HAND CAST DISTANCE

There are three parts to Diamond Kinetics’ overall Control metric – Approach Angle, Distance In The Zone and Hand Cast Distance.

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Hand Cast Distance


THE SCIENCE BEHIND HAND CAST DISTANCE:

Hand Cast Distance calculates the distance the hands move away from the body, from the start point of the swing until contact.

SwingTracker measures Hand Cast Distance from the point where the hands begin at the load position before the swing, to the point where the hands are at impact.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR BATTERS:

A larger Hand Cast Distance creates a ‘longer’ swing and thus, a longer Trigger to Impact time, as well as a slower Max Hand Speed and Max Bat Speed.

REAL WORLD SIMILARITY: When you are shaking hands with someone, you are normally an agreeable distance away from the person and extend your arm in a comfortable manner. Ultimately, this leads to a firm, steady handshake. If you attempt to shake hands at an uncomfortable distance from the person, you would have to extend your hand (and arm) out too far. This would most likely result in an unsteady, unsolid handshake. Similarly, in a baseball swing, the chances to make solid contact and drive the ball decrease when you cast your hands too far from the body during the swing.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR COACHES:

Hand Cast Distance is a great indicator of one’s pitching eye and how well the batter can recognize pitches that are outside of the strike zone. If the Hand Cast Distance score is too high, then the batter is reaching for pitches outside of the strike zone that are less than ideal to hit.

 

DK TIP: Hand Cast Distance results depend greatly on the swing type of each batter. While two batters may have the same Hand Cast Distance scores, they may be getting different results because each has a markedly different swing.

Some batters simply have ‘longer’ swings than others because of height and build differences. These types of players often extend their arms further during the swing, resulting in a higher Hand Cast Distance than a player with a different stature and different swing.

Measuring Hand Cast Distance versus yourself, as opposed to a teammate or another player is optimal in terms of making this metric work best for you.


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SWINGTRACKER FROM DIAMOND KINETICS CAN HELP KEEP TRACK OF HAND CAST DISTANCE AND OTHER SWING METRICS.