Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: Is the Technology Killing Women's Tennis?
I've, on occasion, muttered about going back to wood myself. But they won't, because they want to sell rackets.
For years now, racket makers have been adding more and more power to rackets which has favored ball-bashers and, ironically, the pushers who can make them suffer. Now, I may be a little behind the times, but I've been racket shopping with my son this past week and I am seeing some newer rackets with things like denser string patterns, higher maximum tensions, built in dampeners and other things like that than when I last shopped for a racket about four years ago. MAYBE the control part of the equation is going to catch up to the power part. I also know there are some new strings coming onto the market that are hyping better control with today's super-powerful rackets.
The men, to a certain extent, compensated by getting bigger and stronger (the women did too, but ironically that made the power issue worse instead of better--not to be sexist but there are still just some simple differences between men and women).
As is so often the case, the technology that's hurting us may be what saves us.
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