Physics of Baseball

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NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Mont Hubbard, a physicist at the University of California at Davis. He and some colleagues have published a paper in which they modeled the flight of a pitched baseball and a bat's swing and identified the the factors which optimize the distance of the ball's flight after being hit. Among other things they discovered was that — counter-intuitively — hitting a curve ball at the optimum instant will drive the ball farther than hitting a fastball at the optimum instant.



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