View Full Version : Could someone actually strike the ball this well?

lendl lives
06-09-2004, 09:37 AM
I saw a guy named jessup win this open tournament. He was using a prince racquet that had the "P" stenciled on it. However, right in the middle of the "P" there was a spot missing which was exactly the size of a tennis ball. Could this guy acutally hit the ball so well he wore out a ball size mark on the stencil? Or was this a psych-out tactic?

06-09-2004, 10:05 AM
sure he could altho i bet the mark was maybe two mains over to one side. ed

06-09-2004, 10:17 AM
...and a little above center ;) ed

06-09-2004, 10:00 PM
on my wilson rackets I paint the strings all red then am able to hit the ball in such a way as to make a "W."

06-09-2004, 11:57 PM
LOL - Edo and Coda.

I think it was a psych-out tactic - My guess is that even if you hit the ball in the sweet-spot on every shot, the strings move and rub off the ink.

06-10-2004, 12:38 AM
Props Coda, that one was good.

06-10-2004, 06:30 AM
i was serious. i break the same one or two mains each time located slightly above center . ed

06-10-2004, 10:30 AM
I was serious as well...

06-10-2004, 05:58 PM
When I played HS tennis, there was a kid (one of the top 10 players in Texas at the time, if I remember right) who stenciled his entire racquet stringbed black. He too had a circle worn through the ink just larger than a ball. What I was told then was that he ocasionally did this with his practice racquet to check his contact point. The spot was slightly oblong, so I have no reason to believe that he just stenciled everything but the spot. He was not an ego maniac.

06-10-2004, 08:21 PM
was this guy michael jessup at the mountain view open a while back? I've seen him play before-it's out of this world . I wonder how he'd match up in futures and challengers

06-10-2004, 11:40 PM
Edo - I thought you meant the circle of the Prince "P", oh well.....

06-11-2004, 06:21 AM
no worries cypo. i was simply responding to the original query. and i was being serious but didnt want to appear egotistical. ed

06-15-2004, 10:03 AM
He was in the the 300s on the ATP ranking a few years back. My friend lost to him recently 3 and 4.

He's a retriever with excellent hand eye coordination and who has probably drilled about 5 billion balls over his life. I would see it hard to accomplish the feat you described in a match but on a practice court an accomplished player should be able to do it.

He's a teaching pro, I think in the South Bay, forget where but I'm sure you could get a lesson and ask him his secret!!!!

lendl lives
06-16-2004, 03:31 PM
cheese, ya it is michael jessup but i saw him at chamisal's elite 16.