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Whenever I've seen Hawkeye replays it does indeed seem to show the contact area of a distorted ball, not an undistorted one.This is not to say that it is always right, but it does seem to take the distortion of the ball in to consideration.
Quote from: LeeE on 02/02/2009 05:05:04Whenever I've seen Hawkeye replays it does indeed seem to show the contact area of a distorted ball, not an undistorted one.This is not to say that it is always right, but it does seem to take the distortion of the ball in to consideration.The point I was trying to make was that the distortion varies with the force that the ball hits the ground therefore the contact patch is not constant.
Consider a drop shot, maybe hitting the net cord maybe not, and then just dropping out to the linespersons eye. The player knows that hawkeye will deform the ball a lot more and it will probably show the ball as 'in'. The linesperson will have their wages reduced or sacked or whatever. The whole thing just makes people play more drop shots. How come you never see the ball boys (generic term) on Hawkeye?
I'm not sure the ball will be deformed more, most of the ones that we get to see are all from serves or base line rallies so they are of course deformed. But drop shots... I've seen ones where the ball is hardly deformed at all.
Hmm... isn't that a little bit cart-before-horse Sophie? Should the sports really be changed to fit in with the level of adjudication, rather than trying to increase the quality of adjudication so that it's adequate to the sport?