There was a great segment earlier this week on the Discovery Channel’s catnip “Mythbusters” program about baseball. I’m no baseball junkie, but I was still fascinated to learn that there is no rising fastball, that cork bats don’t work, and that humidors have a big impact on ball flight.
I got to thinking about the preceding when reading a piece on Bloomberg this morning about metal golf spikes. A vestigial few professional golfers continue to use metal spikes on their shoes, despite them being banned on all courses to amateurs. Such pros think the things give them better traction, and thus more power and stability.
Do they, however? I’m an empiricist, and I’ve seen no data to demonstrate that metal spikes work best. Anyone out there got something to point to?