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The 7 best baseball radar guns 2024

As we work our way through the industry, we’ve realized that we haven’t spent much time looking at radar guns. A radar gun is a simple tool that can help you measure any strides you make in arm strength.

It’s not something that is required to help you improve, but it definitely helps you measure what improvement you’ve made when the difference is relatively small; it would be difficult to know that you’re throwing 2-3 MPH harder without having a radar gun.

About the author

Fred has been around dugouts and baseball fields his entire life. He has approximately 30 years of experience as a player, captain, and coach. He’s still active, and the relationships that he’s built let him see some of the newest equipment as soon as it makes it to the ball field.

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How we chose the radar guns for this list?

We’d like to preface the article by pointing out some of the key considerations you should look at when buying a radar gun. The most important thing that we’re looking for is accuracy. After all, what’s the point of having a radar gun that’s off by a significant amount?

Next, you should consider the speed range. If you’re throwing 90 MPH and the gun tops out at 80 MPH, it’s not going to be very useful.

Measuring range is also important. We’re looking for radar guns that can handle shooting at a distance. Especially in today’s market, we want as much data as possible. 60 feet isn’t going to cut it if we’re looking to measure an outfielder’s arm strength.

These are the best baseball radar guns you can buy:

  1. Pocket Radar Smart Coach
  2. Stalker Sport 2
  3. Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun
  4. The Jugs Gun
  5. Pocket Radar Pro System
  6. Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar
  7. SKLZ Bullet Ball

Pocket Radar Smart Coach

The top choice

  • Speed range: 25-130 MPH.
  • Measuring range: 120 feet.

The Pocket Radar Smart Coach is the best radar gun on the market in 2024. We like that the brand thought outside the box. Unlike the rest of the models that you’ll see, the Smart Coach looks more like an iPod than the typical speed gun.

Pocket Radar Smart Coach Radar Image: Pocket Radar

What makes the Smart Coach stand out is that it’s among the most accurate radar guns for baseball. Its accuracy reading with within 1 MPH. When looking at other radar gun reviews, you’ll find that this is consistently near the top of the list.

We’ve been impressed with how easy this radar gun is to use. We especially like using this radar gun for pitching because it gives us the flexibility to set the machine up and get readings without standing behind the plate.

Overall, the Pocket Radar Smart Coach offers the best features you’ll find on the market. With the ability to go back and look at dozens of pitches at a time, you can really fine-tune what you’re looking for. If money isn’t an issue, you can’t beat the Smart Coach.

What we like

  • Constant-on mode.
  • Automatic reading.
  • Ability to save 25 speeds.
  • Compatible with smartphone apps.
  • Great accuracy- within 1 MPH.

What we don’t like

  • Expensive.
  • Constant-on mode drains batteries fairly quickly.

Stalker Sport 2

The best multi-speed reader

  • Speed range: 5-150 MPH.
  • Measuring range: 300 feet.

What makes the Stalker Sport 2 stand out is its range and accuracy. It boasts a 300 foot range where it can read the speed of a pitch or the speed of a runner. It has a +/- 1 MPH accuracy.

Stalker Sport 2 Baseball Radar Gun Image: Stalker Sport

What makes the Stalker Sport 2 one of the best baseball pitch speed radar guns is that it is able to read the pitch at its release and as it crosses the plate at the same time.

There has been debate that where you read the pitch makes a significant different. A pitch reads faster out of the hand than it does as it crosses home plate. This model is able to show you both.

The Stalker Sport 2 is an outstanding model that will be able to handle everything you’re hoping to achieve. Its 300 foot range means that it can easily read an outfielder’s through. Its 20-hour battery life means that you’ll be able to use it for extended amounts of time without concern. Having this model backed by multiple MLB team means that it is a tool that you can trust.

Overall, this is one of the best radar guns on the market in 2024. Unfortunately, you’ll being pay up in a major way. Ultimately, we believe the quality outweighs the price and makes the Stalker Sport 2 one of the best baseball speed readers you’ll find.

What we like

  • Outstanding range.
  • Great accuracy.
  • Simultaneous speed readings.
  • Battery life up to 20 hours.
  • Boasts an MLB endorsement.

What we don’t like

  • Limited data recording.
  • Very expensive.

Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun

The best value radar gun

  • Speed range: 10-110 MPH for ball, 200 MPH for car.
  • Measuring range: 90 feet for ball, 1500 feet for car.

The Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun doesn’t have all the bells and whistles like the Smart Coach, but it’s one of the best radar guns for baseball and softball. Because it’s a point-and-shoot model, it’s flexible between both sports.

Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun Image: Bushnell

Bushnell claims that their accuracy is within 1 MPH of a true reading. Some fans think it’s interesting that you can use this model with a car as well. With the ability to read speeds of up to 200 MPH on a car that is up to 1500 feet away, this model could be used by police officers.

We really like the large LCD screen that makes it easy to read speeds. The expected battery life is about 500 readings before you need new batteries. With a $150 price tag, this may be the best budget radar gun that you can find.

