An "Hour" of tennis.

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  1. lynnbart

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    With everyone associating playing time in 'hours' to their tennis strings, I need some help with what is considered an hour.

    Is an hour on the court an "hour" on the strings. You're not hitting the entire time, changing sides, chasing balls, etc....

    Is an hour on the strings the same as an hour of hitting drills and feeding balls ? If you play a set in an hour, would that be considered an "hour" on the strings ?

    Just curious...Thanks!
     
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  2. Ramon

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    For me, it's the equivalent of an hour of singles. If I'm playing doubles, I'll cut the on-court time in half. If it's a drilling session it depends on the number of people who are there and the intensity of the workout.
     
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  3. mikeler

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    I try to specify my hours as singles or doubles since I rarely just hit balls or take a lesson.
     
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  4. lynnbart

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    If my son warms up hitting balls pretty agressive and then plays a set, I can count the 1 to 1.5 hours as full time ?
     
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  5. Rozroz

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    of course.
     
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  6. pvaudio

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    I count an hr-15 to an hr and a half of court time as an hour of hitting for this reason. There's warmup, changeovers, watching other courts, etc. Now if it's match time, that's different. But just hitting, 5-6 isn't quite an hour of true tennis time.
     
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  7. wmilas

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    I specify mine as singles. When I hit with a pro, or a partner I usually hit many more balls in an hour.
     
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  8. maggmaster

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    I hit for an hour every day on the ball machine and average about 700 balls, that is far different than playing doubles. I count the ball machines as 1.5 hours, hitting with a partner as 1, singles as 1 and doubles as .75
     
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  9. kopfan

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    Do you really have to be so specify? It just a reference........
     
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  10. bigmalik76

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    I was thinking the same thing after reading all the responses.

    Hour for me is hitting for 1hr singles or practices (even though I hit more balls in Practice) I am sure in the end between singles and practice it evens out anyways.
     
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  11. tennisfreak73

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    i agree with mikeler, most of us probably don't spend a lot of time just hitting balls other than for warm-up.
     
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  12. UCSF2012

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    Officially, it's an hour of ACTUAL hitting. Each hit takes 3ms (6ms if you hit hard). You do the math.
     
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  13. jrxl

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    With Bab Play&Connect we will finally get accurate play time. Much easier than keeping a running total of how many shots you have hit in a session and multiplying by 3ms.
     
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  14. fortun8son

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    So, assuming 4ms per hit, you would have to hit the ball 900,000 times to equal 1 hour. ROFLMAO :lol:
     
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  15. NLBwell

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    Pretty good. Someone actually did the math.
     
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  16. COPEY

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    And it was easy math, too.
     
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  17. fortun8son

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    Yeah.
    So, stop worrying, everybody.
    Your Poly is good for 2-9 million hits.
     
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  18. Muppet

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    fortun8, I think you calculated how many racquet-ball contact bursts (4ms) you need to fill an hour. That doesn't account for the time the ball travels (1.5 sec. ?) Assuming that's correct and each strike is .004 sec., each drive would take 1.504 sec. My 1.5 sec. number is a pretty sloppy guesstimate. But you can see that for one hour (3600 sec.) divided by the time for a drive (1.504 sec), gives us 2394 or 39.9 drives/hr.
     
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  19. UCSF2012

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    Drives per hour? No, buddy. That's golf. This is tennis. .....tennnnn-nist.
     
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  20. UCSF2012

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    Poly lasts 2 weeks before it goes dead. That's 24 hrs x 14 days x 900,000 hits.
     
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  21. Muppet

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    shot, drive . . . either way. And my 39.9 number is for a non-stop rally for an hour.
     
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  22. Logic Dude

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    I hope no one ever takes you seriously.
     
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  24. fortun8son

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    You divided further by 60 so that's 39.9 drives per minute.
    Still a ridiculous figure, even if you divide by 2 for your opponent's return.
    You can't even get that from a ball machine because you have to stop and reload.

    This started out as a legitimate question, but has become a fish-slapping dance.
     
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  25. Muppet

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    39.9 strokes/hr didn't seem right, so I tried it again and got 2394 strokes per hr. Again, a non-stop rally @1.504 sec./shot for one hour. I was counting the opponent's shots.
     
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  26. UCSF2012

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    39.9 strokes per hour. That means you swing your racket once every 1.5 minutes, right? ....I think someone really sucks at tennnnnn-nist. :oops:
     
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  27. NLBwell

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    A fish-slapping dance?
     
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    Monty Python Classic.
    Sigh. I knew someone would have to ask.
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    Sounds like you choose a very apt username, mate...
     
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    I removed the butt cap and installed a stop watch there to track time.
     
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  31. NLBwell

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    I know all those things except the fish-slapping dance. Don't know how I missed that one. Thought I'd seen all the Monty Pythons.
     
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