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Why Speed Matters in Softball

By Chris Giarratana, Rip-It Blog, 06/29/17, 10:15AM CDT

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Softball is a game of speed, power, grit, but also a game of physics.

What’s Up With Moment of Inertia?

What is Moment of Inertia and what does it have to do with batting? Well, a lot actually! Moment of Inertia affects both Bat Speed and Bat Control, and these two factors play a large role in the performance and hitting success of a batter when they step up to the plate. You can read some great tips to improve bat speed, but for now let’s look at the physics that play into bat speed.

Softball is a game of speed, power, grit, but also a game of physics. Now don’t worry- I promise this is not going to be a boring technical breakdown of all the aspects of physics that play into softball. However, I do want to focus on the main force that affects batting performance- Moment of Inertia.