How does ball pocketing affect spin? In the traditional view of spin, spin is created by brushing the racquet across the ball. However, since the ball will pocket if the stroke is hit with sufficient energy, does the idea of "brushing" become irrelevant, since there is no "brush" if there is "pocketing"
I would imagine the deeper the pocket, the less brushing there is.
Does that make any sense? Or am I totally misunderstanding?
I really want @chucktomlin to comment on this one because he has some really novel ideas about ball pocketing
Its not a black and white/ mutually exclusive scenario. The elastic energy from the stretched strings can also deliver power tangentially across the ball. When strings slide and snap back they're helping to add spin with the stretch-slingshot effect
I guess I don't quite understand how you can brush and pocket simultaneously?
The way I "imagine" brushing, I would think it works by transferring energy due to friction of strings moving tangentially across ball face
Whereas pocketing stores the strings elastic energy and transfer it to ball perpendicular to the ball face
It just seems that while the ball is being pocketed, it cannot simultaneously be brushed...? So I guess my qn is, do we really brush? Or is it just a mental image to get the racquet moving in a particular swing plane?
No, brushing doesn't become irrelevant. The desired spin effects from brushing are amplified by pocketing. They work together to create the fabled heavy ball.