Originally Posted by henree
I hear commentators throw the word PACE around often. What does it
Also I hear a lot of times people say Davenport hits a HEAVY
ball. What does that mean?
Why do people say that hitting the ball with more spin can keep the
ball from going out of bounds as opposed to hitting a flat ball?
What constitutes a good groundstroke? Some people around this board
often compliment players by saying that he or she have "good
Pace generally equates to a certain level of speed. You can play against people who hit with a lot of pace (fast) or very little pace (slow.) Strategy wise, if you play someone who enjoys playing against pace (fast), you might to choose to hit with less *pace* to throw them off their game.
A "heavy ball" almost always indicates the amount of spin on the ball. Some of the people I play against hit with so much topspin that there's a jarring blow upon impact - a heavy ball. There are also a few players, such as Serena and Lindsay, who hit with a modicum of topspin, yet are so strong that the ball feels heavy to their opponents. On the men's side, Safin would be a good example.
Why does topspin keep the ball from going out of bounds? There is more friction (air) on the top of the ball than on the bottom. This causes pressure which causes the ball to slow down and drop more quickly to the ground. The more topspin you create off your racket, the quicker the ball dips towards the ground.
The ideal would be that if you had an opening, you would hit a heavy ball with pace,
ensuring that the ball will get towards the target quickly, yet possess enough spin to keep the ball in bounds.