Precision Scale to Help Calculate Swing Weight of a Baseball Bat

Precision scales show that the weight of the bat.  Its swing weight is determined by its distribution mass.

Precision scales show that the weight of the bat. Its swing weight is determined by its distribution mass.

We’ve never had a good reason to feature sports on our blog before.  But as they say (or don’t say!): Baseball’s time has come.  Here is a very interesting discussion that explores the swing weight of a bat.  The author frames in the problem thus: how is it that two bats of the same weight (within 0.2 oz of each other when weighed on a precision scale) have different apparent swing weights while two other bats of different weights (3 oz between the two) seem to have the same swing weight?  Baseball fans am sure will find this fascinating.  The short answer is the distribution of mass and the moment-of-inertia this causes.  For the complete answer refer to the above link!

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More