• Bownet Softball Product Review: How it Transformed Our Pre-Game Hitting

by Tim Covey

As softball coaches, we need a certain number of products to run an effective practice. The bownet softball big-mouth product can definitely help you this season…just like it helped me!

Just head to a travel tourney and you will see them popped-up all over the place!

Since this is a website with the goal of helping high school and travel ball coaches, helping you navigate the world of softball products is one more way I aim to help.

The last thing I want you to do is waste your money, or the money of your organization, on products that don’t help you achieve your goals!

So what makes the bownet softball big-mouth product so special?

Let me tell you how I got hooked on this product. Yes, I’m behind the times compared to some of you on this one. I was “turned on” to the bownet this past season.

I saw them frequently, but I had purchased too many “pop-up” nets in the past that I couldn’t stand. So I stayed away.

Then, when playing an away game, the opposing coach kindly offered to allow us to use theirs. Two of my players quickly responded “Coach we can set it up for you. We use these with our travel team all the time.”

So I figured I would give it a shot.

And “BOOM” 2 minutes later there it was. Two sturdy sock-nets that allowed my players to go through a productive pre-game hitting routine at someone else’s field.

This was MUCH better than what we were doing prior. Which was, in a nutshell, nearly killing each other doing “live” soft-toss hitting to the outfield.

Just imagine 10 girls spread out in the outfield looking like they are playing dodge ball with teammates hitting softballs at them. Yes, I’m embarrassed to admit it but that is what we did for away games.  FOR YEARS.

NOT RECOMMENDED.

OK, we were a lot safer about it then that. But it wasn’t good.

Here are a few points as to why I like the bownet softball big-mouth product:

  1. Easy Set-Up: Like I mentioned, my players had them up (and down) in just a minute or two.
  2. High-quality: Ours are new so I guess it’s hard to say for sure, but they seem to be very stable and durable. And the reviews I’ve seen suggest the same.
  3. Sturdy: The thing I hated about some of the pop-up nets I’ve used in the past is that if there was 5 mph wind “gust” they would fall down. Drove me nuts.
  4. Multi-Purpose: These can easily be used for hitting, but also for pitching and throwing drills as well.
  5. Easy to transport: This folds up into a small carrying case, making it incredibly easy to bring to away games (or travel tournaments).
  6. Lastly, because of #1-5, these nets are easy to use for practice on your home field as well. If you use a city field, a few of these nets will make your hitting stations WAY more productive and organized!

So needless to say, after my introduction to the bownet softball big-mouth product I quickly used the budget money I had left and purchased 2 of them.

So don’t come to our away games to watch pre-game dodge-ball…we don’t play it anymore…sorry.

Want more information about this product? Click HERE for reviews, prices, and more information!

Update: At the time that I originally wrote this article, we had mainly used the bownet softball product for pre-game hitting. We are now a few weeks into our fall season, and use these nearly every day.

Below is a few additional pieces of information regarding this product:

  1. This truly is INCREDIBLY easy to set-up, take-down, and transport. I typically ask a couple of players to get the nets set-up and they take care of it in a couple of minutes.
  2. We do skill-workouts during our fall season. I am finding the Bownets to be very helpful for drills in which I want players to throw into a net. For example, if you do not have a 1st baseman at practice the net can take her place for a drill. Sometimes I want every player doing the same drill to isolate a skill…in which case I will use one of our bownets.
  3. If you do not have the budget money for the bownet softball big-mouth, there are cheaper alternatives such as the PowerNet Softball Product. I have never used the PowerNet Version, but these are typically close to $75 compared to the $150 BowNet.

Whether you decide to use the BowNet softball product or the less expensive version of the PowerNet, these products are great for helping you run an organized and efficient practice!

If you want to take pre-game hitting (especially at a tournament or an away game), then these are awesome!

Want to isolate skills with your infielders, then these are great!

If you want to have your outfielders throw to a cut-off for drills without having to use a spare player, then consider the BowNet.

If you don’t have enough infielders to take throws at bases, then these are perfect to take their place.

Need your pitchers to do a work-out but don’t have a catcher? Then get a BowNet!

If your daughter wants to work on hitting, throwing, or pitching at home…the BowNet softball big-mouth will be perfect for her!

The Bownet Softball Big-Mouth product has multiple uses and I highly recommend it for your program!



Tim Covey
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