Title

The Effect of Spin on the Flight of Batted Baseballs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Publication Title

American Journal of Physics

Department

Physics

Abstract

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.

Volume

53

Issue

11

pp.

1073-1075

ISSN

0002-9505