Fast Bowling Coach at Sussex CCC, Jon Lewis, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar for Cricket

Jon Lewis is one of many coaches in multiple sports that has found the value of adding speed measurements into practice as a powerful training aid for their players and coaching methods.  Unlike the bulkier and more expensive radar guns of the past, the Ball Coach radar was designed as a training tool for coaches and athletes.  It is accurate to within +/- 1 MPH (+/-2 KPH) from 36 meters away on a cricket ball, and its discreet size makes it ideal for measuring youth and professional players without affecting behavior.

The Ball Coach radar provides accurate speed measurements that have allowed players to develop a new level of confidence in hopes of improving their skills over time. Confidence is an acquired skill that is developed over time, but is key when training and performing. Coach Lewis believes his team’s overall performance has improved immensely due to the confidence they have gained from training with the Ball Coach radar.

Here is some feedback we received from Coach Lewis, and his use of the Ball Coach radar at practice with his players:

“I have been using the radar on a daily basis to monitor the air speed of all my bowlers both fast and spin bowlers, it provides me with an accurate reading of how fast the guys are bowling.  This gives me an idea of how they are physical and also gives me real time data that can help me coach my players more consistently.

For example in cricket because the ball bounces after delivery and every surface is different in density it can feel like you are not performing at your top speeds because of the reaction to the ball on the surface.  This can be distracting for a player and can cause them to force pace losing technique and subsequently having a negative mental and performance outcome.

Also I like to measure the change up and down in ball speed for our slower balls , your curve ball/slider/knuckleball etc etc, the radar gives me a great idea of whether the batsman/hitter will be deceived enough to get out.

I think the radar has real scope to aid the coach in cricket and is now an invaluable  tool in my kit bag.”

We look forward to hearing more upcoming results from Coach Lewis and the team, and if you have any questions or would like to share your Pocket Radar stories, please give is a call toll-free at 888-381-2672 from 9 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time, or e-mail us at


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2 Responses to “Fast Bowling Coach at Sussex CCC, Jon Lewis, Reviews the Ball Coach Radar for Cricket”

  • Sachin says:

    For measuring correct speed of Cricket balls how far behind one needs to stand behind the bowler. I have this, however I stand around 15 feet behind the bowler by find it showing at least speed less by approx 10kmph.
    Please advise or you think problem with the instrument.


    • Pocket Radar says:

      Hello Sachin,

      You can measure from behind the bowler at 15 feet away, however, there are many factors that need to be set up right to get good readings with any radar gun.

      One of the most important one is angles. All radar guns read lower when the radar beam is not directly aimed in-line with the path of the ball. To have it aimed in line from behind the bowler if they throw into the ground, you need to have the radar up higher than the release point and aimed so that the radar is tilting forward. The radar beam comes out of the radar unit focused down like a flashlight beam.

      It is probably easier to do this from behind a let with the ball coming towards you with the radar down low and tilted back slightly.

      We have developed some guidance here for using the product with cricket and the particular challenges.
      • Ensure you have the narrow focused radar beam directly in alignment with the path of the ball. Since a cricket ball is thrown in a downward motion, position the Ball Coach with a slight downward tilt if you are behind the bowler, or upward from below if the ball is coming towards the radar. You need to make sure the narrow radar beam is directly lined up with the path of the ball. If you are off angle all radars will read lower readings.
      • Ensure the cricket ball travels a minimum of 15 feet (4.6 meters) in the air before hitting the ground or a net or wall. This allows the Ball Coach radar to make the necessary measurements to find the fastest speed.
      • Check out the video on our cricket page for a good set-up and also a comparison video to competitive products.
      You should also make sure that there is nothing in the training environment that might cause interference with the radar, like fans, air conditioners, fluorescent lights, wireless devices or cell phone transmitters.

      Please verify your set-up, ensure you are doing these items and you will receive accurate readings. Please let me know if this helps and if there is anything additional I can do. We want to ensure you a good experience with the Ball Coach radar.

      Thanks, Pocket Radar Team




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