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Baseball Swing Load: If You Can Bend Sideways You Can Gain 4-MPH Bat Speed

Question: Does a Slight “Downhill” Shoulder Angle Before Landing Boost Baseball Swing Load & Bat Speed? In this baseball swing load “shoulder” angle experiment using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze what would happen to Bat & Hand Speed when we took 100 swings with a slight “Downhill” shoulder angle (about 8-10-degrees) versus…

How To Hit 120.5-mph Ball Exit Speeds Like Josh Donaldson

Amy Gill and Andrew Marden from KSEE24, a local sports news station here in Fresno, CA, put this video together of an HPL Batted Ball Distance Challenge held about a month ago. We worked primarily on testing “showing the numbers“, and the results were interesting… Twelve total hitters, ranging in ages from 8-17 years old.  Nine of them had been…

Baseball Swing Mechanics Experiment: Squash The Bug Ineffective?

Question: Do “Squish the Bug” Baseball Swing Mechanics Depress Bat Speed? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if the baseball swing mechanics “squishing/squashing the bug”, during the turn, increases or decreases bat speed.  The term “squishing the bug” means rotating the back foot, on the ground, during the turn.  Like you’re…

Proper Baseball Hitting Mechanics: “Hiding Hands” Zepp Experiment (featuring JD Martinez)

Boost “Top Out” Bat Speed By “Hiding The Hands”, Like JD Martinez…   Question: Does Hiding the Hands Increase Bat Speed versus NOT Hiding Them? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if hiding the hands from the pitcher prior to stride landing boosts bat speed, over not hiding them.  Some may…

Softball Batting Grip: “Door Knocking Knuckle” Swing Experiment

There’s Big Bat Speed in an Effective Softball Batting Grip (works for Baseball Too!) Question: Does a ‘door knocking knuckle’ batting grip increase bat and hand speed? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to see if using the “gorilla grip” or “door knocking knuckle” softball batting grip produces more bat and hand speed.  One of…

Baseball Hitting Drills For Bat Speed Experiment: Jose Bautista “Blocking”

“Blocking” Like Jose Bautista: A Baseball Hitting Drills For Bat Speed Experiment   Question: Does Landing Bent with the Front Knee & then Straightening it, Add Bat Speed? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze if “Blocking”, or using Ground Reaction Forces (GRF), produces a significant gain in bat speed.   Background Research Check…

Baseball Swing Plane Experiment: Staying Low Like Stephen Vogt

Getting Under The Ball Like Stephen Vogt – A Baseball Swing Plane Experiment Stephen Vogt side note: CLICK HERE to watch video of him doing referee impersonations, he’s apparently known for, on Intentional Talk.  That’s Johnny Gomes in the background 😀 Question: Can the Back Leg Angle Affect Ball Flight During the Final Turn? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I…

Babe Ruth Reveals Hand Tension?

Create Pre-Turn Hand Tension Like Babe Ruth Question: Do Relaxed Hands Really Lead to Higher Bat Speeds? Using the Zepp (Labs) Baseball app, I wanted to use the Scientific Method to analyze whether having relaxed hands or “hand-tension” – pre-turn – increases or decreases bat speed. Background Research To me, it just always looked like the all-time greats – Babe…

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