12 Steps to Analyzing Hitting Mechanics

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

baseball swing

Hitting an MLB fastball requires the application of a huge amount of energy in the blink of an eye- roughly 130ms to be exact. That’s about a 1/8th of a second. Only through a coordinated series of contractions involving not only muscles but joints and connective tissue traveling up the kinetic chain into the hands and ultimately the bat/ball can we achieve adequate bat speed and quickness to hit a baseball traveling at speeds north of 90 mph.

This article is meant to familiarize many of you with the 12 positions in hitting mechanics that we look at when analyzing video at RPP (it’s not a “how-to” blog on analyzing mechanics). 

Hitting mechanics (much like pitching), can be broken down into 2 distinct Phases. Continue reading “12 Steps to Analyzing Hitting Mechanics”

The Swing Cycle… The Rotational Phase (Part 3)

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

In review, the swing cycle is broken down into 2 phases:

    • The Stride Phase (linear)
    • The Swing Phase (rotational)

In Parts 1 and 2 we broke down the linear phase into 7 patterns/positions that I use as a point of reference when looking at mechanics.  Today, we’ll finish up this 3-part series by taking a look at the Swing Phase (rotational).

Continue reading “The Swing Cycle… The Rotational Phase (Part 3)”

Video Analysis: What is Sway and How Can you Address it?

By Evan Klugerman (BA, Director of Hitting at RPP) and Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS)

In this series of short articles and video analyses, as a part of assessing our hitters, I will be going over different components of a players’ swing, while Nunzio will help highlight potential issues and correctives both inside and outside the nets. Today’s topic is “Sway” and it starts at stance and set up… Continue reading “Video Analysis: What is Sway and How Can you Address it?”

Assessing Hitters at RPP on Day One

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS), Evan Klugerman (BA, Director of Hitting at RPP) and Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA)

hitting assessment

As an athlete, you are not able to move efficiently if your body isn’t in a position to do so. Incorporating assessments, strength training and data analytics into how we train players is a bit of an art. Since each and every player is different in every way, the key is to parse through the information and determine which pieces are relevant for each player. Below is a typical testing day for position players at our facility and it’s broken up into several sections:

Let’s review these with some specificity… Continue reading “Assessing Hitters at RPP on Day One”

The Swing Cycle… The Linear Phase (Part 2)

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

The Swing Cycle is broken down into 2 Phases:

    • The Stride Phase (linear)
    • The Swing Phase (rotational)

In Part 1 we began breaking down the linear phase into 8 patterns/positions that I use as a point of reference when looking at mechanics.  We covered positions 1 through 4 and they can be viewed here.  Today, we’ll talk a bit about positions 5 through 8 before moving on to the rotation phase: Continue reading “The Swing Cycle… The Linear Phase (Part 2)”

Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…

Bahram Shirazi (BSEE, MBA, Owner RPP)

During the past couple of weeks both PBR and Headfirst Honor Roll showcases have announced partnerships with Blast Motion, whereby participants will begin hitting with Blast sensors during their events.  Although they’re not the first to do this, more showcases are following this trend.  On the one hand this is great news for the game. Technology is changing baseball for the better and the data can be invaluable for both evaluation and training. On the other hand, although I have a ton of respect for both of these companies, there is an issue. Continue reading “Going to a Showcase Soon? Did you Hear…”

The Swing Cycle… Linear Phase (Part 1)

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

Baseball swing cycle

Hitting an MLB fastball requires the application of a huge amount of energy in the blink of an eye- roughly 130ms to be exact. That’s about a 1/8th of a second. Only through a coordinated series of contractions involving not only muscles but joints and connective tissue traveling up the kinetic chain into the hands and ultimately the bat/ball can we achieve adequate bat speed (bat head peak velocity through the zone) and quickness (time from launch to contact) to hit a baseball traveling at speeds north of 90 mph. This series is meant to familiarize many of you with the positions in the swing that we look at when analyzing video at RPP (it’s not a “how-to” blog on analyzing mechanics). Continue reading “The Swing Cycle… Linear Phase (Part 1)”

Creating Stability and Better Energy Transfer in the Swing

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

I was sitting with our Director of Hitting Evan Klugerman yesterday and he brought up a great point regarding efficient sequencing and mechanics when looking at K-Vest data. While collecting data for our high school guys, he was surprised at how many inconsistencies there were in sequencing from swing to swing within the same player profile, as compared to the MiLB guys he had been testing last year with the Orioles. I thought it would be a great quick blog. Continue reading “Creating Stability and Better Energy Transfer in the Swing”

Addressing Deficiencies in Rotational Acceleration

By Nunzio Signore (BA, CSCS, CPT, NASM, FMS)

I recently helped our data intern out a bit with a blog he was working on during his internship here. It’s titled Addressing Swing Deficiencies Using Blast Motion Metrics, and in case you haven’t read it yet, let me first say he absolutely crushed it. But it also made me realize that this may be a great topic to expand upon a bit further. As a result, I will be releasing this blog in a few different parts.

When an athlete comes into RPP, they receive a physical assessment, as well as a full hitting analysis. This analysis along with the strength/mobility assessment makes up the critical pieces for creating the best “game-plan” for our hitters. The 4 pieces of tech that we use to assess our hitters are as follows: Continue reading “Addressing Deficiencies in Rotational Acceleration”