Thread: Peak Play GOATS
View Single Post
Old 03-16-2013, 06:56 AM   #61
borg number one
borg number one's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 7,580

Berdych and Del Potro and even Monfils all have very long strides, but it's not just speed and quickness, you have to make all those very quick small steps to get into position continually. Plus, you have to stop and start all the time as a great mover, so long strides only get you part of the way and with height can easily become a liability. Federer would still have to work with a much different hitting proposition with food prames and no poly strings, but his swing path would not have to be altered as much as Nadal's to hit the ball with a wood frame. Yet, Nadal would make adjustments too. This article is a good one and mentions Djokovic hitting with a wood frame.

"It's the first time in my life" to hit with it, said Djokovic, born in 1987, long after wood joined the museum shelves of tennis history. The fifth-ranked player in men's professional tennis who competes with a Wilson nBlade graphite racket added, "Now I realize how tough for the players it was 30-40 years ago to play."

"It feels like a different game out there, to be honest," 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri said. "It doesn't give the pop or the spin that the graphite rackets have today."

It would be "almost impossible (to win a match on tour) unless your opponent misses every single shot," 18-year-old Vania King, one of the USA's more promising players, said while laughing.

"Your chances of missing are a lot higher," top-10 player Tommy Robredo of Spain said. "That racket doesn't get much spin. … If I played with a racket like this, for sure I would have a lot more touch, because you cannot play with power. You have to play with other things" such as spin.

But a few players noticed more "feel" with wood.

"I tried a drop shot, and I knew exactly where it was going to go," said Mike Bryan, who, with twin brother Bob, is part of the top-ranked doubles team in the world. "You can feel it all the way to your hand through the wood."

"Definitely for the feel and touch, it's great," 10th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia said.

But using the wood also led some to observe how much easier the game has become with today's technology.

"You have to have very good technique to play with this one," Russian Kuznetsova said of the wood.

"Technology can hide flaws in your game," Bob Bryan said.
Bjorn Borg defied analysis. No one could manufacture a man that won 6 French Open and 5 straight Wimbledon titles. - Andrew Longmore
borg number one is offline   Reply With Quote