Zepp, the sports tracking company showed off an integrated swing sensor for tennis rackets and baseball bats in the CES this year. And with MLB Spring Training in full swing, the company teamed up with wood bat manufacturer Old Hickory to integrate the new swing sensor directly into the bottom of Mike Trout’s baseball bat.
As an Old Hickory sticks fan, Mike Trout, one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball over the last few years, is getting an edge on training. The sensor provides instant feedback on his attack angle, swing speeds as well as other metrics.
“Introducing a Smart Bat is a big moment for the game,” Mike Trout said. “Having Zepp combined with my signature bat will help give me an edge. I’m always looking to improve my swing and have consistency throughout the season.”
To track his hitting habits, Trout worked with Zepp for using its 3D Analyzer in 2014. Also, last year he collaborated with the company on a sensor, which fits inside a game-day bat. Unlike the previous version where the sensor clipped to the end of the bat, the Old Hickory version has the sensor located in the knob of the bat. It’s removable and you don’t even have to take it out to charge it. Zepp has also partnered with little leagues, giving the kids a chance to compare their swings to that of Mike.
“As a kid, you’re just out there swinging. You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re out there just trying to make contact. With the app, to show you video of it, you know that’s the stuff I’m dealing with now,” Trout said.
The bat has already been approved for in-game use by amateur baseball events by Perfect Game USA and Ripken Baseball. One of the best players is on the cutting edge of training, and you must be thrilled to know he could get even better.