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edberg505
07-24-2006, 01:56 PM
This is just a clip of me hitting some serves. I got bored so I went out last night and I hit some serves.

http://www.vidiLife.com/index.cfm?f=media.play&vchrMediaProgramIDCryp=B4C383DE-B458-4769-B10C-3

JLBAYERR
07-24-2006, 01:57 PM
oh, ok. i see it now

zhan
07-24-2006, 05:39 PM
nice...
how fast were u hitting u know?

drakulie
07-24-2006, 05:43 PM
Just out of curiosity..why don't you keep the ball hopper closer to you on the side of the baseline?

edberg505
07-24-2006, 05:50 PM
nice...
how fast were u hitting u know?

I've been clocked at 115, but that's because I don't go for huge serves. I could go bigger. I mostly go for placement and kick serves. If you listen to one of those serves. You can hear the sound of me hitting a can of balls. I'm all about placement because a well placed serve will give me the chance of seeing a good volley come back.

edberg505
07-24-2006, 05:52 PM
Just out of curiosity..why don't you keep the ball hopper closer to you on the side of the baseline?

It's just habit. I'm not really sure why I do that. I guess because I just don't like it near me and it gives me the sense that I'm playing in a match because I don't see the hopper immediately in my view.

JLBAYERR
07-24-2006, 06:31 PM
Wowwwww... :o Really nice form. You've got kind of a hint of the Andy Roddick little jerk in the serve, and I must tell you it looks better than his. Man, I wish I could serve like that...

Discovery660
07-24-2006, 06:37 PM
I like everything with your serve. Keep up the good work. :)

ACE of Hearts
07-24-2006, 07:31 PM
Good **** edberg, how did u posted ur stuff there?U got a site with video?

35ft6
07-24-2006, 08:14 PM
Nice motion. Up top you almost look like Sampras until you begin the toss. If I had to guess, I would say those serves were high 90's to low 100's.

edberg505
07-24-2006, 08:36 PM
Good **** edberg, how did u posted ur stuff there?U got a site with video?

Thanks. Yeah, that website is freakin cool. I found it on someone's webpage. I like it better than youtube because it plays automatically when you click the link and if you embed it it will automatically play as well. Also you can upload bigger files there, whereas there is a limit on youtube. I will post a new serving clip that I shot from above so you guys can see where the serves land in the box. And as soon as I have time and can find a willing participant I will post some clips of a tennis match.

ChipNCharge
07-24-2006, 08:37 PM
I've been clocked at 115, but that's because I don't go for huge serves.

As a lowly 4.0, 115 would be a huge serve for me! You've got a nice, smooth service motion, btw.

edberg505
07-24-2006, 08:47 PM
Nice motion. Up top you almost look like Sampras until you begin the toss. If I had to guess, I would say those serves were high 90's to low 100's.

Yeah, I figured I kinda had the Sampras motion but I wasn't sure how close it was to the actual motion. And your estimation of the serve speed sounds about right. I rarely if ever go for big serves. I mean a 115mph slice serve out wide is very lethal if place correctly.

Mike Cottrill
07-24-2006, 08:57 PM
505,
Nice Video. How did you get your camera at that height?
Thanks
Mike
Bleachers?

edberg505
07-24-2006, 09:06 PM
505,
Nice Video. How did you get your camera at that height?
Thanks
Mike
Bleachers?


Yup, bleachers. Wait til you see my other post.

RiosTheGenius
07-24-2006, 09:27 PM
very nice serve.. I think you have a very simple and smooth form, plus you look like a big guy, so that ball must come heavy. I'd like to see what you look like when you come in with it during a match. thanks for posting.

looseswing
07-24-2006, 09:33 PM
Kind of looks like you could have a little more shoulder rotation, but damn man you serve very nice. Better than me!

35ft6
07-25-2006, 12:38 AM
And your estimation of the serve speed sounds about right. I rarely if ever go for big serves. I mean a 115mph slice serve out wide is very lethal if place correctly. I'm the same way. I'm mostly a spot server. I only try to serve really big when I'm playing somebody exceptionally good. I've been clocked at 117 mph (in a booth at US Open using a clunky extended racket and no warm up) but I'd be surprised if I ever serve faster than 105 or so in most matches.

brucie
07-25-2006, 05:01 AM
How are those courts lighted? normal floodlight? It seems diffeent.

Duzza
07-25-2006, 05:05 AM
Ok, am I the first to say it, but did every serve he hit go into or hit the tape?
Nice action anyway :D

edberg505
07-25-2006, 08:49 AM
How are those courts lighted? normal floodlight? It seems diffeent.

I'm pretty sure those are normal floodlights.

edberg505
07-25-2006, 08:53 AM
Ok, am I the first to say it, but did every serve he hit go into or hit the tape?
Nice action anyway :D

Out of the 4 serves I hit on that clip, 2 hit the tape. They were the last two. And the first two went in with 1 of them hitting the target that I set up.

