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Old 12-02-2012, 06:21 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by defrule View Post
I think spin might have an effect but I could be wrong.

Imagine the court deforming downwards very slightly when the ball lands. This crater-like shape is no longer horizontal and the ball's spin would grab onto the side of the crater which is inclined upwards and accelerate it upwards.

I could be wrong but it seems to me that even average net clearance balls can be made to explode off the court.
I think the explosion is a myth. It appears to be an explosion because the ball lands earlier than we expect and bounces higher than we expect.
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