The Science Behind The Swing

The baseball swing has been one of the most studied motions in sports, and yet there are still a great number of questions regarding what it takes to perfect the art of hitting. At Diamond Kinetics, we understand how complex the swing is and the variety of approaches there are. For the first time hitters and coaches now have powerful data and visual evidence at their fingertips to identify opportunities for technique improvement.

Diamond Kinetics provides insight and feedback on four major swing components:

Speed

Speed

Power

Power

Quickness

Quickness

Control

Control

THE COMPONENTS OF THE SWING

Speed

Speed is a very important part of the game. Particularly in hitting. It is a crucial factor in creating ball exit speed which correlates with how far the ball might travel if it doesn’t come in contact with another object (including a fielder’s glove).  SwingTracker calculates four specific Speed metrics that are then combined into your overall Speed score.

Power

Power at its core is a measure of energy and how that energy is transferred to the ball at contact.  The Power score is directly related to speed, but also includes other factors such as the mass of the bat and bat acceleration.  SwingTracker calculates three specific Power metrics that are combined to calculate your overall score.

Quickness

Quickness is critical to a hitters’ success since there are roughly 0.5 seconds between the time the pitcher releases the ball, and when it is caught by the catcher. One Quickness metric is used to calculate the overall score.

Control

Having Speed, Quickness and Power means very little unless a hitter is able to put the bat on the ball. The Control metrics directly correlate with how well a hitter is able to control the barrel of the bat from the start of the swing until impact.