Chang

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Swan Song, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Swan Song

    Swan Song Professional

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    Would he have been a good player if he used something shorter than the 28in. longbody(e.g. 27.5~27.25 something of that nature)?
     
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  2. Brian Purdie

    Brian Purdie Semi-Pro

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    He was a good player! He just stalled at #2 and never beat Sampras in that 96 US Open final to take the top spot. Now, I had heard that Chang (5'9") had increased his racket length to as much as 29" at Wimby to enhance his service game, and that he did his best finish that year. Would he have been better if he had a standard racket? No. He was a groundstroker, and the extra length provided more power. He would have had better manueverability on volleys, but he was not a S&V player, so he didn't need that. Whereas height is an issue, there are good players like Grojean at 5'9" and Laver 5' 8 1/2" who do well with a standard racket. Chang had a wonderful career, and I don't think he would have been served well with a shorter racket
     
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