NORTH SHORE, PGH – As we continue our look at Approach Angle, let’s take a dive into the Diamond Kinetics’ database.
The above graph represents all the swing scores for Approach Angle in the DK database. As our eyes will tell us, the mean average of all the scores (from Professional to Youth), sits slightly above zero, right around +3.
However, when we dig further into the numbers we can extrapolate beyond the mean and into one standard deviation above and below the mean, relative to skill level.
Here is where it gets interesting.
In the infographic below we have two charts that show the numbers one standard deviation above and below the mean, relative to Approach Angle, for all skill levels. As we can see there aren’t huge differences in the numbers as there were with Max Barrel Speed.
However, it’s interesting to note the specifics of the data in terms of the range for each skill level. The High School Softball and Professional skill levels had the smallest range between positive and negative (-9 to +11 and -8 to +14), where as Junior Varsity and Adult Rec each had the highest range (-15 to +15 and -18 to +12).
While there is no perfect score for Approach Angle, the one thing we do know is the smaller the difference between standard deviations, the better the swing. There is no singular way to approach Approach Angle, but finding that happy medium between a pop-up and a ground ball back to the pitcher – i.e. a line drive, fly ball to the gap or even a home run! – is what we are looking for in terms of the numbers we analyze for this swing metric.