Football: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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he spiral is what tends to keep it going along the path that the quarterback would like.
Footballs are formed from the two dimensional shape called an ellipse.
Prolate spheroid.
The prolate spheroid shape helps the football to spiral through the gyroscopic effect. This helps maintain its control and trajectory by its continual spin.
The shape of the ball helps it stay on path.
A spiraling football is effective at moving through the air because it reduces the amount of drag(air friction against the ball).
When a ball spirals the air on the surface of the ball is broken up which allows less drag and a smoother
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