Does a Knuckleball Really Flutter?

I’m a little bit of a nut when it comes to physics and sports. I get intrigued by all the different TV shows that show “how things work” and slow motion photography in a way that statistical analysis can never really suck me in…. until now.

We here at Knuckleballs have a special spot in our hearts for our namesake (might be why we picked the name in the first place). And recently, the folk over at Baseball Prospectus have put up a physical analysis of the trajectory of a knuckleball pitch.. I think that this counts as a double link since they were linking Mr. Nathan as a guest author. But regardless of how many layers of recommendation you have to go through, it’s really worth giving it a read.

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