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(Yahoo)   Sam Groth, the 340th ranked tennis player in the world, fired off the fastest recorded serve in tennis history, a 163MPH / 263kph rocket at match in South Korea   (nz.sports.yahoo.com) divider line 13
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2012-05-12 12:39:05 PM
The fark was he using, an aluminum bat?
 
2012-05-12 01:36:19 PM
Did he ace his opponent or was it returned? I'd say it would be a bigger feat if the opponent returned it. I'm not even sure if the mind could process something that fast and your body react in time.

WHAR VIDEO WHAR?!
 
2012-05-12 02:48:00 PM

scottydoesntknow: WHAR VIDEO WHAR?!


^^^ that
 
2012-05-12 04:19:38 PM
STEROIDS! OMG11!
 
2012-05-12 04:23:24 PM

scottydoesntknow: Did he ace his opponent or was it returned? I'd say it would be a bigger feat if the opponent returned it. I'm not even sure if the mind could process something that fast and your body react in time.

WHAR VIDEO WHAR?!


Probably landed 3 rows into the crowd. I'm guessing he's the 340th best player for a reason.
 
2012-05-12 04:29:51 PM
and to borrow adam carolla's phrase he uses 74 times a podcast, I haven't done the math on this, but......just from eyeballing it, from the server's line to the receiver's line, that's got to be roughly what, 90 feet?

so if in baseball, a 95MPH pitch delivered sixty feet, six inches, gives the batter whatever the time to react is, how long does it take for the serve receiver to react?

variables:

1) the distance from where the server hits the ball
2) the ratio of the distance from one end line to the toehr for tennis, as it relates to the 60'6" in baseball
3) the time batters have on a 95MPH pitch to decide to swing or take
4) knowing that in tennis, the receiver / servee stands well behind the line so that affects distance from impact to the ball arriving
 
2012-05-12 04:30:28 PM
Bonus: I hope dude hissed after hitting the shot, "you got served"
 
2012-05-12 04:53:51 PM
That's still 100 mph less than the departed supreme leader from Best Korea managed, and that as with two broken fingers on his forehand.
 
2012-05-12 06:31:50 PM
Federer says serve speed "an incredible number" (Adds Federer quotes)

wtf article
 
2012-05-12 07:16:40 PM
Link

He served so fast it slowed down the frame rate of the world...
(this is the only one I've found so far. not sure why it's in slo-mo. When you take away the reference of "real time" you can't tell the speed of anything else.)
 
2012-05-12 08:30:39 PM
Rockets coming out of South Korea? Why hasn't Kim Jong Un nuked them by now?
 
2012-05-12 08:32:00 PM
I wonder if the tennis gods will change the equipment specifications to slow down the serves and make the game more volleyish and less smashish. Like the dead ball era in baseball.
 
2012-05-12 11:01:38 PM

rickythepenguin: and to borrow adam carolla's phrase he uses 74 times a podcast, I haven't done the math on this, but......just from eyeballing it, from the server's line to the receiver's line, that's got to be roughly what, 90 feet?

so if in baseball, a 95MPH pitch delivered sixty feet, six inches, gives the batter whatever the time to react is, how long does it take for the serve receiver to react?

variables:

1) the distance from where the server hits the ball
2) the ratio of the distance from one end line to the toehr for tennis, as it relates to the 60'6" in baseball
3) the time batters have on a 95MPH pitch to decide to swing or take
4) knowing that in tennis, the receiver / servee stands well behind the line so that affects distance from impact to the ball arriving


It's 78 feet from baseline to baseline. Most players don't stand 12 feet behind the line. Maybe 6 or so. However, tennis balls lose more speed, first with being fuzzy, second with bouncing. And you have a bigger hitting instrument...but you have to be able to get to the ball and put a decent swing on it unless you want to get crushed on the next shot (instead of worrying about a 18" x 18" strike zone, you have a 30 foot by 8 foot strike zone that you're in the middle of.)

I assume it's easier to hit the serve because I've actually returned some 100+ mph serves (mostly through luck)...but tennis does help you a ton in baseball - my baseball downfall was hitting and then after playing tennis I started seeing pitches a lot better and usually could make contact if it was anywhere near the strike zone, which I couldn't before (not that anyone I was hitting against was pitching that fast).

slotz: I wonder if the tennis gods will change the equipment specifications to slow down the serves and make the game more volleyish and less smashish. Like the dead ball era in baseball.


The problem with the powerful rackets isn't the service game - it's that it enables you to hit great baseline shots no matter how terrible your position is. If you watched the slo-mo, the guy returned this serve pretty easily and with a decent shot - he probably could've even won the point if he tried going up the line on that run to the net (though it would've been a tougher shot, there would've been little chance the server would have put it back - going crosscourt on it just gave him an easy finishing volley). That's what's led to the death of the serve-and-volley game - it used to be important to get your opponent out of position and make him hit shots on the run with little margin for error...now it's easy enough to hit running forehand winners that I can do it, and I suck (3.0-3.5 USTA level).
 
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