February 14, 2011, 1:00 pm - (2 years ago) I have read a very good book by former german davis cup coach and biomechanics expert richard schönborn.
He explain there very good the modern rotational stroke with the kinematic chain(first hips, then shoulders, then arm, then racket) and some training forms. he advocates using hip,shoulder separation (ground up stroke), a lot of rotation and takting the ball early on the rise. All of those things are very good of course.
However one thing surprised me (the book is from about 1999). he said the trend is to going to less spinny, hard and flat shots(still some topsin of course to not make the errors go up), and modern players in the future would hit all balls on the rise, very hard and only with moderate spin. he said the extremely heavy shot would be a thing of the past.
however in reality now 10 years later players like nadal and federer hit the ball spinnier than ever. they still hit it hard though.
so why didnt schönborns expected developement take place? Is it the modern rackets allowing to hit loopy, heavy balls that are still hard? or is it the slower courts?
or will the player of the future indeed hit moderate topspin shots that are flatter than nadal or even federer (he is often considered flat, but apart from nadal he hits the heaviest topspin-still a lot flatter and harder than nadal of course)? Click here to read full article