Reader question: How far can the average adult hit a wiffleball? – K
Plastic Baseball Answer: That depends. Are you using an actual Wiffle Ball? Or is it another kind of plastic baseball?
An official Wiffle Ball is known for its amazing ability to curve. The thing is, a Wiffle Ball not only curves when thrown, but it also curves when it’s hit. It might travel 100 total feet, but that’s 75 feet out toward left field, and another 25 feet sideways, curving toward center field thanks to the effect caused by the eight holes on only one half of the ball.
Plastic Baseball uses the Easton Training Baseballs, which have 26 holes cut uniformly throughout. We tested many different plastic baseballs and unanimously chose these.
We practiced for a few weeks, and based on our hitting results, chose our deepest part of the park to be 81-feet to straightaway center field. Since we were playing in a cul-de-sac, the other dimensions were determined by default. The left field pole was 63-feet, and the right-field pole was 78-feet. Most of our home runs traveled around 100 feet. A few balls were crushed and probably traveled over 200 feet. However, that was probably helped by another factor…
Wind. The best plastic baseball playing conditions are if the wind is lightly blowing out, or not at all. At Plastic Baseball’s home field, “The Sac”, we dealt with constant, swirling light winds, anytime the ball reached about 25 feet in the air. Some Wiffle Balls that would have been home runs were blown many feet foul. Fly balls that looked like they were headed back to the pitcher were sometimes blown backward behind home plate. The Easton balls were still affected by the wind, but not as much as the others.
Wind speed and strength have a huge effect on the distance and direction the ball travels. It doesn’t take much to slow down, speed up, or change the path of a ball of very little weight.
This solution may not be the best for everyone. It’s better to pick a ball to suit your field and wind conditions. So if you have a bigger field, the Blitzball or even the little-known Wiffle Ball without holes might be a better choice. It’s easier to change the ball than it is to change the field, so you might want to test a few different types of plastic baseballs as we did.
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