by Jeff Long and Bryan Cole
Axe Bat has been popping up all over baseball, including in the hands of some of the game’s best hitters. I won’t dive into the details about the Axe Bat and its origination; I recommend reading our interview with the Axe Bat team for more background on that. What we will discuss today is some of the claims made by the Axe Bat marketing team. The claims in question are pulled directly from their website:
We wanted to take it a step further though, performing an independent study in a real world setting. Specifically, we wanted to look at whether the Axe Bat stood up to the performance claims that they make.
We worked with Dan Kopitzke of the K-Zone Academy, an elite training facility for amateur and professional baseball players located in Apex, NC. Kopitzke’s facility offered us a HitTrax-outfitted batting facility where we could perform analysis of the swing and resulting hits from players using a variety of bats. Kopitzke himself is a highly regarded coach who works with players ranging from middle school through the professional ranks, making his facility a perfect place to assess the impact of the Axe Bat on players of varying skill levels.
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