Old Hickory And ProXR Launch XR High-Performance Baseball Bats

March 6th, 2019|

Old Hickory Bat Company and ProXR, LLC announced today the launch of the XR line of premium high-performance baseball bats. The new innovative product combines Old Hickory’s premium baseball bat craftsmanship with ProXR’s pioneering sports grip technology that results in greatly enhanced hitting potential.

Jay Williamson Joins ProXR, LLC Board of Directors

May 24th, 2017|

ProXR, LLC (ProXR), a St. Louis athletic technology startup, announced that Jay Williamson, president of The Gottlieb Organization/Wealth Solutions of St. Louis and former PGA Tour and current PGA Champions golfer, has joined ProXR’s board of directors.

Grant Helps Bat Maker Stay In The Game – Wells Fargo

October 20th, 2015|

Grady Phelan redesigned the knob on a baseball bat — an innovation for a product that hasn't changed much in 130 years. He was one of five grand prize winners in a Wells Fargo Works Project contest.

Building A Better Baseball Bat – Webster Kirkwood Times

October 1st, 2015|

True Americans (i.e., baseball fans) know the most beautiful product of the wood turner's art is not a bowl or a bed knob, but a baseball bat. The elegant simplicity of its tapered form delights the eye, drawing it along the length of the barrel to the knob, where the shape concludes in a subtle curl, like the capital of a Doric column.

New Bat Designs Could Help Major Leaguers, If They’d Only Use Them – USA Today

September 4th, 2014|

This is hardly a secret: Offensive numbers are way down around Major League Baseball. The league-wide OPS sits at .703, the lowest mark in over two decades. Pitchers throw harder. Strikeout rates have skyrocketed. Aggressive defensive shifts turn more hard-hit balls into outs. In short, it’s just not an easy time to be scoring runs in the big leagues.

Batter Up … With an Ergonomic Baseball Bat? – Humantech

March 27th, 2014|

The game has not changed that much over the last century – all you need is a bat, a ball, a glove, and some friends. For the most part, equipment design has stayed pretty constant over the years as well. Grady Phelan, the inventor of the Pro-XR baseball bat, is trying to change that using ergonomic principles.

ProXR KickStarter Project Targets Bat Design for Broken Hamate Injuries

July 24th, 2013|

ProXR bat technology can save Major League Baseball millions of dollars in lost player performance by reducing the factors that cause injuries. Based on preliminary research and ten years of product development, Grady Phelan asserts conventional bat design is the cause of broken hamate injuries.

The $100 Bat That Could Save The Major Leagues Millions – FastCompany

July 8th, 2013|

Beckham fractured his hamate–a bone in the wrist all too familiar to major league players for its propensity to crack unexpectedly. He’d require surgery and couldn’t be back to play for seven weeks. His turnaround was stopped in its tracks. ProXR technology was designed specifically to prevent the fairly common hamate fracture that Beckham had incurred.

The Past and Future of the Baseball Bat – Smithsonian

July 2nd, 2013|

During the dead-ball era, baseball players used to grip the bat differently, holding it further up the grip. The knob at the end was to keep players’ hands from sliding off the bat. Graphic designer Grady Phelan created the Pro-XR bat in response to the modern grip.

New Kind of Baseball Bat Is Tapered for Safety and Comfort – New York Times

June 29th, 2013|

Bats have not changed much since Honus Wagner became the first player to have his name burned onto a Louisville Slugger. True, they are lighter now, with rounded ends, and since Barry Bonds used it, many players have switched to maple from the traditional white ash. But the general shape is unchanged.

New Ballgame: Grady Phelan’s Baseball Bat – St. Louis Magazine

March 21st, 2013|

Grady Phelan was out back, tossing up hickory nuts and launching them out of his yard with a baseball bat. On one swing, the bat came flying out of his hands and nearly hit one of his sons in the head. “It really got my attention,” he says. Then he noticed a big bruise on his hand.

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