Originally Posted by JW10S
What happens just prior to contact is of far more relevance to where the shot goes than what happens after contact. What happens after contact is usually just a byproduct of what happened prior to contact. Where the racquet ends up doesn't really tell you much about where the ball went.
It is so obvious and in accordance with the principles of physics, that is why I cannot believe that I have argued with 5263 about it. He tried to muddy the waters by saying both are relevant (of course they are), that they are both connected by contact (of course), but just will not admit that the velocity, spin and direction are dictated by the build-up prior to contact. I frankly think I should follow the advice of some of the guys here and call it quits. I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall explaining simple physics. They are looking for silver bullets which will transform their game and are willing to read whatever they want into vague statements and expand on them.