What we like

  • Great pricing.
  • Great point-and-shoot model.
  • Tops out at 110 MPH.
  • Large LCD screen.

What we don’t like

  • No hands-free option.
  • Number of buttons makes it a bit more difficult to use.

The Jugs Gun

The most accurate radar gun

  • Speed range: 5-140 MPH.
  • Measuring range: 300 feet.

Jugs has become one of the premier names in baseball. Jugs holds a pretty prominent space in the radar gun market. They may offer the best baseball radar gun on the market, but they’ve made it so expensive that it knocks it down a few pegs.

The Jugs Gun has an accuracy index of +/- 0.5 MPH which makes it the most accurate radar gun. It’s quite impressive when add in a 300 foot range. The Jugs Gun offers a surprising amount of flexibility as well.

You can set it up to read in MPH or KPH. You can also set the radar to trigger mode or continuous mode. This offers you the flexibility to sit behind home plate and get a reading or work on other aspects of the field and still get a good reading.

Ultimately, it’s difficult to argue that this isn’t one of the best radar guns on the market. However, when you consider the price tag being three to four times more expensive than some of its top competitors, we can’t justify this being at the top of our list.

What we like

  • Best accuracy on the market.
  • 2-year warranty.
  • Flexible reading (MPH/KPH).
  • Can connect directly to a computer.
  • Comes with a carrying bag.

What we don’t like

  • Extremely expensive.
  • Relatively large.

Pocket Radar Pro System

The crowd pleaser – great for groups

  • Speed range: 10-130 MPH.
  • Measuring range: 200 feet.

Sometimes people just want to impress others. This is the perfect model for you. The Pro Radar System can read in MPH and KPH and has an accuracy of +/-1 MPH which puts it on average with most of its competition.

Pocket Radar Pro Radar System Image: Pocket Radar

The radar is able to be read up to about 100 feet which means that everyone can see the numbers. This is pretty similar to the set up that you’ll find at most carnivals.

Overall, the Pro Radar System is a fantastic model. It’s able to show the world data. We like the flexibility that it offers with regard to reading in MPH or KPH. Where this product really struggles is its price and how bulky it can be.

Ideally, you are either putting the reading on a fence or a tripod. The radar itself also uses a tripod. So, if you purchase this item, you’re looking at adding a radar, reader screen, and two tripods to your equipment that you have to lug around.

When you consider the additional luggage and the extremely high price, we can’t make this our top recommendation. The quality is unquestionable, but ultimately the price tag and amount of additional weight and hassle drop this item significantly in our reviews.

What we like

  • Great for crowds and competitions – everyone can read the speed.
  • Tracks the ball while batting, pitching, fielding.
  • Features long-term battery usage.

What we don’t like

  • High price tag.
  • Can be bulky if you need to use tripods for set up.

Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar

The best hitter’s radar

  • Speed range: 20-200 MPH.
  • Measuring range: about 1 foot.

The Swing Speed Radar doesn’t fit the mold of the other radars we’ve been analyzing. That being said, it still has a place on the market.

Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar Image: Sports Sensors

If knowledge is power, the Swing Speed Radar can provide you more data. This type of radar is typically used in golf, but Sports Sensor’s radar is able to analyze swing speed for baseball, softball, and golf.

The Swing Speed Radar is able to analyze speeds of 20 to 200 MPH. The key downfall that you’ll find with this model is that it can’t measure at a distance. The Swing Speed Radar needs to be used 8-10 inches away from the bat or club that you’re swinging.

What we like

  • Great swing speed range.
  • Reasonable price.
  • Easy set up.
  • No need for a partner.
  • Very durable.

What we don’t like

  • Minimal measuring range.
  • Specialized to swing speed.

SKLZ Bullet Ball

The best radar for young players

  • Speed range: 20-120 MPH.
  • Measuring range: 60 feet 6 inches.

This is a very specialized radar/speed sensor. They say that every problem has multiple possible solutions. While most companies decided to have a machine measure the speed of a ball, SKLZ opted for a different model all together. They chose to let the baseball measure how fast it’s moving.

It’s an incredibly simple model that comes with an equally reasonable price tag. The Bullet Ball could allow a team to monitor multiple players at the same time.

We like the Bullet Ball for its simplicity. It looks almost like any other baseball and the battery doesn’t seem to throw the weight off too much. It’s the best cheap radar gun, because it doesn’t require the high-end technology that some of the other radar guns have.

It’s worth noting that we, obviously, wouldn’t recommend using this ball for batting practice. You should focus on pitching with this ball.

What we like

  • Incredibly easy to use.
  • May be the cheapest option on the market.
  • Seemingly no extra equipment.

What we don’t like

  • Focused only pitching.
  • Very specific measuring range.


We hope you enjoyed our review of the best baseball radar guns on the market in 2024. Regardless of what you’re searching for, we think we’ve got it covered.

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any of these products, what is your take on them? Is there something we missed? Do you think that something should rank higher than where we have it?