Originally Posted by Mustard
Right, NamRanger, are you seriously suggesting that the technology that Courier was using at the 1992 French Open is no different to the technology of today's game?
Are you suggesting that the technology of the midplus size racquets of the 90s is completely different from the technology today? Nadal, Davydenko, and various other top pros use strings that have been around for the 90s. The move to poly strings coincided with the slowing down of the surfaces. Don't be ridiculous. Yes, there have been very minor improvements
since the 90s till now, but if you seriously think that things like the changing of balls, the changing of surfaces, etc. don't have anything to do with how the game is played today, you really have 0 clue what you're talking about.
Just look at what happens when a true fast court surface is played on. It doesn't matter that Nadal can put tons of spin on the ball; he isn't going to get a racquet on the ball with his large and loopy swings if the surface is fast enough. The reason why pros in particular began to switch to polys (including guys like Henman, Federer, Safin, etc. who typically played with full gut setups before) is that the surfaces are conducive to the poly string.
For example, the Babolat Pure Drive has been around FOREVER
. Duralast, and various other polys that pros use has been around FOREVER
. Even the newer "soft" polys are not much different from the poly strings of the 90. Everyone that actually plays tennis, and not just talks about it (like the vast majority of the general forum) knows exactly what I am talking about. Various racquets today are just simple paintjobs of late 90s racquets. To believe that technology suddenly caused the shift to baselining is completely asinine.