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13
2020

Measuring and improving baseball swing efficiency

Bat speed is extremely important if you want to be a successful hitter at a high level (more details on bat speed here). With that in mind, a hitter can get a ton of value out of a swing metric that tells them how well, or efficiently, they are creating bat speed.  What is Swing Efficiency? Swing Ef...

03
30
2020

Hand Positions and Hitting: A Grip Study

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded with two outs, tie game. Aroldis Chapman is on the bump and he’s feeling himself. He just blew three straight fastballs by the previous hitter. You’re walking to the plate with the game on the line, and your coach is yelling at you from the top step...

05
16
2019

Debunking Bat Speed Myths

With the ability to measure bat speed and pair the findings to launch monitors and 3D motion devices, the claims on the relationship between bat speed and batted-ball characteristics can finally be examined. Coaches opinions on training bat speed vary, with some claiming that exit velocity will ofte...

10
12
2011

Fun with Myths: Hitting the Other Way (Jose Bautista)

Here’s a fun discussion you hear from your garden-variety hitting coaches: Successful hitters at the pro level look to go the other way. They are primarily interested in going gap to gap, and they aren’t pull conscious. Really? First of all, traditional scouts have used the term “l...

05
16
2011

Is Grip Strength Important for Hitters?

Everyone loves grip strength from a general physical preparedness (GPP) standpoint, and why not? It’s used on a daily basis by the majority of us. Moving boxes, hoisting furniture, opening jars of peanut butter, opening stuck doors, and so on. But does it matter when it comes to swinging a bat...