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Murray Williams

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Austin, TX

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Men's 50

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May 28, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

We are an old 50 major team and are probably closer to a AAA team now. We played a major plus team earlier this year with 3 or 5 HR's then walks. We hit 2 or 3 balls over the fence and they probably hit 20-25 over. We won the game 25-23 or something close to that because we happened to have a rare game where everyone hit.

We were not bored playing this game. Their "walks" did not take any longer than our singles. It was much better than if excess HR's had been outs. If they did not adjust their swings and excess HR's were outs, then we would have won something like 25-10 which would have been boring.

Of course this was a good hitting team and they would have adjusted their swings to the rules if excess HR's were outs, so no telling if there would have been more shots up the middle. But in my opinion there certainly would have been.
April 7, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Protection After Knee Replacement

I had knee replacement 3.5 years ago and never felt a need for any kind of brace. My doctor also told me that I didn't need one. What are you hoping to protect with a brace? Your new knee is probably stronger than you old one ever was. Now flexibility may be another issue.
Feb. 18, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I got my replacement sensor and hit on Saturday. The "button" was much more responsive on this one and I was able to mark my "good" swings with it as I was hitting.
Feb. 10, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Wes, I went out Saturday and got about 80 swings and most of my impact angles were negative, both horizontally and vertically. I got up to 69 mph on one swing, but in general I was a little lower on the average compared to last week. I had just worked out with weights just prior to batting practice so that probably had some impact on my bat speed.

Here is what Zepp says about vertical and horizontal angles: https://zepp.zendesk.com/entries/22746594-Angle-of-bat-at-impact

They say +10 to -50 is best for both planes. But also this is geared towards baseball not softball. I think that a negative vertical angle is probably best because that gives you an upper swing that should result in line drives or fly balls instead of grounders.

I think the horizontal angle depends on where you hit the ball. If you are a pull hitter it will probably be more negative and if you go the opposite way it would be less negative or positive. At least that is the way I understand it.

Hopefully I will get my new sensor this week and it will be more responsive. Still have a hard time turning it on and off and the "star" feature doesn't work for me.
Feb. 10, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update on Webbie's new knee?

I'll second Mr. Manassas's pool advice. I found that helped me to increase my range of motion a lot since I did not have to support my full body weight.
Feb. 7, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

They are sending me a new sensor and told me to send back my current one when I receive the new one. Hopefully the button is more responsive on the new one.
Feb. 6, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I heard back from Zepp and I'm going to try it out one more time this Saturday (if it is warm enough) and if the multi-function button is still giving me problems then I will send it back for a replacement.

Feb. 5, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I hang two fingers off the end of the bat and it did not interfere with the sensor.

I've only used it once so I can't say if it made a difference in my swing or not. My gut feeling is that it will help especially since I have wondered for years what weight bat I should use to maximize my swing. I have been swinging a 26oz bat for years, but maybe I should increase the weight (don't think I will ever get back up to my 38oz Bobmbat days!).

Is it worth the money? To me, yes, even if it just shows me my swing path and speed. This is something you are going to have to answer for yourself.

The pros are you can get a lot of information about your swing that you never had before. Whether this information can be made useful is another matter. The only con I have seen so far is the button to turn it on/off and mark your good swings is not very responsive.

Hope this helps.
Feb. 4, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Wes, now I understand what you mean by the red triangle. Zepp says it is the time that the bat is in the hitting zone.
https://zepp.zendesk.com/entries/22585659-Bat-Plane

My best guess is that it is the time that the bat is decelerating after striking the ball.

I have that same little circle with my bat also on most of my swings. One interesting thing is that on my fastest swing I did not have any extra movement before I started my swing and I did not have to make any adjustments in my swing to hit the ball. I doubt if the little waggle before starting has anything to do with bat speed, but I can certainly see that if you don't have to make any up or down adjustments in your swing once you start swinging that your swing can be faster.

I emailed Zepp and told them about my unresponsive button and asked if I should send it back in for a replacement. We will see what they say.


Feb. 4, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Bruce,
Thanks for the clarification.
Feb. 4, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Wes, here is the information on how to "star" a swing. https://zepp.zendesk.com/entries/22678359-Starring-a-swing

I tried pushing the button on my sensor after good swings and it didn't mark any of them. I think that I may have a faulty sensor because the multi-function button does not respond very easily...even turning it on and off is an adventure. Do you have problems with yours?

