“I am trying to raise the launch angle. About 20 degrees is the goal.”
NC outfielder Son Ah-seop boasts a career batting average of 0.321 and ranks fourth among all KBO league batters who have played more than 3,000 at-bats. However, he was not very good with a batting average of 0.277, 4 homers, 48 RBIs, 72 points, and an OPS of 0.714 in 138 games in the 2022 season. At the time of the Tucson Spring Camp interview in mid-February, he said, “I played baseball only with my skills and senses.”
The solution he came up with after thorough self-criticism was the launch angle. In order to increase the average by increasing the hit surface, we concluded that the launch angle should be increased. On the morning of the 8th, Son Ah-seop said at Incheon International Airport arrival hall, “I’m trying to increase the launch angle. I try to adjust it to about 20 degrees.” 스마일 토토
Last January, he expanded the spectrum of baseball through individual training at the Kang Jung-ho Academy in Los Angeles. He prepared thoroughly for a month, and from February to early March took the course of deepening his blows in his Tucson. As a result, “About 80% was sorted out. He finished well with a good feeling. I am trying to make up for the 20% lacking in the demonstration game.”
In general, if the launch angle is 23-24 degrees, it is possible to produce a home run. The reason Son A-seop talked about 20 degrees is that he intends to produce a lot of line drive batted balls. Of course, the hitting speed above a certain level must be supported. After all, getting it right is the starting point.