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Find out how this non-electric bowling machine can reach speeds of up to 140 kmph

The Freebowler Superthrower is a non-electric, portable bowling machine that produces natural variations in line and length providing a realistic batting experience.

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The Freebowler Superthrower is a brainchild of Bengaluru-based Pratheek Palanethra and Justin Jacobs. Pratheek came up with the idea to build an inexpensive, non-electric and portable bowling machine when he couldn't find anyone to practice cricket with, while pursuing a masters degree in the US. He roped in his then classmate Jacobs and what initially began as a class project turned into a full-fledged startup called Freebowler. (Image: Freebowler)
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The Freebowler Superthrower is a brainchild of Bengaluru-based Pratheek Palanethra and Justin Jacobs. Pratheek came up with the idea to build an inexpensive, non-electric and portable bowling machine when he couldn't find anyone to practice cricket with, while pursuing a masters degree in the US. He roped in his then classmate Jacobs and what initially began as a class project turned into a full-fledged startup called Freebowler. (Image: Freebowler)

The bowling machine called Freebowler Superthrower uses a sling action throwing arm to ‘bowl’ at speeds of up to 140 kmph. The machine can produce natural variations in line and length which provide for a realistic batting experience. (Image: Freebowler)
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The bowling machine called Freebowler Superthrower uses a sling action throwing arm to ‘bowl’ at speeds of up to 140 kmph. The machine can produce natural variations in line and length which provide for a realistic batting experience. (Image: Freebowler)

The throwing arm of the machine needs to be first pulled down and locked in place. Then the foot lever is pushed down and locked which actuates the spring action. (Image: Freebowler)
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The throwing arm of the machine needs to be first pulled down and locked in place. Then the foot lever is pushed down and locked which actuates the spring action. (Image: Freebowler)

The ball is then placed in the throwing cup and the throwing arm is released using a trigger handle that releases the ball towards the batsman. (Image: Freebowler)
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The ball is then placed in the throwing cup and the throwing arm is released using a trigger handle that releases the ball towards the batsman. (Image: Freebowler)

Unlike electric bowling machines which make use of dimpled polyurethane balls, the Freebowler Superthrower uses real cricket balls. This helps a batsman get a better feel of the ball while making contact with the middle of the bat. (Image: Freebowler)
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Unlike electric bowling machines which make use of dimpled polyurethane balls, the Freebowler Superthrower uses real cricket balls. This helps a batsman get a better feel of the ball while making contact with the middle of the bat. (Image: Freebowler)

The ball in the throwing cup can be set at different angles and orientations using a knob which induces variations in length and swings. The wheels at the bottom of the machine make it possible to move it around resulting in different lengths and bounce. (Image: Freebowler)
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The ball in the throwing cup can be set at different angles and orientations using a knob which induces variations in length and swings. The wheels at the bottom of the machine make it possible to move it around resulting in different lengths and bounce. (Image: Freebowler)

The device is manufactured in Bengaluru itself and is priced at Rs 40,000, which is way below in comparison to electric bowling machines that sell for over Rs 1 lakh. (Image: Freebowler)
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The device is manufactured in Bengaluru itself and is priced at Rs 40,000, which is way below in comparison to electric bowling machines that sell for over Rs 1 lakh. (Image: Freebowler)

The foldable Freebowler Superthrower machine can fit into an average cricket kit which makes it easy to carry. It weighs 28 kg. (Image: Freebowler)
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The foldable Freebowler Superthrower machine can fit into an average cricket kit which makes it easy to carry. It weighs 28 kg. (Image: Freebowler)

First Published on Dec 17, 2018 11:59 am
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