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Many of you kindly offered explanations to my query — when someone says a pitcher pulls the string what string is he talking about?

Here’s another one. When the announcer says a batter hit the ball on the screws, what screws is he talking about?

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  1. Stan

    From the days when you were a kid..and made your own baseballs hold together with whatever you could find..Elmer’s glue,electric tape(pre duct tape era) nails..wood screws. Your a kid,not a carpenter or upholsterer. And when the bat hit the ball with metal screws…

    October 20th, 2012 10:38 am

  2. J Canseco

    The screws represent the strongest part of the ball, if it were made out of say, pieces of wood. The screws would be the sweet spot where the structure is soundest and reacts in a true way to being struck by the bat. Not hitting the screws would result in a wobbly or less efficient impact.

    October 20th, 2012 10:49 am

  3. TheNumb47

    The saying “he hit that on the screws” refers to the days of persimmon drivers in golf. There was a seperate wooden insert that was screwed into the face of the driver by four screws and the sweet spot was in the middle of them.

    When a golfer, say Jack Nicklaus, really crushed one it was considered “hitting it on the screws”.

    Fore!

    October 20th, 2012 3:50 pm

  4. Joe Fabitx

    To hit the ball even center with measured force, often resulting in a loud crack of the bat. A slumping batter might be comforted by “hitting the ball on the screws” when not getting a hit. The phrase apparently derives from golf, referring to “a well executed shot. In the good ol’ days, when woods were made of wood, club makers fitted a plastic insert into the club face as a safeguard against premature wear. These inserts were fastened to the club with screws. When a golfer would hit a good shot, he would say, ‘I hit it on the screws’.”

    October 20th, 2012 5:52 pm

  5. Stan

    My version is universal,Americana.
    Golf?..bleahhhh.

    October 21st, 2012 11:39 am

  6. lameduck

    Just out of the ER but in my induced state I’m wondering if anyone hit a screw ball on the screws?

    October 21st, 2012 1:58 pm

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