Liu Guoliang and the big ball?

Liu Guoliang and the big ball?

Post by Andrew Goodin » Mon, 07 May 2001 04:25:22


As observers in Osaka have pointed out, Liu Guoliang has not beeen doing
well with the big ball.  How come?

Is it because his serves are less effective?
Because he had to switch from TSP Spin Pips?
Because his switching from pips to inverted is less deceptive?
Because he is one of the shorter players on the tour? (I'm grasping
here).
Because he's getting old for a penholder? (I'm 34 so I hope not).
Because short pips spin less on strokes?

Seems strange as people have said that Zhuang (another pips out
penholder) is more effective with the big ball.  Is it the issue of
service and Liu Guoliang's reliance on it, or is it because of a whole
different level of competition?

-- Andrew

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Liu Guoliang and the big ball?

Post by Alan & Erin William » Mon, 07 May 2001 06:45:48

Quote:

> As observers in Osaka have pointed out, Liu Guoliang has not been doing
> well with the big ball.  How come?

> Is it because his serves are less effective?

That's true.

Quote:

> Because he had to switch from TSP Spin Pips?
> Because his switching from pips to inverted is less deceptive?
> Because he is one of the shorter players on the tour? (I'm grasping
> here).
> Because he's getting old for a penholder? (I'm 34 so I hope not).

I'm under the impression that Guoliang is still quite young...

Quote:

> Because short pips spin less on strokes?

> Seems strange as people have said that Zhuang (another pips out
> penholder) is more effective with the big ball.  Is it the issue of
> service and Liu Guoliang's reliance on it, or is it because of a whole
> different level of competition?

First, there was Guoliang's steady preparation for Sydney, all 38mm.

Secondly, IMO, Liu thinks too much and is bothered by extraneous concerns.
See Chung's excellent website for specifics.

Alan