most lively action and superior durability.
  • Core: Polyurethane is the most lively and realistic, sponge rubber and cloth provide slightly less bounce and are more forgiving, fiber and kapok are the least lively for hitting drills, and foam s the lightest and most friendly.
  • Hardness: Level 1 is soft and suitable for ages 5-8. Level 5 is distinctively harder and appropriate for ages 9-12.

Full-Hardness/Game Softballs:

  • Ball Covers: Leather offers the best grip, durability, and shape-retention. Synthetic-leather absorbs less water and is more stain-resistant.
  • Core: High-density cork has the best performance for baseballs, polyurethane is more lively and optimal for softballs, and cork/rubber are softer and friendlier for youth.
  • CDR (Coefficient of Restitution): Refers to the percentage of energy a ball retains. The higher the CDR rating the more lively action and bounce (ranges from 40-52).
  • Compression: Represents the amount of pounds-per-square-inch required to compress the core ¼”. The higher the rating the harder the ball and the father it will travel.
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