Getting OFF the poly bandwagon.

Discussion in 'Strings' started by sansaephanh, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. GlenK

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    Exactly and would love to see but it's not gonna happen. It's all this younger generation knows how to do and most of the current technology is supporting it.
     
  2. BreakPoint

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    Do a search. That's what everyone calls it. Even the commentators on TV call it that.

    So just because one mindless baseline basher hasn't won a major means that no other mindless baseline basher can win a major? :confused:

    You need to go back and watch matches from the 70's and 80's to see how tennis should be played.
     
  3. MikeHitsHard93

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    ^thats like saying the lightbulb invented by edison is superior to an LED...
     
  4. Silent

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    Mindless is correct in a sense, but it's part of the democratization of the sport, which is both a necessity and a good thing. The exact same discussions are being had in golf with clubs that hit straighter than ever, longer on mishits and balls that spin less and less. Granted, this is driven by money but it's a good thing nonetheless. We want more people to play tennis, ultimately.

    Unfortunately, the perverse effect is that pros can exploit the new equipment as well and hog the baseline (hey, easy (read: easier) works for everyone, not just us mere mortals), something that just couldn't be done 30 years ago. However, like everything, it's a cycle. The over-specialization will create general major weaknesses in the overall gameplay, and someone will come along and exploit those weaknesses with a totally different style of play, and all the kids will want to emulate that new style, just like they want to do anything Nadal/Federer/Djokovic do right now. Take hockey: the 80s were extremely offensive, the 90s extremely defensive, then offense came back after the 2005 lockout and now we're seeing size and toughness driving the best teams.

    However, nothing keeps recreational players from learning an all-court game. It's a much more fun style to play anyway and we're not shackled by the necessity of producing results. We can afford struggling for the sake of self-realization at the expense of immediate results.

    Or we could make the courts bigger and introduce triples tennis...
     
  5. BreakPoint

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    Um...no, it's not. What do lights have anything at all to do with tennis? :confused:
     
  6. fortun8son

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    Isn't there an old bulb somewhere in rural USA that has been burning continuously since 1909?
     
  7. souledge

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    read: something old compared with something new.

    Back to the original topic: what about poly mains / multi crosses?
     
  8. gregor.b

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    No more poly! No more poly! No more poly!

    And so let it be written....

    Nah, you don't REALLY need poly unless you play at the highest levels if you can really play.

    Unless you are a tight ***.

    I do just fine with OGSM. It breaks after about 3 hours or so, but I carry 3 racquets and string when needs be, so it's all good. And my arm is not as broken any more.
     

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