Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a ton of conversations about hitting. About where hitting has been, where it is now and where it is going. The value of swing mechanics has clearly been demonstrated over the past few years in a way that never really existed before. Understanding and controlling the INPUT (the swing) can influence and improve the output (the ball flight.)
One topic that I feel very strongly about is that video analysis is going to become completely obsolete. Soon. It will be completely unnecessary as technology gets smarter. We’re going to be able to use our phones to take a video, then the tech will process the swing as data points. Opinions about what is happening will vanish. There will be no guessing.
So what happens then? That expands on one of my thoughts from my status update yesterday about the value of “keeping up with the Jones'” in hiring. As coaches, we have to see this writing on the wall and understand what it means for our role and what player expectations will be like. To consider a world where the swing assessment is automated is wild to me, but to younger kids it will be completely normal.
So many of the discussions I’ve been having go back to the human. The relationship between player and coach. The emotions of a player. Their confidence. Their expectations of themselves. Tech is going to increasingly demand greater need for human interaction.
What would your primary focus be as a coach if the technical aspects of the game were handled completely by tech? What aspects of hitting aren’t currently getting the “tech treatment” where real value can be added? How do you think the pro game’s tech will trickle down into the youth ranks? The game is moving fast right now and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon!