Bat Speed Radar Gun Feedback?
by Robert Canary
(OCASA, Hartford, Ky)
I have been looking at some types of radar guns to give our pitchers some feed back on their velocity, as well as for setting up the old Iron Mike sling arm in our training facility. However, I have come across a number of Doppler radar devices which include the ability to measure bat speed, the exit velocity of the ball, and the ball speed. All based on real time reading *not* guess-timated by reformulated equations.
One such device is the versatile but pricey Zelocity Pureflight. There are several other items on the market that use the same technology, but they don't break down the complete sequence of events as the Zelocity will do. The lesser models range from $100 - $200, but the Zelocity comes in at $900, but it will do a whole lot more.
What are your thoughts on such a training aid?
Swing Smarter Response:
Robert, this is an awesome find! I agree, it is a bit pricey, but all things considered, a great feedback mechanism for training and measuring bat speed. Ideally, the Zelocity Radar Gun would work for coaches, obviously, and might not be worth the cost for a parent tracking their young ball player, but hey, to each their own.
It looks like Zelocity made this for golf swing tracking and adapted it for baseball.
Like you said, what's really cool is, besides analyzing bat speed, it measures ball exit speed off the bat and pitch speed. All very good variables to test improvement in energy transfer from swing technique.
The best way to use this type of device is to experiment with different bat speed training regimes such as weight room routines, philosophies of hitting (rotation, linear, hybrid), swing intensity (100% swing versus 80%), etc. With the Zelocity Pureflight we can test multiple variables and training styles to see the best results in achieving increased bat speed.
Now Robert, you've had quite a bit of experience with this device?