Faster, more exciting pro tennis - make the ball heavier & higher pressure?

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by OrangeOne, Mar 28, 2010.

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Should the ball for pro tennis be made heavier & higher pressure - faster, better?

  1. Yes, make the ball heavier and pump it up - bring on super-tennis!

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  2. Yes, make it heavier, but leave the pressure, players will adjust

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  3. Yes, make it higher pressure, but leave the weight, players will adjust

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  4. No, everything is just fine.

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  1. OrangeOne

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    Watching some tennis on TV the other day - I wondered with all of the development in frames and strings - should we allow the ball to develop as well?

    I know the size, weight and rebound height is currently regulated. Given we have 'super' racquets now, and physically we have 'super' players compared to 50 years ago too.

    With a ball that carried more momentum, and bounced at least as high as the current ball (ie. would need more pressure to offset the extra weight) - would tennis be (even) more exciting to watch? More winners, faster points, better show off the strength and speed of the players?
     
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    I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember reading something on racquetresearch about why a heavier ball would be a bad idea (partially for health reasons).
     
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  3. spacediver

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    here we go:

    http://www.racquetresearch.com/sevencri.htm
     
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  4. gpt

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    I think if it aint broke dont fix it
    There is enough variety among the balls on the market already
    If anything the ITF should have placed more restrictions on racquets a long time ago.
    Oh, hang on that would limit how much money could be made.
     
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    There were companies that made slightly larger balls, and they were awful. Really hard on your arm. I think a heavier ball would cause more injuries, and injuries are already a major problem on the men's tour.

    Also, I remember seeing a tv show where a rugby union player was given a ball pumped full of helium. He kicked that thing about 150 meters, right over the length of the whole field and onto a freeway. There would be some pretty mean serves being produced with a high pressure ball. It would be awesome.
     
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    Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg were super players in the 60's, sitting behind the baseline and get to a (good) drop shot with plenty of time to hit a winner was not uncommon
     
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  7. OrangeOne

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    Interesting article.

    As crass as this sounds - I'm not thinking about health reasons here. I'm thinking about the pure, sheer excitement value of the sport :)

    Also, for the record, just as there are arguments that a heavier ball could makes things worse on the injury front - there could be arguments why a faster game would lead to fewer injuries - points over quicker, less ability to grind.
     
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  8. OrangeOne

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    True, but I think pros would adjust. They've adjusted to the brutality of poly after all.

    Bring it on! 200kph forehands ;)
     
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  10. OrangeOne

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    How do you know it ain't broke? Tennis struggles as a sport on TV against sports that are more powerful and more explosive (football, car racing, etc).

    Imagine a new breed of player designed purely to crush the ball and end every point with one shot, massive winners from bulked up super-players!

    (I'm tongue-in-cheek here, but hey, creativity can be fun)
     
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  11. gpt

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    I was referring to tennis balls not the sport.
    I agree, the sport needs fixing.
     
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    I can't go with any of the choices. I think the balls are fine; the strings need to be regulated.

    We should figure a way to ban (what today we call) poly. I think the challenge would be describing the string-to-be-banned properly.

    What is nuts, is the string being such that you don't need to have any finesse in your game; you just smack the snot out of the ball, and as long as you put some topspin on it ... it stays IN.

    But since I try to void hijacking threads ... I'll stop.

    - KK
     
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  13. OrangeOne

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    You know, I'd agree 100%.

    Would the description of a thread that is '1 solid core' cover things somewhat? Maybe one would need to define how many cores would constitute a minimum...

    I wonder how long companies would take to replicate the properties?

    Please don't 'void' my thread ;)
     
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    Haha I know its possibly the worst show in the world... but that segment stuck in my head
     
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    I think most people on here used to moan when we had people crushing winners everywhere adn the courts got slower with bigger balls to combat that?
    Car racing..........thats as bad as sky sports channels showing darts and poker as sports.
     
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  17. Dave M

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    Thats interesting, have you seen the mythbusters episode where they filled some American footballs with helium, did controlled tests (i think in a NASA hanger-it was huge) and over 40 or 60 balls it averaged out the same, a myth to do with hangtime on a kick off feom a match where the ball seemed to "stay" in the air longer-good video
     
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    Yeah lets make the balls faster, so Karlovic, Isner, Querrey and all the giants of the tour can win everything.
     
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  19. coloskier

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    They have already made the balls heavier, compared to the 70's and 80's, and they also bounce higher. This was a concession to baseliners who did not like low bouncing balls because trying to hit topspin on a low bouncing ball with a western grip is an exercise in futility.
     
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