The Effect of Spin on the Flight of Batted Baseballs
American Journal of Physics
Distances traveled by batted baseballs with various spin types and rates have been calculated using a computer. It is found that balls hit with backspin tend to travel farther than balls hit with little spin or topspin, particularly for lower trajectories. Two types of hits are considered specifically: the long fly ball of potential home run distance and the low line drive to the outfield.
Rex, A F. "The Effect of Spin on the Flight of Batted Baseballs." American Journal of Physics. 53.11 (1985). Print.