One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rotating motion given to a ball when throwing or hitting it, used to give it extra speed or distance or to make it bounce awkwardly.
- ‘This is generally the result of a better strike with less loft, a lower trajectory and, in most cases, less spin (not overspin, as you say).’
- ‘‘The greens were so rough in those days, we both believed you had to hit down so the ball would start on the top of the grass, roll with overspin and keep the line.’’
- ‘The problem was that he hit the ball like a slap shot in hockey, putting such overspin that the bottom of the ball dropped out quickly.’
- ‘Yes, it really looks like overspin is causing all that follow effect, but that's not generally what's happening.’
- ‘They bounce and run like they're loaded with overspin.’
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