Saturday, October 09, 2010
Marriage 301, Lecture 539: Spin city
SH: You know the physics of spin and how it affects how the [tennis] ball goes, right?
Me: No. [That was not covered in Physics 111 and 112, both of which I got an A in, but they were self paced physics without all the funny long Ss and a lot easier than regular physics for people who had had calculus in high school and for which the first test was designed so the mean was a 38, just to knock everyone down a peg]
SH: If you hit the ball this way, it gets topspin and then it blah blah blah. If you hit it this way, it gets backspin, which makes it blah blah blah.
Me: Uh huh. [Return to my book about a woman who makes couture shoes and has an Italian lover who is also her leather supplier but then he breaks up with her so now what?]
SH: So if you hit it this way, the ball blah blah blah, but if you hit it that way, blah blah blah.
Me: Uh huh. [Return to book]
SH: You're not interested in this?
Me: It has nothing to do with my level of ability. [Return to book]
SH: But you need to understand these things if you're going to become a better tennis player!
Me: I'm going to concentrate on just hitting the ball and getting it in every time for now.