About Nemo's Speed Training Bats

Who Are We And What Do We Offer?

Nemo's Speed Training Bat is more than just a bat and instructional DVD. It is a complete training program to increase your bat speed! The bat and DVD are the tools necessary to achieve your goals.

This lightweight bat was the recipient of the number one new product of the year award because it does what it says it will do.

Dr. Ron Noebe, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark McDowell, Ph.D. of B & N Baseball and Softball Awards staes, "Your product is one of the few products that can truly be used for baseball and softball. It really does work."

What does the research say?
If you want to increase your bat speed you must move the muscle fiber in that direction. One cannot swing a regular bat (overload) fast enough; nor can you get in the number of repetitions necessary to accomplish this goal. However, using a light bat (underloading) will give you the ability to swing faster and get in the number of repetitions necessary to bring about the physiological changes needed for the muscle fiber to develop quick twitch muscle reaction time.
Physiologist Dr. Coop DeRenne has conducted numerous experiments to study the effects of variable speed training on bat speed.

His research has consistently demonstrated that traditional on-deck warm-up devices, such as the doughnut ring, power swing, power sleeve and lead bat actually decreased game bat speed when used in the on-deck circle.

What does all of this mean, and why is this important to you?

"It means if you are using a heavy bat to warm up in the on-deck circle the, research indicates you are probably doing more harm than good. If you want to increase bat speed, science suggests that you put the lead bat and the doughnut ring away." Dr. Frank Spaniol.

Dr. Spaniol is the former head baseball coach at Morehead State University, Kentucky. The certified strength and conditioning specialist has published numerous articles and specializes in improving sports performance.

What Does The Research Say About Bat Speed

A Required Reading For The Serious Bat Speed Guy Or Gal by Steven Zinder

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2016

Batters standing in the on-deck circle will swing a weighted bat (or even a heavy, pipelike club) while they wait to hit. The exercise is intended to improve players' bat speed, with the idea being that the regular bat feels lighter after taking cuts with the heavier one. But a new study suggests batters who add ounces to their practice swings may be making an error.

Practicing with a heavier bat significantly slows down the velocity of the bat head—depriving the batter of slugging power, exercise researchers at California State University, Fullerton, say. Swinging light or normal weight lumber just before stepping up to the plate helps players become accustomed to swinging fast, repetition that is key to athletic training, the researchers say.

For the study the researchers recruited 19 recreation league baseball players (all men) and had them take five practice swings with bats of different weights: a light bat, weighing just 9.6 ounces; a standard-weight bat (31.5 ounces); and a heavy warm-up bat (55.2 ounces). After resting for 30 seconds, players then took five "real" swings with the standard-weight bat. The researchers recorded bat speeds using a computer that calculated the time it took the bat head to pass between two sensors spaced 43.2 centimeters apart, the length of home plate.

During warm ups, players swung fastest with the light and standard bats, averaging 101.4 and 82.1 kilometers per hour, respectively. Both were far quicker than hacks with the heavy bat, which averaged just under 67.6 kilometers per hour. More important, players practicing with the light or standard bats were able to maintain higher velocities on their real swings—averaging 83.7 and 80.5 kilometers per hour, respectively. The heavy bat practice group averaged 77.2 kilometers per hour with their real swings—not as quick as the other two groups.

Steven Zinder, a researcher who helped conduct the study, said the findings do not prove that swinging faster makes a hitter better, although from a biomechanical perspective that makes sense. "If you want to swing faster, you need to practice by swinging faster," says Zinder, now an assistant professor of sports medicine in the exercise and sport science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Training to swing fast made you swing the normal bat faster. With the heavy bat, you're training yourself to swing more slowly."

Although no follow-up studies are planned, Zinder says it would be intriguing to convince a team to swing light bats in the on-deck circle and see if it improved their batting averages and home run production. The findings appear online in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Let's Put The Cards On The Table!

When it's all said and done in regards to one's philosophy of hitting whether it be a linear, rotational, or a combination of both styles of hitting mechanics. one must keep in mind that eventually you have to go to work and start swinging that bat to improve bat speed.

Let's not fool ourselves...one needs to get in hundreds of repetitions to increase bat speed and the best way to do that is with an underloading tool such as a Nemo's Speed Training Bat.
Proper mechanics plus increased bat speed.

Ted Williams, who many believed was the greatest hitter of all time, stated in 1941 "The key to increased bat speed is a lighter bat with hundreds of repetitions."

Let's Get A Double Win

It's time for a paradigm shift

Set up your drills and teach your hitting mechanics in a speed circuit training format. Replace your regular bat with a Nemo's Speed Training Bat.

You will get a double win!