Viper
07-25-2006, 10:50 AM
I wish I could serve like that :(

edberg505
07-25-2006, 11:49 AM
Ok as promised, here is a view of me hitting from up above.

http://www.vidiLife.com/video_play_732774_Me_serving_with_view_from_top.ht m?tc=669647

edberg505
07-25-2006, 12:24 PM
I'm the same way. I'm mostly a spot server. I only try to serve really big when I'm playing somebody exceptionally good. I've been clocked at 117 mph (in a booth at US Open using a clunky extended racket and no warm up) but I'd be surprised if I ever serve faster than 105 or so in most matches.

Are you a 5.0 player?

boojay
07-25-2006, 01:16 PM
nice form, i really like your style. And I agree, placement is sooo much more important than power. Not only that, but better gauges where you are as a player, to be able to put the ball where you want at will with enough pace.

Slazenger
07-25-2006, 01:45 PM
Placement is everything IMO!
That's why it's possible to hit 88mph second serve aces.

Mr.Federer
07-25-2006, 03:36 PM
Nice vid Edberg, but where did you put your camera man? And what time was it???:p

35ft6
07-25-2006, 04:33 PM
Are you a 5.0 player? 5.0 to 5.5 right now. Strong 5.5 to very weak 6.0 when I'm playing regularly. I can confidently say 5.5 because I played a guy who wins 5.5 tournaments with some regularity in So Cal and I beat him pretty badly.

GRANITECHIEF
07-25-2006, 04:42 PM
35ft6. I'd like to play you. Do you ever come to Santa Barbara? We'd probably have an enjoyable match.

Same with you Edberg505. Although the only time i find myself in NM is when i'm skiing Taos or Santa Fe Basin. Several of your serves on the vid looked tasty, like in the wheel house tasty, but that was cool when you beaned the out wide corner target. I often find that if the target is actually placed ON the corner, that a ball hitting it would actually be a little bit out.

edberg505
07-25-2006, 05:43 PM
5.0 to 5.5 right now. Strong 5.5 to very weak 6.0 when I'm playing regularly. I can confidently say 5.5 because I played a guy who wins 5.5 tournaments with some regularity in So Cal and I beat him pretty badly.

Wow, 5.5. Impressive. You'd defintely give me a run for my money. I'm slightly out of shape as I don't play as regularly as I should.

edberg505
07-25-2006, 05:48 PM
35ft6. I'd like to play you. Do you ever come to Santa Barbara? We'd probably have an enjoyable match.

Same with you Edberg505. Although the only time i find myself in NM is when i'm skiing Taos or Santa Fe Basin. Several of your serves on the vid looked tasty, like in the wheel house tasty, but that was cool when you beaned the out wide corner target. I often find that if the target is actually placed ON the corner, that a ball hitting it would actually be a little bit out.


When were you last in NM? This past ski season was pretty crappy. But a year ago I went to Santa Fe. That's pretty much the only one I go to since Taos doesn't allow snowboarders. And it would be cool to play you. Wheel house eh? lol, I'd like to play against you. I actually like my serves coming back with intrest because I can just react to those; it's those damn floaters that I can't stand, esp if I'm playing against a fast player. I give them way too many opportunities to pass me.

edberg505
07-25-2006, 06:10 PM
Nice vid Edberg, but where did you put your camera man? And what time was it???:p

I put it on the roof of the building.;) It was about 11pm when I recorded that. I will try tomorrow to video tape a match. I think I found someone to play against. We usually have pretty good matches so I'll try to record and post that ASAP.

35ft6
07-25-2006, 06:45 PM
35ft6. I'd like to play you. Do you ever come to Santa Barbara? We'd probably have an enjoyable match. No, but it's only a matter of time. When I do, I'll give you a head's up. Like I said, I'm probably a strongish 5.0 right now. Are you ever in LA?

here's my internet safe alias mac address: ******_bog@mac.com

35ft6
07-25-2006, 06:46 PM
Wow, 5.5. Impressive. You'd defintely give me a run for my money. I'm slightly out of shape as I don't play as regularly as I should. Yeah, if I could play 2 or 3 times a week for a few weeks leading up, it would be a good match. If you're ever in LA...

Mike Cottrill
07-26-2006, 06:33 AM
I put it on the roof of the building.;) It was about 11pm when I recorded that. I will try tomorrow to video tape a match. I think I found someone to play against. We usually have pretty good matches so I'll try to record and post that ASAP.

How did you get on the roof at 11pm :p I was thinking that was some bleachers all on one side of the court :rolleyes:

RiosTheGenius
07-26-2006, 10:19 AM
No, but it's only a matter of time. When I do, I'll give you a head's up. Like I said, I'm probably a strongish 5.0 right now. Are you ever in LA?

here's my internet safe alias mac address: ******_bog@mac.com
so first a weak 6.0
then a confident 5.5
and now a strongish 5.0
so.... are you joining the 4.5 tourney next week?? ... :lol: just kidding man.

onehandbh
07-26-2006, 10:36 AM
hey 35ft6, which part of LA are you in? Let me know if you want to
hit or play a practice match some time. I am in the valley.

