Fast Ball Physics
Is there away to calculate the speed of my sons pitch with
a stop watch? He throws from 60 feet 6 inches.
Not likely unless you have a fast finger! Let's say your son throws a 60
mph fastball -- that's equal to
88 ft/sec. Since the distance from mound to plate is 60.5 ft, that is a
lapsed time of ~0.7 sec. It is estimated that humans have a reaction time
of ~0.1 sec., so the measurement would not be very accurate.
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Update: June 2012