Don't forget it is the amazing eye sight of Barry that made him the hitter he was. Sure he had great mechanics, mechanics that could have been achieved from 10 different styles. But...... what made him special was the ability due to crazy good eye site, pick up the pitch early, identifying spin and all the other possible variables and know (predict) the pitch after the first 15ft that the pitch was going to be a x. Teaching batters to identify spin and therefore pitch location and therefore bat path is the ultimate accomplishment. The batters that can do this, become HOFs, regardless of their "style" of hitting. The greatest are the one who can predict the future. At least better than the rest.If we are breaking it down in the physical sense. It would be ‘bat’ speed is when the bat is accelerating. That’s launch or commitment right? That would not be what Rendon is doing. He is holding back the barrel out of plane to build the speed of the bat through ‘angular momentum’ correct? When the barrel gets released would be the bat speed part right? Because the ‘bat’ is actually accelerating right?
So at least we got this far; you have admitted that ‘early’ bat speed takes longer in space. But I will admit creates more force. So the question I pose to you is do you want to create the most speed and be able to hit the ball the hardest or create less speed and hit the ball hard more often? Remember the mlb average in game bat speed is a very attainable 69 mph.
I think this should be the new equation based on our new found understanding of the pros and cons of early and ‘into’ bat speed. What do you think?
Side note: It really makes sense why AJ won the HR derby with ease doesn’t it?
I am not sure how you teach this. As an instructor you get the player to make the "right" moves. At some point it is up to God and them.