From SABR member Alan Nathan at The Physics of Baseball on October 19, 2012:
This page contains clips of high-speed video from the 2012 NLCS. Fox Sports is using a 5000 frames/sec camera. The super-slo-mo nature of the images often reveals some interesting physics that is invisible to the naked eye. Take a look at some of the interesting clips I have found along with my physics explanation of what is going on.
This clip from Game 2 shows Matt Holliday hitting the very bottom of the baseball, resulting in a popup with rapid backspin. It is precisely these kinds of conditions–a rapidly spinning, towering popup–that often result in a “paradoxical popup”.
View the clips and read the full article here: http://webusers.npl.illinois.edu/~a-nathan/pob/HighSpeedClips.html
Originally published: October 22, 2012. Last Updated: October 22, 2012.