Live Visual Assessment Just Doesn’t Cut It

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Unless you’re in the professional ranks, you probably don’t have much access to technology that evaluates baseball performance. For too long now, coaches and players in amateur baseball have had to rely almost exclusively on visual assessment to dissect and evaluate a baseball swing. There a few limitations of depending exclusively on visual assessment:

  1. It’s Time Consuming. Our eyes can’t focus in multiple places at once. Because of this, coaches and players have to re-watch one swing dozens of times to focus on the players different areas: hands, feet, hips, head, etc. Assessing one swing can be extremely time consuming.
  2. Unable to Quantify Information. Our brains can’t quantify visual information. Without technical equipment we can’t tell how fast a bat is swung or the degree angle of a swing. We can take an educated guess, but that’s about it. Our brains only tell us things like, “I was late on that pitch” or “I chopped down on that swing”.
  3. Multi-Camera Setup. For any conclusive information to be gathered, there would have to be multiple camera’s set up. One viewing angle doesn’t provide enough information and something could always be missed. Multiple camera setups are both expensive and time consuming.

Luckily, we’re living in era of technology and innovation. Tools are emerging that can collect swing data and provide it to the player and coach. The real value is going beyond raw data to provide context and making the information actionable.

Diamond Kinetics is taking the collection of motion and analytics this one step further. Not only to do we collect swing metrics but we present it in a way that is understandable to the player and coach. Our SwingTracker leads its users to drills, exercises and tools that will consistently improve swing mechanics and performance.