How to Scuff a Wiffle® Ball - All about Scuffing Wiffle® Balls
Scuffing a wiffle® ball is thought to cause sharper, more controllable breaks and a curves. There are many ways to scuff a wiffle® ball. We want to give a special thanks to WiffleBoy28 for these videos below on scuffing.
At higher speeds, like those thrown in professional leagues across the country, players despise a smooth, new Wiffle® ball because its physics - however consistent - make it nearly impossible to drop over the plate for a strike. The inside forces dominate, and the ball tends to be more erratic. The American Journal of Physics published a report in 2007 which mentioned how professionals rough up their Wiffle balls to tame the airborne jig. Theory has it that scuffing the surface disturbs the air flows and causes sharper, more controllable breaks and curves. Read more about scuffing here... The science of the Wiffle ball-scuff
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