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Discussion: Bat swing speed

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Sept. 2, 2011
saddlebrookrick
55 posts
Bat swing speed
What is avg. softball and above avg. softball swing speed-mph?
Sept. 2, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
well ray demarini had his close to 100 mph,anything up there is way above avg.i think the avg is down around 70-80 for seniors and maybe a touch lower(this would be the good batters),with 80+ above avg.bruceinga has done some testing with this,he has a speed gun....
Sept. 2, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2733 posts
I bought a Swing Speed Radar last year and, like MD said, have used it in bp and tee work. I've found that a smooth, easy swing will produce a swing speed (before ball contact)in the high 70's to low 80's. This is enough for a senior bat and good ball to clear a 300' fence.
I've been able to increase it to over 100mph using a 28oz balanced bat. This was a swing that I would never use in a game, too much out of control.
I've measured Kreug's swing at spring training in Jax and his was 103mph.
The SSR was a neat tool to use and only cost about $50. The radar guns cost much more but might be helpful in measuring bat speed after contact with the ball.
Sept. 3, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1995 posts
Bruce-you put your finger on it, bat speed AFTER contact is more important. You can hit 100, but if you lose it at contact, there goes the power. I got tested once-way back with a 35 oz bat and hit 93. You had to swing between a couple wire sensors. It would be interesting to see now with a 29 oz bat.
Sept. 3, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
webbie ,it is something that ray demarini preached from his video's.you need to keep your speed up.his test showed that he could dry swing 26-29 oz bats all up near the 100 mph speed,but when he made contact with a ball his speed dropped dramatically.he found the 26 oz bat gave him the best after contact speed.he said that you should swing the heaviest bat that gave you the best after contact speed.
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