Launch Angle & Exit Velocity: Before And After

PITTSBURGH(1 min read) In Part 5 of “How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate” at the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, Pro Swing Rx Master Hitting Instructor Dan Koosed continues his look at different case studies showing the before & after effects of teaching a swing that lends itself to a higher launch angle along with a larger exit velocity.

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The Physics Behind The Results

PITTSBURGH(5 min. read) As part of their presentation “How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate” from the 2017 American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, Diamond Kinetics co-founder and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Buddy Clark, in conjunction with Master Hitting Instructor Dan Koosed of Pro Swing Rx in Anaheim, Calif., discussed how and why exit velocity and launch angle are so important, relative to hitting success.

In the clip above (Part 3 of our series), Dr. Clark tells us the physics behind the results and why physics dictate that certain launch angles allow for a certain amount of ball travel distance, relative to exit velocity.

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How To Determine Launch Angles in the Batting Cage

PITTSBURGH(3 min read) As part of Dr. Buddy Clark and Dan Koosed’s presentation at the 2017 ABCA Convention How Technology Unlocked My True Potential At The Plate“, Mr. Koosed – Master Hitting Instructor at Pro Swing Rx in Anaheim, Calif. – touched on a topic at the crux of today’s modern swing instruction.

How to first understand (and then teach) the ideal swing to achieve the best possible launch angle results.

As Mr. Koosed points out in the above video, combining high exit velocity with a launch angle between 10° degrees and 30° degrees will likely lead to the best desired outcome. 

However, if one is not able to spend thousands of dollars on modern-day, high-tech equipment that can measure that specific metric, how does one go about calculating launch angles in order to have the ability to properly teach it? 

As Mr. Koosed illustrates in our video, there is a quick, easy, simple way that involves turning one’s batting cage into a measuring device with just a few pieces of tape and a tape measure.

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Long Reed: Applying Ken Griffey Jr.’s Strengths to Buddy Reed’s Swing

PITTSBURGH – As the No. 16 overall projected draft pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, Florida Gator outfielder Buddy Reed has earned the reputation among scouts as one of the best all-around athletes in the class with the chance to be a dynamic performer on both sides of the ball.

But ultimately, the final line on Reed speaks loudest – “how much he hits will ultimately determine his stock.”

The two main critiques scouts have about Reed is that he lacks power and consistency from the left side of the plate. His bat needs the most work, while his setup and approach are inconsistent. Reed has strength, though his lack of extension from the left side could keep him from showing any power that way.

Today we will show you how Reed can gain that power and consistency by analyzing Griffey Jr.’s swing and applying those strengths to Reed’s own move.

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Down And In: How Kris Bryant & Will Craig Crush The Low Pitch

PITTSBURGH – In 2012 as a sophomore at The University of San Diego, Kris Bryant hit .366/.483/.671 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs over 231 at-bats, posting one of the best offensive seasons in UCD baseball history¹.

In 2015 as a sophomore at Wake Forest University, Will Craig hit .382/.496/.702 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs over 191 at-bats, posting one of the best offensive seasons in Wake Forest baseball history.

Bryant is currently the starting third-baseman for the Chicago Cubs and reigning National League Rookie of The Year.

Craig is currently the starting third baseman for Wake Forest and reigning ACC Player of the Year.

The scouting report on Bryant said:

“His elite plus power is foul pole to foul pole with consistent sweet-spot contact. He can turn on the inside 95-97 mph fastball, and he is able to take the down-and-away breaking ball to the opposite field. He has an above-average arm, and I think he’ll be able to stay at third base … He has tremendous makeup, is a student of the game and has the ability to adjust and learn quickly.”

The scouting report on Craig says:

“For the three buckets of offense, Craig grades out really well. The contact frequency/contact quality pairing in particular are persuasive of his potential upside. When visually scouting Craig, I was very impressed with his ability to barrel the ball to the opposite field with authority … Craig shows a good ability to hit the ball with authority the other way, which is immensely valuable. Craig’s load and discharge are nice and he avoids wrapping the bat, which is positive, and likely a reason why his contact abilities are so strong … He offers outstanding offensive upside with a hit tool that grades at 60 and power that grades in that same range.”

Notice anything similar?

While it’s abundantly clear both players have nearly identical profiles and statistics, relative to their respective career stages, both also have similar swing styles (particularly when it comes to hitting the down and in pitch)

Today, we will analyze both Craig’s and Bryant’s swing and take a look at even more of the striking similarities between the two.

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