Completely irrelevant to the discussion at hand.
The baseball analogy to tennis can not be make. One it's a team sport with multiple dimensional positions, tennis it's one on one with only one position....the tennis player himself.
If baseball would have allow the bat change to metal, they could have try to compensate by raising the pitching mount, and "dummy" down the ball. The reason baseball hasn't "update" that equipment material (they did update the ball after all and lower the pitching mount) it's because of safety and purist mentality. People can die out there. The energy absorption from the bat to the ball it's dependent on the material of course in addition to how ridiculously light aluminium can be...F=ma (Can you imagine a pitcher's head being blasted by a line drive? Anyways, the analogy to tennis can not be make.The analogy can be made if you're a purist. The safety issue is irrelevant to this discussion.
dmast had it right but people keep ignoring his posts. Wrong again. Most of us that have been here awhile truly appreciate DMast's posts as they are usually quaility driven instead of rubbish. Try again.
The technology from the 90s to today hasn't change that much after all Oooops, you missed another on. The widespread use of poly strings to offset the power of larger headsizes and provide more spin/control took place in the past 2 decades. What sport have you been watching?
The biggest change was/is the PLAYER themselves which was facilitate by the technology that was already there. A modern forehand swing uses the ENTIRE body, this people are launching their bodies out there against the ball. In turn, Agassi was "ripping" the ball with a very short and compact swing while taking advantage of the pace of his opponent. (think Davydenko) He was the prototype.I have no problem being in the minority or being called a 'purist'.
There is also a trade off between head size, control or power...Roger uses a 90 sqin and still hits what's known as the best forehand in the history of the game with ton of spin. Roger's forehand it's possible because of his technique......outside of a wooden racket, his forehand wouldn't change drastically with 90s technology.
Yes, make limited restriction on technology and increase the spectrum of speeds among surfaces. Incorporate a real grass season and indoor season as well. The tennis calendar it's extremely inefficient. But make no mistake about it, you are the minority; tennis is being play at the highest level and regardless of purists tastes and nostalgia.........most people are playing recreational and competitive tennis from all walk of life. That's huge in a sport that's consider extremely elitist.
Better to stand alone for what you believe in than to 'run with the herd'.
First of all safety it's the MAIN REASON baseball bats are not aluminium. People will die, simple as that. If purists in baseball had their way, we wouldn't be living in the "live ball era" . Ever heard that term? I will guess no. Baseball has been ALTERED as much as tennis has in relative terms. That's why his analogy to it was wrong and it actually backs my case. People wanted more offense, they got it. Funny, he didn't mention how the ball has change along with the pitcher mount.
What's the deal with my mention of dmast post? I don't care if you consider other people's opinion rubbish or love his posts to no end, the fact is,although acknowledging his post; the gist of it was IGNORED. He did mention the improvement in technology but he was very clear on why a player who grew up with this technology instead of wooden rackets would have a totally different technique that takes advantage of the entire body into the stroke. He even reply back to bab about Agassi not taking full advantage of the technology available to him despite "ripping" strokes thanks to his impeccable timing.
I didn't miss anything, you are so caught up on trying to "get me" that you can't see past the blinders. I will say again, the technology from the 90s up to the day, hasn't change as drastically as the one used in the early 80s to the 90s. You know, the whole wood thing? It's clear from an evolutionary perspective, that it will take several generations for players to fully incorporate the technology and maximize it's potential. That's what you are seeing today, kids that grew up with the rackets that they are using as pro instead of a Sampras or Becker or Edberg that grew up with wood rackets. The muscle memory it's already "burn"...there is no going back. I mean, Sampras used a eastern grip for his forehand.....I guarantee you, if he was born 10 to 15 years later; he would be using at the minimum a semi-western grip, which would have allow him around 35 to 50% more SPIN on his forehand side.........
Interesting you never addressed the other points I made about more people than ever from all walk of life playing the sport. That's a great thing, the masses having an interest on an elitist sport. In addition, I did agree that changes can be made to improve the sport even further and add more variety to it. This is not black and white for me. I do get annoy reading reading "old" people's constant ranting about the old days, and how today's players are limited in skills when nothing can be further from the truth. Offense an DEFENSE has always been part of tennis...........seeing a Djokovic on a open stance full stretch ripping a backhand pass never get's old for me and that's a SKILL. Watching Rafa hook a forehand on the round that bends into the court to kiss the line it's something to behold. Or Delpo ripping 120mph forehands.....you can even hear the people at the stadium gasping for air at the site of it.
Finally, what's the deal with you attitude? So because you are the minority, your position has to be superior? Herd mentality? I don't know, there is still a minority in this country that would love to get rid of the civil right's act among many other stupid things. Be careful, there are other ways in which I can address conversation in this forum. Let's keep it civil ok.