Remember that baseball scene in Twilight? The one where our favourite (or not so favourite) vampire family batted in time with the thunder? I’ve always wanted to learn how to bat properly in baseball, except of course in a safer environment — away from the rain and preferably not in the woods.
So can you imagine my elation when I heard that a safe, indoor baseball batting cage exists right here in Singapore?
Situated right beside Ayer Rajah CC and opened in 2014, Homerun Baseball is Singapore’s first fully automated indoor baseball batting cage.
While baseball batting cages are popular in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the activity is still a fresh sensation in Singapore. Like most cages overseas, Homerun Baseball operates on an arcade system, where players have to exchange cash for coin tokens before being allowed to play.
Non-members have to exchange $20 for five tokens and $40 for 11 tokens. Members, however, get to exchange $20 for six tokens, $40 for 13 tokens and $50 for 17 tokens, along with other perks.
The machines utilise a conveyor belt system that reloads the balls back to the machines, thereby saving players the hassle of picking them up. While the name “Homerun” suggests well, running, be assured that you are not required to chiong to any bases (thank goodness).
Helmets, gloves and bats are also provided. Homerun Baseball is split into two different sections – Batting and Pitching.
The 80km/h Batting Lanes
For those like myself who have zero experience at baseball batting, these are the perfect lanes for you. The difference? The left lane serves a softball and you get to bat at a closer distance, while the right lane serves a hard ball and is positioned further back.
The right lane is also the only lane suitable for left-handers to bat. It took me three misses before I started to get the hang of it, hitting the subsequent serves.
The 90km/h Batting Lane
Feeling confident, I decided to up the difficulty and took on the 90km/h batting lane. Again, this was manageable. A few misses, a few grazes and I was back on form.
The 110km/h Batting Lane
I call this the killer lane. Except for one or two grazes with the ball, I missed pretty much everything. This is definitely the lane for those of you who are pros or already have had loads of experience. You should also opt for this if you like a challenge!
Compared to Batting, Pitching is less strenuous and not as challenging. Once the coin is inserted, a baseball will be lightly tossed towards you. Grab it, and throw it towards the flashing target on the machine.
Hitting all nine boxes rewards you with a free drink. This does feel like an arcade game of sorts.
Opened till late on weekends, Homerun Baseball is the perfect place to hang out and unwind after a tiring week at work. Time to get those arm muscles swinging!
Prices: (Non-members) $20 for five tokens & $40 for 11 tokens, (Members) $20 for six tokens, $40 for 13 tokens & $50 for 17 tokens
Homerun Baseball: 200 Pandan Gardens, #01-01, Singapore 609336 | Opening Hours: (Mon to Thurs) 1pm – 11pm, (Fri) 1pm – 1am, (Sat) 9am – 3am, (Sun) 9am – 12am | Website
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