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White Paper-COR-Science of Baseball and Softball Turf

The Science of Baseball

Synthetic turf offers many positive things to outdoor sports activities normally played on a natural surface. One positive is that it maintains the same physical traits in all four seasons. Synthetic turf can withstand more frequent use, allows for a multi-use venue, offers faster drainage and requires less maintenance than a natural surface field. However, with all of these positive attributes you get from having a synthetic turf surface they mean very little if the players have to react the field and not the ball.

Sporturf™ has worked hard to develop a sport specific system that allows you to play the game just like you would on a natural field. These systems provide a performance level that is most representative of a natural grass field to coaches and players at all levels. If a ball reacts differently after striking the synthetic field surface than it would on a natural surface, misplays would likely occur. Sporturf™ believes in these systems so much they chose to put them up against actual science and used a 3rd party independent test lab to back up what they’re saying. Sporturf™ believes the synthetic surface should not change the tradition of the game or how it’s played.
Coefficient of Restitution
There are forces in the universe that explain to how a ball will react after being hit by the batter.
• Speed of the pitch from they pitcher as well as the speed of the bat swing.
• Angle of the bat when it strikes the ball.
• Spin of the ball from the pitcher and when it leaves the bat.
• Which hemisphere of the ball that the bat impacts

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