by Kevin 14 years ago
The following message (subject: Re: ttbeginner) was posted by Kevin, on 3/5/2005 3:44:57 PM:
|Harder sponges also require faster arm movements to generate the speed and spin that you require. Harder sponges also have a low throw angle that makes slamming/smashing the ball easier. They also provide control in the short game and good defensive spinning capabilities. Other things will depend largely on the topsheet.|
Softer sponges require less arm speed to generate powerful and spinny loops. They have a higher throw angle that makes generating a variety of topspin shots easier and topspinning against backspin slightly easier as well. They are not as stable and do not feel as secure in the short game and the defensive cutting style but they do offer touch and feel that allow you to adapt to a variety of spins and shots.
Soft sponges tend to be coupled with elastic and grippy topsheets that give even more power and spin.
Hard sponges tend to be coupled with tackey sticky and stiff topsheets that generate copious amounts of spin and help with service and make looping slightly easier.