Batting cage technology has steadily grown over the past decade as more baseball and softball programs have focused on data driven statistics. Exit velocity was a hot topic and now spin rate, launch angle and so many other data points. Teams and coaches are now emphasizing the importance of this information and are using the data to get the most out of their players.
With all this said, figuring out the right type of batting cage technology to have in your facility can seem like a daunting task. In the rest of this article, we break down some of the top and popular options for your facility.
HitTrax is the biggest technology on the market. As a baseball simulator, it offers a wide range of features to help your game. A facility can use HitTrax technology to emphasize training, gameplay, and recruiting possibilities. One of the only downsides is the price is much higher than all over options on this list. However, the features may be worth it for you.
With training, it captures real-time metrics and analyzes results, including: exit velocity, launch angle, point of impact, and strike zone analysis. It also includes high speed video with integrated metrics.
These measurements make it a perfect fit for anyone looking for benchmarks to check improvement after training. Also, HitTrax’s assessment reports can evaluate your performance and potential. This allows players to gain the attention of college recruiters.
HitTrax also brings the possibility of gameplay in batting cages. You can connect with other cages in online play and join leagues or play with friends across the world.
Rapsodo is a tracking technology for baseball and softball. They use high-speed cameras and radar to capture and analyze data points. Like HitTrax, it provides insights and analysis for player performance – for both hitters and pitchers. Rapsodo’s technology is excellent for improving the game of its players.
Generally, Rapsodo has a few types of ball flight monitors. Some are specifically for pitching, some specifically for hitting, and some are a combination of the two. Although it might not offer the extensive features in gameplay that HitTrax does, Rapsodo offers an impressive tracking with a far more affordable pricing.
The Blast Motion Bat Sensor is an attachment at the end of a bat that transmits metrics to your devices via Bluetooth with swing metrics. These metrics include bat speed, attack angle, plane score, and more. It includes smart video capture, the same as other options on this list. Blast also provides drills for further improvement, making it a good fit for anyone looking for training to improve their skills.
One of the benefits is that Blast is very easy to set up once it is purchased. It is also more affordable than the other options on this list. With your metrics accessible from your phone, you can easily track your benchmarks for training.
There are several high-powered batting cage technology options for your facility. Depending on what you want to focus on and your budget, some may be more suited to your facility than others. For more advice on how to improve your batting cages, book a consultation with our experts.