Originally Posted by TimeSpiral
Look, I love Nadal. I think he's great, but; why do you take issue with the term moonball to describe his moonball shots? Would you prefer the term "heavy ball?" Would you prefer the term hyper-badass-mooball-of-super-power?
Nadal is able to combine pace, with upper register RPM, with a moonball trajectory creating one of the most frustrating shots to return in professional tennis.
Doesn't it go without saying that Nadal's moonballs do not have the same hackish qualities of a rec player's moonballs?
To me, hitting a hyper-badass-of-super-power-high arcing ball is not a moonball. My definition of moonball includes a lack of pace, heaviness and aggression. Nadal's high shots are high arcing, have a lot of spin, kick up high, are specifically targeted to all areas of the court and are hard to handle generally. He throws them in looking to draw a weak reply or to give a different look.
A moonball is usually hit with a low degree of spin and pace, generally
go back to the center of the court and are usually hit by players with no offensive options in their arsenal in that situation or overall in general, or weren't in correct position so that's all they could manage or they are being tentative and ultra safe hoping that the opponent will eventually make a mistake if they keep moonballing it back. A moonball is not a lob and I"m not referring to balls hit when being stretched out wide so you pop one up deep to give you time to recover.
That's my definition. Maybe the general consensus on this forum of what a moonball is is different. idk.