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Discussion: BAT HEAD SPEED

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Aug. 6, 2023
garyheifner
642 posts
BAT HEAD SPEED
What is the range (speed) that most seniors generate in the 80+ division?
Aug. 7, 2023
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3231 posts
My guess would be between 40 and 70. Just a guess
Aug. 7, 2023
bogie
Men's 65
448 posts
Bruce has a good range Id guess. Weve done a few at Woodlawn Hitting Club and within that range. Mostly likely Gary, people are testing ball exit speed off the bat. Almost everyone I know is testing exit speed vs bat head speed....What have you found for speeds?
Aug. 7, 2023
garyheifner
642 posts
My friend came to BP with a device that attached to the knob of my bat and he got read outs on his phone-some app. I thought I would be in the 60s plus, but over about 20 hits, I was between 49 and 55. Kinda like, when asked what was my average drive off the tee in golf. I guessed 225 yards or so, When I started to GPS, I was really 190-200. God, I am getting old.
Aug. 7, 2023
garyheifner
642 posts
P.S. My test results were with a Worth AT 18 end load 26 oz. Next time, I am going to use my Miken Ultra 27 oz balanced. Will see if there is any difference.
Aug. 10, 2023
Bruce M
Men's 55
121 posts
As usual, I agree with Bogie. I don't think bat speed is as important as exit speed. The general rule of distance potential is 4 feet for every mph. So, an exit speed of 90 mph is a potential of 360 feet. If you want to light up a radar gun, you need to hit line drives or grounders. Hitting a ball up in the air will lower your exit speed. Funny that. An exit speed line drive of 90 means 360 feet. Yet, if you hit a 350 foot home towering home run, your exit speed will likely read under 90 mph. That's why I think it is not extremely helpful to get hung up on a radar gun. That doesn't mean exit speed isn't important. I absolutely love Mike Macenko's bat drill, which he testifies will increase anyone's exit speed. I think mighty Mike is spot on. I think Bogie measured the legend, Ryan Harvey, at 113 + mph if memory serves me correctly.
Aug. 13, 2023
bogie
Men's 65
448 posts
Gary knowing you i would guess it should be higher. I would try to find someone with a pocket radar and check it. The knob I think can be subjective and perhaps not as accurate as true radar...
Aug. 13, 2023
bogie
Men's 65
448 posts
I measured Harvey at 121 mph..fastest ive checked
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