Originally Posted by TW Staff
The point is that you play your normal tennis and the spin is increased without you having to try and produce more spin consciously or by changing your strokes (although yes, it does play on your mind more).
As we mentioned in the review, this is more cohesive to some techniques than others - for example, those that have western or semi western grips. Something to note is that it's not necessarily about the technology - some of us loved the S technology, but didn't enjoy the frame itself so that may have some influence as to why everyone isn't switching to this racquet. I, for one, loved the spin created, but didn't like the Steam itself as much as I like others such as my APD. Food for thought.
With the string technology opening up even wider angles from being able to drop the ball in with even sharper angled cross-court passes and, as Chris said, being able to hook the ball in crossing the net even a foot or two or three outside the line and still get the ball in, it will become impossible for anyone at the pro level to be at the net and win a point with any regularity. It will turn tennis back into a grinding marathon like the 70's and 80's clay matches. There will be more emphasis on speed and defense, since the players will have to cover so much court.
That said, for myself, I can't play with a stiff racket because of the tear in my elbow tendon, so the Steam itself wouldn't be a choice for me. I hit most of my shots flat, so I like a controlled string bed, but benefit from additional spin on many of my shots.
I could really see something like a 93" POG with a 14x12 string pattern, strung with stiff poly, being a game changer for me.