Stitching a series of pole panoramas can take a long time but if you have a steady hand and take care of your shadow in the images then batch stitching is a real option to save you a lot of time.
Batch stitching is possible as long as all images are having a large overlap and are having enough details, for this reason I prefer not to use a zenith or nadir patch as these most times requires a manual intervention.
I wrote a tutorial with screenshots, demo images and PTGui templates to give you a quick start.
For the tutorial I used one set of images that are part of a small series of handheld and batch processed pole panoramas.
All panoramas are shot with a Fanotec Series 1 pole, R1 lens ring, R-D4 rotator, footplate, Canon 5D, Tokina firstname.lastname@example.org, 6 images around, tilt-15 degree, out of NPP forward shift of the lens 12 mm.
No post processing on the output is done.