Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo
If you hit with timing, power (or lack thereof) becomes a non-issue. Not to mention, it's easier on the body.
But yes, longer swing generally mean more power, but how much more does one need? However, like I said, if you time it right, a massive swing won't give you that much more power.
You definitely need to have both, but you'll be surprised by how many winners/forced you can get by just blocking ***** back.
If someone gives you a weak shot you can't generate a fast shot with only good timing.You need to generate your own racquet head speed. I agree that with good timing you can block a fast shot back as a winner if you only have a very short swing. But there are occasions when you need a long swing.
In my opinion a player should have the ability to generate as much power as possible when they have the opportunity to do so.
If you have short backswings you can benefit from hitting the ball on the rise.