Is launch angle and exit velocity hurting the game?
Time will tell whether launch angle and exit velocity is actually hurting the game or not. There is no doubt they have influenced it. I believe there are pro’s and con’s.
The Pro’s of measuring these things are that they give players, coaches and front offices measurable numbers of a player’s abilities or inabilities to hit the ball hard and drive the ball. These are what I am calling technical stats.
A technical stat (not the technique) is something that is measured for development or in a player’s process of improvement or routine.
Con’s of measuring these things are that by focusing on these things, situational awareness or game awareness suffers, especially late in games.
Situational awareness (approach) is the strategic part of the game that winning players/coaches/teams understand, the unseen stat that has never really been measured but know the guys who can do it and want to do it. Because they usually work at it.
I believe what makes hitting so confusing and the cause of a lot of anxiety is not understanding these and separating these two processes.
*Technical (mechanical) – pre-game preparation – maintenance, improvements-cage work, batting practice, on deck
*Strategic (mental)- in the box, what’s in front of you, pitchers, situation, scoreboard etc
The technical aspect and strategy of game should be separated as much as possible to avoid overthinking or being overwhelmed.
That being said both processes have to work to develop both players and teams who want to be successful.
In the end you still have to compete, get on base, score more runs then the other team to win the game.
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