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Summary: The Physics Of Softball

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In physics, an object’s kinetic energy (Energy in motion) is equal to work multiplied by rearrangement. In softball terms, a pitch’s velocity is equal to the force utilized by the pitcher, times the distance the ball travels before release. This explains is why softball pitchers use a windmill wind up because by moving the ball in a circle, it travels a greater distance than if the pitcher moved the ball straight back and then straight ahead. During a windmill wind up, the ball speeds up until it leaves the pitcher’s hand, after which, gravity and wind resistance begin to reduce its velocity.

A softball pitcher does many things to add more force to her pitch and increase the speed of her pitches. First, she leans back a bit before moving
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