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Comment by Paul Atreides on May 30, 2013 at 7:33pm

Laver could do anything with the ball from that position from drive volley to drop shot. 

Comment by Tim Prapong on May 30, 2013 at 12:27pm

Yes, I don't doubt he will move to a closed stance upon finish. It would be too much stress on the back leg to leave the weight transfrer unfinished.

I am still loving that wrist angle, because it also provides a little clue into his mindset as to placement.

Comment by Paul Atreides on May 30, 2013 at 8:45am

That form is perfect backhand volley form, except that Laver tended to take a bigger backswing on volleys than most great volleyers.  He had the talent and skill to do that.  IMO, his open stance is the result of the timing of the photo.  He will step across with his left foot as he makes contact - correctly moving through contact.  Notice the wrinkle in the carpet where his right foot is planted. 

Comment by Tim Prapong on May 29, 2013 at 11:47pm

Just love the form on his backhand volley. He cocks his wrist at an interesting angle. Also, his back leg leads in order to be ahead of the ball.

Comment by Paul Atreides on May 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

Mark, It looks like a customized Dunlop.  From the throat down, it has all of the typical markings of the Dunlop Maxply Fort, maybe the most popular tennis racquet of all time.  But, the hoop looks like something else.  It's got three seperate sections: top, middle and bottom, instead of only two, and the lamination on the bottom section of the hoop looks dark (maybe dark brown), instead of the usual white.  Very strange. 

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on May 21, 2013 at 7:59am

What kind of racquet is that?  A dunlop?

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