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PG Tech Game Changers: Stretch

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Perfect Game
"Stretch is one of the key indicators when it comes to swing speed, and a measurement that I always make sure to look at on a player's profile."

-Jered Goodwin, Perfect Game National Scouting Coordinator

What is Stretch?

Stretch is a measurement of the difference at any point in time during your swing between the rotation of your torso against the rotation of your pelvis. In the PG Tech Cage, it is measured at two different points: stretch gained at foot strike during your load, and stretch at contact with the ball.

What does that mean?

Players can generally be classified as tight or loose movers during their swing. Stretch numbers will look different for different movers.

Tight movers should typically see between 1-15 degrees of stretch gained at foot strike, while loose movers should see 20 or more degrees. The stretch gained is your torso moving away from your pelvis during the load portion of your swing.

Players should see that stretch closing at contact, with the stretch at contact metric on your PG Tech Profile somewhere between 10 and -10 degrees. If your stretch at contact is closing, it simply means your torso is catching up to your pelvis and you are creating speed during your swing, which then leads to higher exit velocity.

Jackson Holliday, a top-10 player in the 2022 class, is a loose mover. When Holliday hit in the PG Tech Cage at the Perfect Game All-American Classic last summer, his stretch gained at foot strike was 28.92 degrees, and his stretch at contact was -2.95. To see Holliday's swing in motion at the All-American Classic, you can view it on his profile.

Nolan Schubart, another PG All-American last summer, can be classified as a tighter mover. His stretch gained at foot strike was measured at 9.87 degrees, while his stretch at contact was 1.23 degrees. You can view his swing in the PG Tech Cage on his profile.

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