This Smart Bat wants to teach you how to swing for the fences


I must have lost my completely unverifiable Babe Ruth swinging technique (you’ll just have to take my word for it) by sitting idle, writing phone reviews all day. But, as luck would have it, my smartphone can now teach me to swing for the fences for the first time… again.

That’s the idea behind new “Smart Bat” by wood bat maker Old Hickory and the sports sensor experts at Zepp. Its gyroscope and accelerometer-filled sensor syncs up to your phone or tablet to deliver 3D swing analysis and virtual coaching.

The small disk-shaped sensor fastens into the barrel of the Old Hickory MT27 Smart Bat and wirelessly beams detailed metrics and 3D drawings to an iOS or Android app via Bluetooth.