Balls to the wall
We have commissioned Blazo Welding to build us four new wall-ball targets. We currently use 14-inch square laminate boards screwed to the wall for targets. While workable, we think they are less functional than ceiling-mounted steel targets.
For one thing, the wall-mounted targets allow accuracy to be compromised. The shooter can use the backdrop of the wall to play the shot short (though it does not count) and knows that accuracy comes second to merely launching the ball upward. We want both simultaneously.
Moreover, the skid marks left by the imperfect shots are less than desirable. Another thing to consider with wall mounted targets is the structural integrity of the wall. People within the CrossFit community have reported loosening supporting structures and damaging wall surfaces by repeatedly shooting a heavier ball into a wall not designed to handle it.
Our design will mount to the overhead wooden beams and is constructed from steel-walled rectangular tubing and plate steel. The target surface is 1/4-inch plate steel, precision cut to the exact diameter (14 inches) of our Dynamax medicine balls. This leaves very little room for discussion about whether a shot is counted (get some points) or is a miss (go again). It also allows for good face-to-face competition among multiple shooters.
Our welder, Curt, dropped the first prototype by late last week for a test fit before he cranks out the final products. Though it was still rough and tacked together, we approved. The fit is perfect, and the target stays high and out of the way.
We will post more pictures as the fabrication comes in.