Excuse me while I step up to my soapbox ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapbox
Prior to the last couple of updates, it was possible for a diagonal slice shot to be pretty low, with little arc, and for the ball to catch sometimes the net cord. Sometimes, the ball would hit the net lower than the cord, sometimes it could clip the cord and fall over, and other times it would just clear the cord. I think that this was pretty realistic, as certainly this type of shot is possible in real tennis.
Now, regardless or how in the red I or in the green I am when hitting the ball with the slice shot in a diagonal direction, the ball seems to arc over the net like a car going over a hill. It is like there is an imaginary road the ball is going down with a hump stationed on top of the net. I don't like this, and I don't think that it is realistic.
I play tennis on Saturdays with a gentleman who has a nasty habit of slicing almost every strike, such that even when we are just, I thought, going to hit the ball around and not play for points, his returns are short, the ball curves a lot, and after the bounce the ball moves unpredictably in any number of directions. I was pretty frustrated
with him this weekend as I tired of having to run toward the net every time
he would hit the ball
, only to get there too late
to return it, while I was just basically hitting the ball back to him
so that we could hit it around a bit. Anyway, my point is that sometimes when he used this shot
, the ball cleared the net and did what he wanted
. In fact, this last time he seemed to have this magic touch as he almost always got it right
, and he seemed pretty pleased with his ability (and I expect he enjoyed seeing me running everywhere and finding myself too close to the ball when it rose and curved toward me
). Not that I am upset about this or anything
However, there were some times, especially when I in frustration subtly put something extra on my returns
, that his evil shot would not clear the net. This is the way that it was in TE2009 prior to this change, and I liked it better that way. Just like I can't take away this wicked slice shot that I hate so much
from the guy that I play with on Saturdays, I don't think that it should be taken out of TE2009 just because maybe it is hard to return. Many releases ago, this shot was easier to hit, and then there was an update where it was a little more difficult but still possible (but the player had to be in the right position, with the right preparation, returning a certain range of shots from his opponent, and applying the right direction, etc.). Now, it seems impossible to hit anything even close to this, and the little hump over the net is very artificial.