On 7/27/11 10:12 AM, willshak wrote:
> So you want to thin out a baseball bat for training, which will also
> make it lighter. Then, after the training is complete, you'll play
> baseball with a bat that is larger in diameter and also heavier?
It won't be lighter. The composite bats used today are mush lighter
> Sounds like a plan. Do you ever notice that the on-deck batter puts
> weights on the bat and takes practice swings with that heavier bat
> before he steps into the batter's box?
That's yet another tradition in baseball that's stood the test of time,
but not the test of science. Scientific studies have shown that a
heavier bat messes up your timing and a batter who uses the same bat in
the on-deck circle gets better results.
Here's another. Corked bats don't hit as far as un-corked bats. And
another, sliding into first base is a lot slower than running through.
There are a bunch of these.
However, you will never convince the baseball player of this, because
his two strongest and most convincing training tools for baseball are
ritual and superstition. Players have been hogtied by these two for as
long as the game has been played. You'll never convince the fan of this
because they say, "Well, they've been doing it as long as I can remember
and they're the ones playing professional baseball so they must know
wheat they're doing."
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
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