Whether it’s a volleyball, football, basketball, playground ball, water polo ball, soccer ball, rugby ball, etc., etc., all inflatable balls feature a maximum pressure stamped right into the ball. This number can usually be found in close proximity to the inflation valve on the ball. A lot of individuals completely ignore this number until that fateful day when the ball they are inflating explodes in their hands, a scary and dangerous situation. Other see this number as a warning only. DO NOT INFLATE TO MORE THAN XXX POUNDS OF PRESSURE. At least they will not have to worry about the previously mentioned explosion. To those of us in the know however this number is more of a “sweet spot”, the pressure at which that particular ball will perform its best. In some cases you may find that a slightly different pressure performs better to you, your own custom “sweet spot”.
Don’t think that ball pressure is that important to your game? Have you ever bounced an under inflated basketball? Ever tried to get a spiral out of a football that needed some more air? Try spiking an under inflated volleyball. Ever kick a soccer ball and wonder why it didn’t travel in the correct direction. Under inflation could have been the problem. Inflation pressure is important not only to the longevity of the product but also its performance.
A lot of research money has gone into making sure that the bladder and valve on your ball will hold air correctly. Huge amounts of money have gone into developing new bladder technologies, that’s how important air retention is when it comes to inflatable sports balls. The sports balls of today don’t require nearly as much re-inflation as they used to which is good news. Another big stride taken against under inflated sports balls is the ability to purchase some very small hand pumps to keep your sports balls inflated to the proper level even on the fields.
Many products are available and they can all get the job done. The pocket pump, pocket pistol, double action hand pump, the 10”ball inflator. There are dozens of styles to choose from. There is one problem with most designs however. They can inflate the ball but they don’t tell you the current pressure. You need a separate inflation gauge for that. That is until now.
The new Pocket Pump With Gauge offers the handy size and easy to use design of the pocket pump with a built in pressure gauge so that you know when you have inflated the ball to its “sweet spot”. You can pick up your Pocket Pump With Gauge at www.morleyathletic.com where you will find all of the supplies and equipment you need to run a successful sports program.