Another way to measure bat speed

Developing good bat speed is important to hitting. Because of its significance there are all kinds of ways of measuring it. Chair picture

You can use a radar gun. You can use an electronic swing analyzer. There are probably a couple of others that involve advanced technology.

And then there’s what’s depicted here. At the start of this session, this was a fully intact plastic chair. The way it looks now is the result of a line drive off the bat of Emma Bartz.

The chair was about 30 feet away. One second it was fine, the next split second it looked like this.

She hit it so hard that the chair didn’t even move. The ball just went straight on through.

Oh, and by the way, this was off a tee. I can only imagine what would’ve happened if you added the pitch velocity to it.

It was pretty cool to see. On the other hand, I also made sure to tell her the time-honored phrase: No chip-ins.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on January 20, 2016, in Hitting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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