In this post I am going to talk about:
- The importance of traction when going fast,
- A possible energy leak related to the baseball cleats, and
- I want to hear from you…
The Importance of Traction When Going Fast
When a car goes around a turn, traction is required to prevent sliding. In the following video, watch how the tire blew out, and the wheels without the tire couldn’t provide adequate traction.
A Possible Energy Leak Related to the Baseball Cleats
Watch the slow motion YouTube video of Albert Pujols’s swing, in the BIG video at the top of this post…
Look at the lead heel between 9 and 10 seconds. The heel slides forward about an inch, while the forefoot is stationary.
To his credit, Albert Pujols does get his lead foot stabilized just before contact.
Albert Pujols is one of the best hitters of our generation, and even with the initial sliding of his heel, he hits a home run.
Note from Joey Myers – I read an interesting quote from Dr. Gray Cook, the co-founder of the Functional Muscle Screen (or FMS), and he said that, “You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.” If the foot, especially the landing foot, loses contact with the ground during the turn, then the smaller hitter will have energy transfer issues. A good solid foundation with the front foot is key.
I Want to Hear from You…
What would have happened on a softer surface?
Should we be considering cleats of different lengths for different batter’s boxes?
How does Pujols produce his linear speed in such a short distance?
Give me your thoughts in the “Leave a Reply” section below…
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