THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HITTING MOTION USING BATS HAVING DIFFERENT LENGTH AND MASS BUT EQUAL MOMENT OF INERTIA

  • Kazutaka Takahashi
  • Kensuke Yamada
  • Yasushi Kariyama
  • Ryohei Hayashi
  • Takuya Yoshida
  • Amane Zushi
  • Koji Zushi
Keywords: swing velocity, training bat, trunk twist

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of hitting motion when using training bats with altered length and mass. Four different long bats (LB) and four different weight bats (WB) that had the equal moment of inertia (MOI) were manufactured based on a normal bat (NB; 0.84 m, 0.90 kg). Eleven male collegiate baseball players performed tee batting with maximal effort. The hitting motion was analyzed using a VICON (250 Hz) to collect nine reflective markers fixed on the body and bat. Results indicated that the angular displacement of the trunk twist tended to be larger in LB with increasing MOI. And it was remarkable in subjects with smaller angular displacement of trunk twist in NB. Thus, compared to WB, LB may contribute to a larger angular displacement of trunk twist, particularly in players with smaller angular displacement of trunk twist in NB.
Published
2016-05-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities