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In 2016 and 2017, I worked with the hitters at Harris-Stowe State University, a small Historically Black College in St. Louis.

At the facility where we did our off-season workouts, we had access to a HitTrax system.

For FREE.

And we never used it.

Why?

Because hitting is a Drag Race.

And, in a Drag Race, Acceleration is paramount. And HitTrax doesn't measure acceleration.

Problem with HitTrax

Despite — or, I'd argue, BECAUSE of — my lack of faith in HitTrax, HSSU was one of the top offenses in all of NAIA, especially in 2017.

YEAR

AVG

SLG

OBP

2014

.298

.412

.369

2015

.263

.357

.350

2016

.311

.449

.400

2017

.334

.472

.420

2018

.286

.424

.387

2019

.276

.434

.354

That wasn't a coincidence.

Why?

Because of a concept called Swing Length that is critically important when it comes to the highest levels of baseball and fast-pitch softball, but is very rarely discussed.

Much as, "Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics," newbie hitting coaches talk Bat Speed/Exit Velocity but veterans talk Swing Length.

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