PITTSBURGH – When taking a road trip to a faraway destination there is very often a very specific route to get from Point A to Point B.
Some routes may be obvious, others not so much. But through years and years of use, these specific routes have been deemed the best (or most ideal) way to arrive at a certain destination by the majority of travelers.
Baseball is different, however.
There is no specific way to arrive from Point A to Point B – in this case Point A representing the start of the baseball swing, and Point B representing contact with the ball.
There are certainly tried and true methods everyone one must do in order hit the ball and make square contact. But this is sort of like saying, “In order to get from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia one must put gas in their car,” – it just goes without saying.
After 100+ years of baseball there isn’t one specific swing that everyone can agree upon that will deliver immediate and/or consistent success. Some swings are quick, some are loopy, some start with the hands above the head, while others have the bat resting on the shoulders. Point being, there are many different methods in order to get from Point A to Point B – not all swings are created equal.
Moreover, not all SwingTracker scores are created equal either.
Let’s take a look at how two different players theoretically arrived from Point A to Point B in the same way, but in actuality arrived in two totally different ways.
Let’s revisit the the two images at the top of this post from the swings in question.
* Overall Scores *
The two swings above – each taken by a different SwingTracker user – registered a 7.4 overall score.
So what does that mean, exactly. Just because both swings equaled the same score, should we expect similar results?
In looking at the numbers, User A’s swing scores looks like this:
While User B’s swing scores look like this:
If we were to do a blind analysis without actually seeing the swings, we would say User A profiles more as a power hitter who would struggle to catch up to breaking pitches or fastballs, while User B would profile more as a singles hitter who can put the bat on the ball and find a way to get a hit.
Looking further into the power numbers, we can see from the two images below that User A has an Impact Momentum score that is a little over 1.5x higher than User B.
This means that User A was:
1) Using a heavier bat than User B
2) Swinging the heavier bat faster than the lighter bat being used by User B
Assuming solid contact is made by both hitters, User A would certainly be able to hit the ball both further and harder than User B.
* Power Scores *
While User A can boast the potential to hit the ball further than User B, the issue with User A would lie in actually making contact with the ball.
In taking a look at the Trigger To Impact scores for both, User B has an overwhelming advantage over User A.
* Quickness Scores *
User B has an average Trigger To Impact that is 75 milliseconds quicker – a huge advantage given it takes between 100 to 140 milliseconds for the brain to know where to point the eyes after it processes an image.
Unlike User A, User B has the ability to catch up to a breaking pitch or hit the ‘high heat’, given his elite Trigger To Impact scores.
Now let’s take a look at each swing in 3D:
* 3D Images *
We can see from the 3D image why User B has a much shorter Trigger To Impact score than User A.
User B has more of a compact motion, while User A has more of a ‘longer’ swing. Moreover, take a look at bat position at the start. User B starts with the bat right above his right shoulder, while User A starts with the bat well behind his shoulder and head.
This would explain too, why User A has the ability to generate more force, momentum and power than User B, but would perhaps struggle to catch up to certain pitches.