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09
19
2019

Implementing Hitting Plyo Balls into Your Practice Plan

Intro The Driveline Hitting PlyoCare Balls have been a staple of our in-gym and online training ever since their inception. The hitting plyo set includes four balls of differing weights, similar to the original plyo balls for pitching. Hitting Plyos have rapidly become one of our most sought-after p...

09
12
2019

Bauer Units, Pitch Movement, and Evaluating Pitches

At Driveline, Bauer Units have been used as a reference during pitch design since the pitch tracking technology such as the Rapsodo started to appear in 2016. We introduced Bauer Units in our original piece on spin rate and followed up with another article to define them more clearly. In this piece,...

09
03
2019

Baseball Australia and TRAQ

One of the earliest users of our TRAQ software was Baseball Australia. We recently spoke with their general manager of performance pathways and athlete development, Glenn Williams, to discuss how they have benefitted from the adoption.  Baseball Australia was initially interested in using TRAQ to co...

08
29
2019

How to Be a Biomechanist with Mokka

So you want to be a biomechanist? Well, you’re in luck! This blog will teach you about Mokka, a great open-source software program used for kinematic and kinetic analysis. You can use it to start looking at biomechanics data in 3D, for free! “But I don’t have any biomechanics data?” Don’t you worry!...

08
06
2019

The Complexities of Youth Baseball Development

Every year, there are many discussions on what makes a player good enough to be a top pick in the draft, a top prospect, or simply a top player at the MLB level. Inevitably, these discussions cover a wide range of opinions that typically return to looking at how a key point in their development was...

07
30
2019

Validating Rapsodo 2.0: Pitch Design Made Easier

As player development in baseball continues to rapidly evolve, the demand from coaches and facility owners to integrate sophisticated, reliable, and affordable technology into their players’ training plans has never been higher. In recent years, many products have entered the marketplace attempting...

07
23
2019

Quantifying Swing Decisions: An Individualized Approach

Overshadowed in an age of attack angles, launch angles, and bat sensors lies arguably one of the most fundamental, and perhaps misunderstood, concepts in all of hitting: swing decisions at the plate. What’s the count? Who’s pitching? What’s the score? Where was the pitch located? What was the qualit...

07
19
2019

Implementing the Axe Long Bat into Training

The Driveline Hitting Program is all about creating individualized programs to maximize player development. To accomplish this, we use several tools in varying degrees for each player, because each tool is designed to target specific swing flaws. The tools that people are most familiar with are our...