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View Poll Results: Ugliest shot among the top 30 players

Murray's forehand 18 14.75%
Roddick's serve 23 18.85%
Gasquet's forehand 39 31.97%
Ljubicic's forehand 17 13.93%
Gonzalez's backhand 25 20.49%
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:51 PM   #31
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lopez' backhand. (is he still top 30?)
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:55 PM   #32
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Nadal's moonballing forehand
Agreed, I would take out the moonballing, as effective as his forehand is, it is a horrible stroke from a technique perspective. 99% of the time he's falling backwards when he hits it and as far as he goes around, he'll have elbow problems in the next couple of years.
AND - I by no means am not saying it's a great and effective shot, but that was not the question.

OK - go ahead Rafatards, bash away..
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:56 PM   #33
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Moya's backhand slice. Usless shot, ugly shot.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:00 PM   #34
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roddick's serve.
has good speed but no accuracy. No wonder federer is able to get his 140 - 150 mph bombs back.
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as effective as his forehand is, it is a horrible stroke from a technique perspective.
Shouldn't technique be judged by effectiveness? Oh wait, using reason against a hater, my mistake...
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:07 PM   #36
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Shouldn't technique be judged by effectiveness? Oh wait, using reason against a hater, my mistake...


Not for the pure stroke, though. I don't hate Roddick at all even though I am not a fan, yet I admit that his service motion should be banned from professional tennis and used as an example for kids of how not to create your service motion. The potential for injury is just too high.

Same for Nadal's forehand, though not so much with the injury argument. Nadal has the power and balance to pull it off, but that by no means makes it a pretty or even technically sound shot. I like Nadal, but I wouldn't try to teach my child his forehand. His backhand is usually a thing of beauty, though.
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Not for the pure stroke, though. I don't hate Roddick at all even though I am not a fan, yet I admit that his service motion should be banned from professional tennis and used as an example for kids of how not to create your service motion. The potential for injury is just too high.

Same for Nadal's forehand, though not so much with the injury argument. Nadal has the power and balance to pull it off, but that by no means makes it a pretty or even technically sound shot. I like Nadal, but I wouldn't try to teach my child his forehand. His backhand is usually a thing of beauty, though.
Prettiness has nothing to do with "technique" and frankly I've never understood how people objectively try to argue such things with tennis. I fail to see why it is technically unsound though Great margin for error, amazing spin, power, placement etc... Again, if it works as well as it does, why WOULDN'T you try to teach a player to emulate it, it's probably the main reason Nadal has 4 RG titles after all...
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Well, i don't think your vote will be very useful considering the results of this poll so far
Based on discussion (not poll numbers)looks like there are a lot more ugly shots among the Top 30 than we thought - needed an "other" or "none of the above" category to this poll.
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Prettiness has nothing to do with "technique" and frankly I've never understood how people objectively try to argue such things with tennis. I fail to see why it is technically unsound though Great margin for error, amazing spin, power, placement etc... Again, if it works as well as it does, why WOULDN'T you try to teach a player to emulate it, it's probably the main reason Nadal has 4 RG titles after all...

Do you play tennis? If so, you would understand why you do not want to be in the position of hitting a ball while falling back or hitting it off your heels. Nadal can control that position and recover quite well, most people can't. You teach to the averages, and most people would not fare well with that shot.
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Agreed, I would take out the moonballing, as effective as his forehand is, it is a horrible stroke from a technique perspective. 99% of the time he's falling backwards when he hits it and as far as he goes around, he'll have elbow problems in the next couple of years.
AND - I by no means am not saying it's a great and effective shot, but that was not the question.

OK - go ahead Rafatards, bash away..
Might be relevant if the thread was asking about least traditionally technical shots. Personally I love the look of Nadal's forehand. Both he and Federer have two of the most attractive for me.
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Do you play tennis? If so, you would understand why you do not want to be in the position of hitting a ball while falling back or hitting it off your heels. Nadal can control that position and recover quite well, most people can't. You teach to the averages, and most people would not fare well with that shot.
Yes I do, and personally I'd want to play tennis the way that produces the best results without sacrificing your health and fitness as you stated. Nadal falls on the back foot when he is being attacked mainly, you make it sound like he never moves forward into the ball. And the idea of translating one shot to another player is a ridiculous and moot point, the point being that Nadal CAN control his forehands, and as such it is a very technically sound shot FOR HIM.
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Based on discussion (not poll numbers)looks like there are a lot more ugly shots among the Top 30 than we thought - needed an "other" or "none of the above" category to this poll.
Not untrue
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Gonzalez's and Roddick's back hands. It's awful
i agree!!
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Soderling's drop-shot
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