What's with players looking at every single ball every time they serve?

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  1. TooTallIvo

    TooTallIvo New User

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    Please enlighten me. Why does every player examine every single ball every time they serve? Is it a way to gain recovery time or is there a valid reason?
     
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  2. OKUSA

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    feel and see the felt, they want to use a less used ball so their serve is better
     
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  3. rovex

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    Check how much fuzz there is. The more fuzz = better kick serve. Less fuzz = more pace
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Less fuzz for flat first serves.
    More fuzz for important second serves.
    Harder balls for flat firsts.
    Softer for wide short sliced serves.
     
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  5. KHSOLO

    KHSOLO Semi-Pro

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    Thats all bs imo

    Look how Fed hardly looks at the balls, he just takes 2 and serves

    Its practically imposible to tell one ball from another specially when they only been hit for under 7 games

    Pfft, even when new balls are being used in the first game some still check all 6
     
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  6. jackson vile

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    Yes, that is the real reason recovery time and rhythm, the felt thing is total BS and an after thought if anything. Now if they played the same balls the whole match that would be different.
     
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  7. Lsmkenpo

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    Balls lose compression in a hurry, a few games rallying and serving at pro level is quite a bit different than what club level players experience. It is not BS, they are picking the fresher ball for their first serve, it makes a difference, if you have the game to use it.

    It is not impossible to tell the balls apart, it is actually quite easy to see the difference between a fresh ball and one that has been hit for a few games.
     
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  8. phoenicks

    phoenicks Professional

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    to check the pressure and the fuzz, of coz fuzz condition tells you a lot about the ball pressure
     
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  9. KHSOLO

    KHSOLO Semi-Pro

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    Yes but you not comparing fresh balls with balls used for 3 or 4 games, you are comparing balls used in 3 or 4 games with each other

    Just check some players who dont even check but turn back the ball when tossed to them

    Its a sequence to get some concentration like Nadal picking his butt and passing his fingers trough his hair
     
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  10. Lsmkenpo

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    Yeah, and those balls don't wear evenly in the rotation through 3-4 games, some may get hit 100+ times some less than 20, and it is not hard to tell the difference between the two in appearance.
     
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