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31
2019

A Deeper Dive into Fastball Spin Rate

In a previous article, we discussed the difference between cues and measurements as well as how technology is changing baseball. We now know that instead of simply repeating cues verbatim to players, learning more background knowledge of certain topics is needed. One of those topics is spin rate. As...

01
23
2019

How Do We Generate Spin?

With increasing accessibility to tools such as Rapsodo, Trackman, and Flightscope at all levels of the game, spin rate and spin axis have largely dominated much of the recent conversation revolving around pitch design and repertoire development. This greater emphasis should come as no surprise given...

11
08
2017

Pitch Grips and Changing Fastball Spin Rate

We still don’t know much about why pitchers can spin the same pitches differently, and we don’t know that much about ball flight either. But in working with a variety of pitchers on pitch development, we’ve seen some interesting differences in spin rate with our athletes. Some of these differences a...

11
02
2017

Reviewing Offspeed Pitches and Elbow Torque

With new research developments in other labs and our own facilities, we felt it was a good time to update our data set on offspeed pitches. Previously, we looked at offspeed pitches and were able to come close to replicating peer-reviewed research with the motus sensor. Essentially, fastballs were t...

11
28
2016

Spin Rate Part II: Spin Axis & Useful Spin

Building on Part One of this series we’ll be looking at how spin rate actually causes pitches to move, and what we can do to affect this. Review of Spin Rate: What we Know Now In our previous article we talked about the Magnus effect which, as a result of the backspin a thrown ball has, generates li...

11
17
2016

Spin Rate: What We Know Now

This article is intended to build a basis of knowledge of what we, at Driveline Baseball, understand about spin rate at this current time. We will hopefully answer some common questions that we receive and well as link out to resources that we’ve found helpful in understanding spin rate. This articl...

03
14
2014

How to Protect Your Curveball

I was recently in Spring Training with the MLB team I consult with, watching a few pitchers throw, when a Pitching Coordinator came over and remarked to another pitching coach that pitchers need to throw high fastballs to protect their curveball. I asked the coordinator to expand on his statement, a...