1. What red triangle are you referring to?
2. I'm not sure how long you should be in the zone. I bet it is not as accurate or important for softball as it is for baseball.
3 and 4. I think the optimal vertical and horizontal angle is best determined by knowing which are you good swings and bad swings to see if there is some correlation. Also, I am sure it depends on the location of the pitch.

Glad to know that there is someone else out there that is trying this out. Keep posting your results and hopefully we can figure out how to use this thing to improve our swings.
Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Bruce, what do you mean by swing weights instead of the weight of the bat? Thanks!

Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Sorry about the double post. I was trying to correct a typo in the first one and I thought I was editing it but was actually reposting it.

Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

It was a nice day Saturday so we were able to get out and take some batting practice. There is a button on the zepp sensor that you are supposed to be able to push to mark your good swings so you can go back and compare your good ones to your bad ones. This was not working for me so all I had was data for 74 swings (2 rounds). Fortunately the last swing of each round I had two HR swings with one of them being the ball I hit farthest during the practice, so I was able to know that those two swings were good ones.

Most of my swings were in the low 60 mph range. My fastest was 68 mph (paste this into your browser to see the graphic: http://tinypic.com/r/33dfrxt/8 . The last two swings of each round were 63 and 59 mph -- the 63 mph was the one that traveled the farthest).

It was interesting to see the path of my bat on each of the swings. The one that I included the link for the picture was the one at bat that I took the most direct path to the ball. On some of the others you could see an adjustment I had to make after I began swinging to adjust to where the ball was.

I can see this as being a useful tool once I figure out how to mark the good swings. For this session I used the same bat for all my swings but I also want to use this to see how my bat speed changes with different bat weights so I can try to pick the optimum weight/speed combination.
Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

It was a nice day Saturday so we were able to get out and take some batting practice. There is a button on the zepp sensor that you are supposed to be able to push to mark your good swings so you can go back and compare your good ones to your bad ones. This was working for me so all I had was data for 74 swings (2 rounds). Fortunately the last swing of each round I had two HR swings with one of them being the ball I hit farthest during the practice, so I was able to know that those two swings were good ones.

Most of my swings were in the low 60 mph range. My fastest was 68 mph (paste this into your browser to see the graphic: http://tinypic.com/r/33dfrxt/8 . The last two swings of each round were 63 and 59 mph -- the 63 mph was the one that traveled the farthest).

It was interesting to see the path of my bat on each of the swings. The one that I included the link for the picture was the one at bat that I took the most direct path to the ball. On some of the others you could see an adjustment I had to make after I began swinging to adjust to where the ball was.

I can see this as being a useful tool once I figure out how to mark the good swings. For this session I used the same bat for all my swings but I also want to use this to see how my bat speed changes with different bat weights so I can try to pick the optimum weight/speed combination.
Jan. 14, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I ordered one. I probably won't start hitting for another month, but will post my results/opinions when I start using it.

Dec. 9, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Good luck Webbie25. I had my right knee replaced 3 years and 2 days ago. I found this site helpful for rehabbing it. http://bonesmart.org/forum/view/knee-replacement-recovery-area.9/

Replacements are unlike other surgical rehabs. There is major trauma to your body in sawing, pounding, cutting bone, etc. You have to balance you desire to get back on the field with your body's need for rest to help the recovery. There is a fine balance between pushing too hard and letting your body rest to heal from this traumatic event. In this case you can't always go by the old adage of "no pain, no gain".

Good luck!
April 5, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AUSTIN TEXAS SENIOR SHOOT-OUT !!!!

Thanks for correcting the date, Chris. I'm not sure I can make the 2103 tourney unless you have an over 150 division.
Jan. 10, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Juicing To Heal & Strengthen

Ed, check out the Gerson Institute for information and juice recommendations. We have the Norwalk juicer at work and get all kinds of fresh juices daily. A fantastic benefit.
http://gerson.org/gerpress/faqs-juicing/

Good luck with your juicing and I hope that you are able to beat back some of those medical challenges.
Jan. 9, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best leadoff hitter

Dave, Yes I played with Ed Rose in the mid 80's through early 90's before I moved to Texas. Tell Ed hello for me when you see him. The Soupie Maroadi's story I heard included some more colorful language in addition to the "Rattle, rattle..."
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