FORWARD BAT SPEED

There are four parts to Diamond Kinetics’ overall Speed metric – Max Barrel Speed, Speed Efficiency, Max Hand Speed and Forward Bat Speed.

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Forward Bat Speed


THE SCIENCE BEHIND FORWARD BAT SPEED:

Forward Bat Speed is the speed of the barrel of the bat directed at the pitcher, at the moment of impact.

 


WHAT IT MEANS FOR BATTERS:

The closer that Forward Bat Speed is to Max Barrel Speed, the more effective you will be at driving the ball up the middle.

REAL WORLD SIMILARITY: When striking a nail with a hammer, the speed and angle at which the hammer moves when it strikes the nail, determines both the distance and the direction the nail moves. The same is true as it applies to Forward Bat Speed. The speed of the bat during the period when the bat is directed at the pitcher (at a 90 degree angle), determines Forward Bat Speed. 


WHAT IT MEANS FOR COACHES:

Forward Bat Speed is most relevant when you are trying to hit the ball up the middle. In terms of the specifics of the metrics, the closer that Forward Bat Speed is to Max Barrel Speed, the more effective the batter will be at driving the ball up the middle.

DK TIP: Forward Bat Speed is a very useful metric in terms of measuring just how solid (and square) the batter is making contact with the ball.


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SWINGTRACKER FROM DIAMOND KINETICS CAN HELP KEEP TRACK OF FORWARD BAT SPEED AND OTHER SWING METRICS.