Originally Posted by luvforty
'straighter' as in more influence from north-south, or less influence from east-west?
you meant the latter? why does it have to be less width... doesn't a position closer to the net open up more angles east-west?
i think the only argument for more width today, is more spin on the ball today opening up angles, but I think that part is canceled by the faster foot speed of todays players.
Yes, a position at net opens up potential angles - but the game played to get there is generally played with less angles - approach shots are more effective and more common down the line for example, first volleys generally hit deep and back behind (little angle). Only the finishing volley would generally be hit with more extreme angles.
Spin rates today mean the east-west dimension is potentially bigger than ever and arguably has more influence.