Wiffle ball aerodynamics

Using a wind tunnel, scientists at Lafayette College recently discovered just what throws Wiffle ball batters for a loop. Their conclusion: The shifting forces inside and outside the ball cause the sixty-year-old invention to dip, duck and dive.


Popular Science

Creative Director:
Todd Detwiler



As part of their annual How it Works issue, Popular Science assigned me the task of visually explaining the aerodynamics behind the beloved Wiffle ball. A cutaway recreation of the wind tunnel study clearly presents the airflow through and around the ball. Secondary art included vector graphics illustrating how to throw a Wiffle knuckleball and three ways to “hack” your ball to cause even bigger batter headaches.

Skills Involved


  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Carrara 3D Pro

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