Borg's Backhand...changed?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by SpaceCadet, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. SpaceCadet

    SpaceCadet New User

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    I caught a recent match between Borg and McEnroe on the Tennis Channel. I was pleasantly surprised to see Borg now using Federer's stick (Wilson K Factor KSix-One Tour 90).

    What surprised me the most how much his backhand had changed. Borg used to have a really wristy two-handed backhand and he would let go of the left hand at the follow-through (as a kid, I jokingly pointed out that Borg had a one-and-a-half handed backhand).

    His current backhand, to me, looks like Bjorkman's. Both hands now stay on the racquet up to the follow-through, and there's much less wrist action involved.

    Anyone else catch that?
     
    #1
  2. SpaceCadet

    SpaceCadet New User

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Bump

    Wow! No one else has seen the change?
     
    #2
  3. coolhandluke

    coolhandluke Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2007
    Messages:
    249
    I FULLY THE CHANGE IN THE BACKHAND. HE KIND OF SLAPS IT NOW. IT NOT NEARLY AS PRETTY AS IT USED TO BE!!! :confused:
     
    #3
  4. IvanAndreevich

    IvanAndreevich Legend

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    7,492
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    Perhaps as a result of an injury?
     
    #4
  5. He has been using the Fed-racket for at least 2-3 years, and yes he is not 23 anymore so he might have dome some adjustments, he is still very good though
     
    #5
  6. ubermeyer

    ubermeyer Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,176
    Location:
    Texas
    former pro player discussion

    go to it
     
    #6
  7. Ventolin

    Ventolin Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Messages:
    110
    He has changed definitely. He now takes the ball earlier on both sides and is more aggressive from the baseline than he used to be. I think he realizes he doesn't have that super human speed to keep him in points anymore.
     
    #7
  8. SpaceCadet

    SpaceCadet New User

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Whew! Glad to see that others saw the change as well. Anyone have an idea when he changed? :confused: I remember watching a Borg vs Lendl exhibition (1993?) and Borg's backhand was still the old one.

    I wonder, is the new backhand as deadly as the old? I suppose the only fair comparison is when either backhand is hit from a nice, set position.

    Can't really compare backhands from an on-the-run perspective, as Borg no longer has his 20-something legs.
     
    #8
  9. rod99

    rod99 Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2005
    Messages:
    1,197
    he said that his former swing put a lot of pressure on his shoulders and he's adjusted his swing to alleviate the stress.


    and yes, this should be discussed in the Former Players section.
     
    #9
  10. SpaceCadet

    SpaceCadet New User

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    63
    Thanks for the info. on the backhand switch!

    Former tennis player, eh? What is Borg now, then? Is he now a pro golfer?

    Care to take a guess on what Borg's answer will be when asked what his profession is?

    Last I looked, Borg still gets paid, and tries to win tournaments so he's still a Pro Player albeit on the senior tour. Therefore, this question does belong in the General Pro Player Discussion.
     
    #10

Share This Page