View Full Version : Question about Sampras

06-13-2005, 07:30 PM
How did he deal with high bouncing topspin shots to his eastern forehand?

06-13-2005, 07:33 PM
He was tall so it helped but it was probably difficult for him and one of the reasons why he did so poorly on clay where the ball bounces higher than other surfaces.

06-13-2005, 07:40 PM
High balls, low balls, goof balls.. it doesn't matter at the pro level, they hit them all just as well .. just about..

Even at the 5.5 level it really isn't much of a problem with any grip.

06-13-2005, 07:46 PM
Not necessarily. Sampras certainly did have more problems with high balls than others. Often, he could take them out of the air. However, the slower court speeds made his normal volleying less effective.

I think it's still a problem for anyone at all levels. Even if the player is excellent and can cover up the weakness, you're never going to be able to hit high balls effectively with an Eastern grip.

In effect, the grip hinders yourself. An Eastern grip can simply not handle balls at that height as well.

What makes the difference is the pro's ability to cover up their weaknesses and adapt.

06-13-2005, 08:29 PM
Couldn't he just hit on the rise?

06-13-2005, 09:16 PM
jon166 hit the nail on the head.....he simply took the ball earlier. Also someone said Sampras was tall, 6'1'' is not tall for a pro athlete in any sport.

06-13-2005, 11:52 PM
You can only hit the ball on the rise if you can get there early. If you got move around, soon or later, you will have to deal with a high bounce, and probably on the backhand side.