IMPACT MOMENTUM

There are three parts to Diamond Kinetics’ overall Power metric – Maximum Acceleration, Applied Power and Impact Momentum.

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Impact Momentum


THE SCIENCE BEHIND IMPACT MOMENTUM:

Impact Momentum is the amount of momentum in the bat when the bat makes contact with the ball. It is determined by barrel speed at impact, and the weight of the bat.

 


WHAT IT MEANS FOR BATTERS:

The higher the Impact Momentum, the further the ball will travel after contact.

REAL WORLD SIMILARITY: If a sports car and a dump truck are both moving at 60 miles per hour, the dump truck – in this case the heavier object – has more momentum than the sports car. Therefore, if two batters both had the same swing speed, the batter using the heavier weighted bat would have more momentum, and thus be able to hit the ball further after contact. 


WHAT IT MEANS FOR COACHES:

This measure is the one most closely associated with the power of the hitter. This is because higher momentum directly relates to further hit balls.

DK TIP: A heavier bat may lead to higher momentum, and therefore further travel distance for a hit ball, as long as the heavier bat does not cause too much loss in barrel speed.


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SWINGTRACKER FROM DIAMOND KINETICS CAN HELP KEEP TRACK OF IMPACT MOMENTUM AND OTHER SWING METRICS.