5 Ways AI Can Improve Your Golf Swing

Whether you only make it to a course a few times a year or you are competing in The Masters at Augusta National this weekend, you probably want to improve your swing in some way. Bringing down your handicap has never been easier and more accessible thanks to AI apps and online services like Swing Index, Golf Boost, Golf AI and 18 Birdies. Here are five ways how AI can… Read More »5 Ways AI Can Improve Your Golf Swing

Understanding Elite Pitching through Spin Rate and Axis

Up until a few years ago, throwing a baseball was never about improving spin rate or axis. The capability to measure either just didn’t exist: large data sets were used to assess broad trends in player performance. But with the increasingly accurate methods of measuring player movement analytics, understanding the physics of a pitched ball are giving front offices, coaches, and teams the ability to hone and improve their pitchers.… Read More »Understanding Elite Pitching through Spin Rate and Axis

How AI Can Improve Play on the Diamond

Traditionally, data analytics uses artificial intelligence (AI) to process and make sense of this data in ways that cannot be replicated manually by humans. Recent developments in AI and the associated technology of machine learning (ML) have yielded the ability to simulate human intelligence to assist coaches and managers in making real-time decisions. By studying the patterns revealed through analytics and working with AI applications, players and teams can improve… Read More »How AI Can Improve Play on the Diamond

The New Era of Off the Field Player Development

In the early part of the 21st century, teams with the most analytic information like the Oakland Athletics had such a unique and distinct advantage over their opponents that Brad Pitt ended up playing A’s mastermind Billy Beane in the movie adaptation of Moneyball. But two decades later, every team has robust analytics departments filled with Ivy League quants poring over data points to extract every single advantage they can… Read More »The New Era of Off the Field Player Development

The Value of Analytics in Baseball Today

As Major League Baseball begins its 2020 postseason, you won’t find any of the 16 playoff teams without an analytics success story. It’s how in July 2018, the New York Yankees took a chance and traded two middle relief pitchers to the St. Louis Cardinals for the regular season home run leader Luke Voit. Despite hitting .246 with a .305 on-base percentage in 62 games in 2017, disastrous numbers in… Read More »The Value of Analytics in Baseball Today

The Mad Scientist has a Major Breakthrough: Are Bryson DeChambeau’s theories becoming golf’s new gospel?

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He signs his name left-handed and backwards. He occasionally streams on the gaming site Twitch under the username “thebadone23.” And as of Sunday, he is only the third man in history to win the NCAA Division 1 title, US Amateur Championship, and the US Open after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Bryson DeChambeau, a collegiate physics major, always sought out the science behind the science behind the golf swing. Prior… Read More »The Mad Scientist has a Major Breakthrough: Are Bryson DeChambeau’s theories becoming golf’s new gospel?

Does Scott Boras have an argument against Moneyball?

878 Million. That is the amount of contract money that Scott Boras negotiated at this year’s Winter Meetings. The annual affair, held this year in Las Vegas, produced a number of megalithic deals all tied to the same illustrious super-agent. But why did this week in Sin City offer such a noteworthy haul for the three Scott Boras studs that were signed?  Let’s look at the players involved:  Stephen Strasburg  In case you live under a rock, Stephen… Read More »Does Scott Boras have an argument against Moneyball?

How I learned to stop worrying and love the distributed team

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We often hear a lot about the positives – and negatives – of distributed teams.  You can certainly argue about the benefits of increased focus, happiness, and productivity.  I agree that these things are all true, but my own experiences are more focused. But only 20% of workers have a remote work option or a distributed team. “Distributed team” means many things – home office, satellite “away” office, NO office.… Read More »How I learned to stop worrying and love the distributed team

Baseball advice changes over the years

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Weren’t we all taught to swing level when we were young?  It’s part of a keep it simple principle.  There are too many nuanced mechanical dynamics for any single baseball swing that it wouldn’t be possible to capture them all in a series of complicated demands.  It would be like a game of Twister.  You are stepping, you are swinging, you are rotating your hips while keeping your head as… Read More »Baseball advice changes over the years

Coaching: A New World Order

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With the Yankees recent hiring of pitching coach Matt Blake, it seems like a rather opportune time to talk about how both technology and analytics have infiltrated professional baseball. Long gone are the days where every coach needed to be a student of the game. Now it seems that coaches are just students. Nerds. Now, I don’t know Matt Blake, and I hadn’t heard of him prior to last week.… Read More »Coaching: A New World Order