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]]>1) Stanton completely barreled that ball. Like, right on the sweet spot and thus, center of bat mass.

2) That pitch from Moyer looked to be a curve ball and those pitches are known to take off if you get your balance correct on the swing. The reason; ball spin. On a fastball, that pitch is spinning converse to the spin that’d you’d like to get from a nice, back spin laden drive. With a curve ball, you are simply allowing the ball to spin even faster. The pitch’s spin is actually already spinning the right direction for sustained carry.

]]>Thank you for the question. There are many factors that lead to certain launch angles – swing plane, contact point on the ball…etc. However, in a cage environment, exit velocity is not a determining factor as to where the ball comes in contact with the cage.

For instance, if you hit a ball with an exit velocity of 100 mph and a launch angle of 30° degrees and then a second ball with an exit velocity of 70 mph and a launch angle of 30° degrees, both will hit the same part of the cage (one will just hit the cage alot quicker and harder than the other).

Ultimately, the only part of the formula one needs to strictly abide to are the cage dimensions. If you are in a cage with a higher ‘roof’, then the ball hit with less exit velocity will descend quicker (see the bottom graph in the image link below)

http://diamondkinetics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/LaunchAngleExitVelocity2.png

]]>We measure Max Acceleration as a change in velocity (which is in distance/time). So, did you increase 5 mph in 1 second? This equals 5 mph/s.

So perhaps the reason your Max Acceleration is so high (and Applied Power low) is due to the bat weight. In order to literally ‘apply power’ to the swing, you must take the kinetic energy from your body to your hands and arms during the swing.

If you were swinging a broom, you could easily swing it really, really fast because the broom is so light. But the amount of effort (i.e. – energy) it took for you to swing the broom would be very low, no matter how hard you swung. There is a limit to the amount of energy you can apply, due to the amount of weight involved.

The suggestion here is to swing a heavier bat. You will be forced to swing harder in order to get the bat up to speed, therefore creating more energy during the swing and thus, more Applied Power.

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