Swing changes through Motion Capture-Hitting Biomechanics
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2w ago
How do you improve upon a season in which you were named an All-American? In his freshman year at Oregon State, Travis Bazzana hit .306/.425/.478 with 16 doubles and 6 home runs enroute to Freshman All-American and All-Pac-12 honors. While most players and coaches would use the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra, Travis came to Driveline this summer with the goal of hitting the ball harder and making better contact with pitches up in the zone. Being able to measure how a hitter’s body moves throughout the swing is critical for understanding how to improve hitting performance. No two ..read more
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Executing a Remote Pitch Design with Online Training
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2w ago
A few months ago, F5 Sports and Driveline Baseball partnered to give athletes a chance to pair the pitchLogic ball with Driveline Online Pitching. In the months since we have started to build out reports and refine strategies to help athletes around the world get the same world-class pitch design feedback that they would encounter in-gym.  In pursuit of becoming the most data-driven remote training product on the market, we have come away with some impressive takeaways. But first, a refresher… What is pitchLogic? PitchLogic is a “smart” baseball that uses an Inertial Movement Unit (IMU ..read more
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The OpenBiomechanics Project: Driveline Goes Open Source
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1M ago
Over a decade ago, Driveline Founder Kyle Boddy proposed open-sourcing biomechanics data. Looking back, the premise was simple: Open-source pitch physics data fundamentally changed baseball. If open-source motion capture data could have a fraction of the same impact, we could change the game again. Last week, we finally started to deliver on that promise by launching The OpenBiomechanics Project, an open-source initiative for anonymized elite-level athletic motion capture data. Introducing the OpenBiomechanics Project from @DrivelineBB: the open source initiative for anonymized, elite-level ..read more
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Hitting Biomechanics
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2M ago
Barrel Direction At its core, hitting is a matter of hitting the ball hard at productive launch angles. In a physics-sense, that means creating an efficient collision between the bat and the ball. The direction in which the bat and ball are traveling as they collide plays a role in how energy is transferred between the two objects and in what direction the ball is hit. It’s easiest to illustrate why the direction of two objects matters in a collision by taking a look at a few simple examples (these visuals are from University of Colorado’s Collision Lab simulator, which you can check out to ge ..read more
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The Benefits of Simplicity in Youth Hitting Training
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3M ago
I heard this great quote the other day: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication At Driveline Baseball we’re obviously known to be data-driven, and while that is true (and won’t change), we don’t want our training environments for young players to be needlessly complicated – by data, or anything else that doesn’t serve our ultimate goal of skill development. To that end, one of the easiest ways to apply this idea of “sophisticated simplicity” is to use Hitting Plyos – specifically the Mini Hitting Plyos – when training young hitters. While we’ve discussed the benefits of Hitting Plyos before ..read more
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Biomechanics Recap – Summer ‘22
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3M ago
The 2022 college summer training season 2022 is winding down. Players are returning to school for fall ball, competing for playing time, and gearing up for the coming spring season. Back in Kent, we’re able to take a step back and catch our collective breath before ramping back up for the pro offseason in a few weeks. As we transition between those training periods, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on all we accomplished this summer. Here’s our by the numbers recap of the 2022 college summer at Driveline… All stats you see below are taken from our internal pitching and hitting bio ..read more
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Breaking New Ground: How Major League Teams Are Leveraging In-Game Biomechanics Data
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3M ago
Biomechanics used to be hard. Well, it’s still hard, but it used to be harder.  In order to collect traditional marker-based motion capture data–like the kind we’ve done at Driveline–there are a host of hoops to jump through. You need skilled technicians who know how to apply markers to the athletes. You need to have the athletes strip down to just their compression shorts for the session. You have to clean and process the data. You’re limited to only collecting biomechanics data in a controlled environment. In many cases you have to spend six figures on the equipment alone. Overall it’s ..read more
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A Quantitative Analysis of the Lead Leg Block and its Contributions to Velocity
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3M ago
Summary Throughout this post we’ll take a closer look at various aspects of the lead leg block in pitching, looking through our biomechanics database to better describe how the lead leg block works to enable pitchers to throw harder. To briefly summarize the main findings: -Athletes with more knee extension after foot plant throw harder (even within their own throws) on average. -Athletes with more COG deceleration after foot plant throw harder on average -COG deceleration correlates with front knee extension somewhat -The block driving faster or more total pelvis rotation after footplant does ..read more
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Hitting Biomechanics
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4M ago
Bat Speed, Point of Contact, and Rotational Velocities Since finalizing the hitting set-up in our motion capture lab (The Launchpad) in July of 2021, we’ve had hundreds of hitters come in for a motion capture assessment, including multiple MLB All Stars and top collegiate and pro prospects. At the time of writing, Driveline has collected biomechanical data on over 2,000 swings across a wide range of player talent from high schoolers up to some of the best hitters in the MLB. Screw it, let's do a hitting biomechanics breakdown thread In the last year we've done over 300+ hitting mocaps rang ..read more
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A Look Under the Hood: How Driveline Sport Science Collects, Processes, and Analyzes Thousands of Athletes’ Biomechanics Data
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by Kyle Lindley
4M ago
Driveline Baseball has long been baseball’s applied biomechanics leader. Since 2008, when founder Kyle Boddy started building his first motion capture lab in the aisles of Home Depot, Driveline has leveraged the value of objectively quantifying human movement. The lab has improved by leaps and bounds since then. Driveline R&D has iteratively refined the technology and underlying systems in our motion capture ecosystem. Our current setup, The Launchpad, features simultaneous markered and markerless motion capture data as well as a wealth of additional tracking technologies like Rapsodo, Tra ..read more
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