(remove spaces to e-mail)
you can reach me at: f u n n y f r o g g y@gmail.com

Mike213
07-26-2006, 10:54 AM
edberg, are you using luxilon?

edberg505
07-26-2006, 11:23 AM
edberg, are you using luxilon?

I used to use luxilon but I stopped because I just couldn't get used to the feel and because that string is pretty expensive. I may give it ago again. I use a hybrid, babolat ballistic poly 17 main and wilson stamina 17 on the crosses.

Big Fed
07-26-2006, 01:01 PM
Yayaye we got another black man on da fourms

Andres
07-26-2006, 01:02 PM
Yayaye we got another black man on da fourms
Another one? Are you african american too?
He's been here for quite a while. If anything, you're the OTHER black man ;)

35ft6
07-26-2006, 04:28 PM
so first a weak 6.0
then a confident 5.5
and now a strongish 5.0
so.... are you joining the 4.5 tourney next week?? ... :lol: just kidding man. Guess I'm saying I exist:

5.0 ----5.5-- 6.0

Where the dashes are, depending on how much I play. I have a pretty no-frills playing style so I don't fluctuate as much as some, maybe. Most people who hit with me are surprised when we play a match and I beat them pretty easily. For one thing, I could use some better hitting partners, but I have the kind of game that makes people feel like they beat themselves rather than me having beat them.

Big Fed
07-26-2006, 07:33 PM
Yea im am the OTHER black man

TENNIS_IS_FUN
07-26-2006, 08:56 PM
So...any idea when your match is gonna be posted edberg? i'd really love to see it.

edberg505
07-26-2006, 09:31 PM
So...any idea when your match is gonna be posted edberg? i'd really love to see it.

I have a few games. I will try to pick out the good points and post them. I didn't get a chance to get much because it started raining before I got much good stuff.

TENNIS_IS_FUN
07-26-2006, 10:10 PM
I have a few games. I will try to pick out the good points and post them. I didn't get a chance to get much because it started raining before I got much good stuff.

That would be great...btw, i dont know if anybody has mentioned this so far, but your wind up on your serve looks almost identical to sampras' serve...except for the contact and leg motion.

edberg505
07-26-2006, 10:27 PM
That would be great...btw, i dont know if anybody has mentioned this so far, but your wind up on your serve looks almost identical to sampras' serve...except for the contact and leg motion.

Yeah, It's crazy how Sampras can get that much power on his serve without bringing his legs together. I've tried to copy it and I just can't do it. One of a kind. Now Edberg on the other hand. I can do his no problem. In fact I may post a clip of that too. Hehe.

TENNIS_IS_FUN
07-27-2006, 07:44 PM
So...when can we expect to see the match. Sorry, im really bored and curious.

edberg505
07-27-2006, 08:32 PM
So...when can we expect to see the match. Sorry, im really bored and curious.

Unfortunately with the wind blowing and my forgetting to turn off the auto focus. I don't really have much. Most of it is really blurry. I have a few, very, very short points. LOL. I mean like me hitting return winners or him hitting some good shots. But I will post the what I can tonight. On Saturday I should have some good footage. And I will post more on Sat.

Swissv2
07-27-2006, 10:53 PM
Cant wait man, thanks for the clips!

edberg505
07-28-2006, 12:14 AM
http://www.vidiLife.com/video_play_738165_me_playing_a_few_points_with_my_ friend.htm?tc=669647

Ok here is the footage. But like I told you there were some really short points. here are just a few. I'll post more later.

Swissv2
07-28-2006, 12:17 AM
excellent two points. I am soooo tempted to film the female tennis team at my school because they are pretty decent. Just to say I was motivated by this thread.

edberg505
07-28-2006, 12:24 AM
excellent two points. I am soooo tempted to film the female tennis team at my school because they are pretty decent. Just to say I have was motivated by this thread.

Thanks, I'll find some of me serving and some of him making some pretty darn good and lucky shots. lol

GRANITECHIEF
07-28-2006, 08:16 AM
I could put together a wicked highlight reel, but all my videos are from an old school HI-8 mm camera or VHS tape. How would i do this?

Have you ever tried putting the camera in the court, at the back - center at the top of a fully extended tripod. That works quite well, you can see pretty much how the whole point plays out, except for the two close corners.

edberg505
07-28-2006, 09:15 AM
I could put together a wicked highlight reel, but all my videos are from an old school HI-8 mm camera or VHS tape. How would i do this?

Have you ever tried putting the camera in the court, at the back - center at the top of a fully extended tripod. That works quite well, you can see pretty much how the whole point plays out, except for the two close corners.

I thought about doing that but I wanted to use a wide angle camera lens. I'm sure it would work just perfectly then. But I'm also afraid of a rocket serve screwing up my camera. lol. And as for you HI8 camcorder solution, something like this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&kw=PIDDVC85&is=REG&Q=&O=productlist&sku=400877 should work just fine.