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05 Feb 17 23:10
Date Joined: 21 Mar 10
| Topic/replies: 93 | Blogger: xtrader's blog
Heard a Co commentator coming out with well used  this old chestnut the other night.
To me its the biggest load of nonsense I have ever  heard but don't mind being proved wrong.
If the grass and ball are wet then surely there will be more resistance and the ball will travel slower.
What I think these people are misinterpreting is that the player kicks the ball harder on a wet pitch and it slows down quicker so it look like the ball is pinging about quicker as they say.
Any thought welcome.
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Report Zazu February 5, 2017 11:31 PM GMT
Insanely zippy on wet astrotruf pitches compared to dry. Less friction
Report xtrader February 5, 2017 11:37 PM GMT
Cheers, take your word that but still makes no sense to me.
Report crags February 6, 2017 12:23 AM GMT
Skimming stones go at quite a pace.
Report Capt__F February 6, 2017 12:32 AM GMT
depends who they aimed at
Report xtrader February 6, 2017 12:41 AM GMT
Water creates drag but it would also create a skidding effect. The ball needs to be kicked harder to overcome drag giving the impression that the ball moves faster on a wet pitch.
Report lfc1971 February 6, 2017 7:34 AM GMT
The ball moves slower on a wet pitch
Report lfc1971 February 6, 2017 7:35 AM GMT
A football match in the rain is often better for this reason
Report lfc1971 February 6, 2017 7:38 AM GMT
And a match on grass rather than an artificial surface is often better for the same reason , whether it rains or not .
Report lfc1971 February 6, 2017 7:49 AM GMT
watering the pitch does not have the same effect as rain.
Report Barton Bank February 6, 2017 10:48 AM GMT
Late rain on a dry pitch makes it slippery and skiddy whereas plenty of rain over a few days creates a slow and boggy surface. In most cases, anyway. May vary according to drainage quality of individual pitches. Speaking of grass only.
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