Originally Posted by Frank Silbermann
The reason the guys with heavy topspin didn't seem as good is because heavy topspin allows lousy players to compete above their ability. You can gain the benefits of becoming a pusher -- and better -- without actually having to develop self-control.
You have something there. I don't agree about the heavy topspin part - to have heavy anything needs skill. But do I think that club level topspin often hides a basic inability to control and place the ball by maintaining a firm hand? Absolutely. The same is true for the use of graphite frames and large heads. It helps players to get away with excessive use of wrist, bad fundamentals, and bad footwork.