Common Sense Is Robbing You Of Power

joe dimaggio increase bat speed mythI’ve really been digging into some of the content at Performance Hitting Lab lately but something in the first module  has really got me interested. It talks about the usual common sense approach on the increase bat speed equals a more powerful hit. This is the myth that is so widely accept that, there are a plethora of sites dedicated to it. So today we are going to talk about,

  • The idea that increase bat speed does NOT mean more power.
  • And what is a better indicator of achieving a more explosive baseball swing.

Increase bat speed does NOT mean more power

I will explain why this myth can be proven wrong through this well known physics equation. That is Force (F) = Mass (M) x Acceleration (v). And I will also propose something that I learned from this course that goes better and can solve this problem. And hopefully get the creative baseball minds to better solutions then just using a lighter bat.

The way Joey Myers from Performance Hitting Labs explains it is he has us visualize the difference of say, getting hit by big rig truck going 30 mph as opposed to getting hit by a motorcycle traveling at 60 mph. Of course we are going to choose the motorcycle for survivability sake! Because we know that even though the big rig truck is going slower, there is still way more mass there to transfer more force.

So we can see that regardless of having a lighter bat over a heavier bat won’t necessarily translate into a more powerful swing. Taking away force with a lighter bat will not translate into a farther batted ball.

If you could maintain the same weight of bat but had the ability to have a quicker swing, would you?

Of course you would!

But I’ll get to that in a minute…

So What Is A Better Indicator?

That’s a very good question to ask which can be found in Sir Isaac Newtons laws of motion which says this:

Inertia: an object (barrel) in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force (baseball).

So I found out that the bat speed and mass is only part of the equation. So what makes up the other half of the equation?

I will get to that in a minute…

I want to assure you that Joey isn’t telling young kids to go out and buy a heavier bat to try and get more power into their swing. Chances are at such a young age, they probably won’t even be able to swing a heavier bat as it stands right now because of ineffective hitting mechanics. (For now at least. This course actually teaches better hitting mechanics.)

To answer the question I proposed above is that ball exit speed is what is important about batted ball distance and to a explosive baseball swing. The more velocity that the ball has when leaving the barrel, the more potential the ball has of going a greater distance.

And to answer your question about keeping the same weight but still having an increase bat speed? Well that just comes down to forward momentum and not segmenting your swing mechanics. All things that are easily fixable.

  • Having a lighter bat doesn’t necessarily translate into a more explosive baseball swing.
  • Inneffective hitting mechanics will keep a young athlete from an increase bat speed.
  • Ball exit speed will allow greater distance traveled on a batted ball.

If you like this new way of looking at things, and are curious in forward momentum and how to achieve a quicker BODY which leads to a increase bat speed, then you may want to take a look at this bootcamp for young baseball athletes.

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