Another great article by Joe Lemire of sporttechie.com examining how swing biomechanics and the proliferation of technological tools are helping hitters.
“A major league club sent its superstar to Dr. Greg Rose’s biomechanics lab at the Titleist Performance Institute last year for a motion capture analysis. When time came for a few swings, the hitter, whom Rose describes as a top five player in the sport, asked to borrow a bat. Rose was astonished: “If Rickie Fowler showed up without his clubs, we wouldn’t be doing anything. That would never happen in golf.”
A hitter is nothing without his bat, yet its selection is often done by feel or whim. Maximizing force and pressure through the hands in contact with the bat, however, is relatively low-hanging fruit for improvement. “The area that is just the most shocking to me,” says Rose, “is that there’s no bat fitting, no shoe fitting, no glove fitting. It’s just people’s opinions on what feels good … it’s shocking what we can do to increase your exit velocity and launch angle by fitting you in the proper equipment.””