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Is It Possible For A Fastball To Rise - The Rising Fastball
Is it possible for a fastball to rise? - The rising fastball
Everyone has heard the tale of the rising fastball or at least thought about if it is possible for a fastball to rise.
Well, the answer to this question is both yes and no.
Is there such a thing as a rising fastball? Yes! Is it possible for the flight of a baseball (a fastball) to rise? No. You see, a rising fastball does exist if you are looking at it from the stand point of where a pitcher releases the baseball and where the baseball crosses the zone. There are submarine and side arm pitchers, as well as softball pitchers that do this every pitch.
What we all want to really know is. Can a baseball be thrown from an over hand pitcher on a level plane and rise from that plane. The answer to this question is no. In order for a fastball to rise and be considered a true rising fastball, the lift force (force the laces are generating because of the spin) would have to exceed the weight of the base