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How does the air pressure in a basketball effect the accuracy of a free throw?
- Ezra (age 11)
Link-up,Oregon city School, Oregon City,OR USA
Having never tried this, I can't really say for certain.
But I would predict that the higher the pressure of the ball, the more
accurate your free throws will be. The more pressure there is in the
ball, the firmer its shape will be. If you've every thrown a ball with
an irregular shape (say a wiffle ball), you know that it travels in a
hard-to-predict path. So maybe the highly pressurized basketball will
travel a little truer because it will be closer to a sphere. I have no
idea if the effect is big enough to notice.
(republished on 07/19/06)
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