You don't have near the touch with poly strings as you do with gut. It's not even close. I've played with both and have gone back to gut, even if it is more expensive. I just can't mentally play with a string that is totally dead right out of the package. That is why you can put so much spin on the ball, because it is so dead that you can hit the ball as hard as you want and it won't go anywhere with lots of spin.Seriously, baseliner and SV´s have the same advantages from this kind of strings. If you can get mayor slice spin on your serve wouldnt this benefit the sv, or if you hit and approach shot with more topspin a let say more angle, wouldnt this benefit volley? Serving and volley have more to do with smart choices than the equipment itself. Look at Radek Stepanek.
Agreed. With full poly I get WAY more kick on my second serve and 'skid' on 1HBH slice approaches. Plus I can make the slice serve really slide away on the add court, adding variety to my body and out wide flat first deliveries. CC
But I will agree that serve and volley technique is extremely poor in almost every player on tour.
1. You NEVER approach crosscourt. Especially with the new strings it leaves too many angles for the returner to shoot at.
2. You NEVER approach with topspin, unless you plan to win the point outright on the approach. It is always a bad idea to hit a shot that bounces the ball right into a baseliner's wheehouse. Make him hit it at his shoe tops with an underspin approach and then it won't be so easy for him to pass, especially if he is trying to dig out a ball with a western grip (almost impossible).
Last comment about this is that the courts also have a lot to do with it. They have slowed down every court, even at the US Open and Wimbledon. I remember when they used to play tournaments on wood basketball courts indoors. The ball skipped so much you couldn't hit anything but a slice shot. There were no topspin passing shots, so the poly string would do you no good anyway. That is why players like Ken Rosewall never hit a topspin backhand, and hit flat on the forehand side. No one seemed to complain that those games were boring back at that time. It was only boring to people from continental Europe who's claycourters would be lucky to make it past the 1st round. I wouldn't consider Agassi boring and he hit everything almost flat. Both sides. The strings have made it easier to become a baseliner, so all that matters is that you can get to the ball, instead of having to have to hit an amazing shot to pass someone, which is the way it should be. You should be rewarded for your skill with the same string as everyone else, and not have equipment change the game. The skill should come from the player, not the equipment. And the only ones to say differently are the guys who would be nothing if it wasn't for the string. Could you imagine Nadal trying to play with gut? Not only would his shots hit the fence, it would probably clear it.