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One metric that is currently being used at the highest levels of baseball and softball that has trickled down into the high school and youth levels is a hitter’s exit velocity, or the speed of the baseball or softball off the bat. Exit velocity is measured using a radar gun and is the only direct measure of the power behind a hit. Pocket radar measures exit velocity with ease.
Studies have shown that for every extra one mile-per-hour added to exit velocity, the ball will travel an estimated four to six feet further, depending on its trajectory and launch angle. That means exit velocity has a direct effect on whether a player has warning track power or home run power, if they can drive the ball into the gaps for extra-base hits, and if they can hit the ball hard enough to put more pressure on the defense and slow down their reaction time.
Coaches and players discuss the value of adding a radar gun to measure ball exit speed. They share how adding measurement as an instant feedback tool can help improve hitting power and skills.
Check out social media videos measuring Exit Velocity using the Smart Coach Radar and Companion App. You can watch other baseball and softball players hitting for power and working to improve exit velocity on their hitting.
Our Ball Coach radar which measures exit velocity was featured on Baseball Player University TV, airing on Fox Sports Arizona and MASN network. Jeff Forney is the former strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Owner/Founder of Triple Threat Baseball Elite Hitting and Performance Training Center.
Learn the definition of Exit Velocity, via Statcast, and check out articles from around the web discussing how to measure exit velocity and its importance.
Check out scientific articles from around the web stressing the value behind measuring Exit Velocity.
As the education of Ball Exit Speed (Exit Velocity) continues to spread throughout baseball and softball, we are very excited to see it being included as a Testing Measurable in the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Top Recruit camps magazine. Written by former Dartmouth Head Coach, Rachel Hanson, the NFCA Testing Measurables “serve as an aid to both coaches and recruits as an early step in the recruiting process.”
Download our Perceived Velocity Conversion Charts for Baseball and Fastpitch.