Shaw Sportexe Launches John Smoltz Signature Line of Baseball Turf

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TruHop Synthetic Baseball Turf Makes its Debut at ABCA Tradeshow

John Smoltz at the TruHop product launch, Anaheim CA

TruHop is the closest thing to natural grass for baseball fields of all levels.

Shaw Sportexe introduced its latest product innovation, TruHop™ synthetic baseball turf system, at the recent American Baseball Coaches Association annual show held in Anaheim, CA. Developed specifically for baseball applications and endorsed by former MLB pitcher, John Smoltz, TruHop is the closest thing to natural grass for baseball fields of all levels.

TruHop’s revolutionary design mirrors natural grass in terms of playability and performance with features and benefits, including:

  •          Truer ball roll—no snaking effect that might slow the ball down or shift directions
  •          No spring-boarding effect—a natural, true bounce for anticipated catches
  •          Controlled infill system—reduces infill splash
  •          All weather, 24/7 play—no shutting fields down or game cancellations for rain
  •          More durable—up to 4 times more play than natural grass
  •          Soft to the touch—non-abrasive, grass-like surface

Shaw Sportexe engineered the product from player feedback and conducting multiple athlete-surface and ball-surface tests including ball roll, ball bounce and vertical deformation.

TruHop is designed to fit any baseball field configuration. The system can be engineered with various pile heights and infill ratios to fit each performance area of the field including the infield, outfield, warning track, base path and foul lines.

The product is endorsed by former MLB pitcher, John Smoltz. “I’ve seen this product first-hand and I believe this will take baseball to the next level,” said Smoltz. “Unlike other synthetic turf systems, you are going to get more of a true bounce on a consistent surface. Best of all, it’s incredibly durable and you get more play time.”

“We are very excited to launch TruHop in the baseball market and are even more excited to partner with such a legendary icon,” commented Tom Enright, Divisional Vice President of Shaw Sportexe. “With someone like John supporting the product, we know we have an unrivaled product.”


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