Hawk Eye for recreation?

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  1. danbrenner

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    Hawk Eye for recreation?
    So there are a few times during a set, that my opponents make a close call in their favor, and it leaves me wanting a second opinion. So does anyone have a way to fix this. Maybe cameras along just the baselines would do?
     
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  3. danbrenner

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    Hey that's genius. I will call them to find out more. I like playing on hard courts better.
     
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    I sometimes film with my ipad.
    Helps on some calls but not on all.
     
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    How much does that cost?

    Can you let us know how much that costs. Does it work in cold weather - will need to be adjusted every summer?
     
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  6. MyTennisTools

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    I don't think we'll ever have hawkeye on every recreational court, but I've been thinking about just using a camera mounted on the back fence, as I do all the time, and then reviewing the play if the call is really egregious.

    The video probably won't work on the close calls of an inch or so, but 3 inches is easy to see. The only problem I'm having with this, and as I write, the solution seems to be coming, is locating the exact call. But if you have a remote control and immediately stop the footage, you could easily go to that spot as it would be the last 30 seconds of the file. You would have to have your laptop there, but then just plug it in your USB port and using a software like Quicktime, you can go frame by frame over that call. The whole process would only take two minutes.

    But do I think two guys in the heat of the battle could calmly go through this routine? Nah, no way. But it would be possible. If there were a more immediate way to make it happen, it would be good though. Maybe at district playoffs and higher someone could be manning the equipment. You could even have it hard-wired to the camera so that the playback could be immediate.

    As a side note, the guy I've played and practiced with for the last ten years is finally getting the message. I video most of our matches and make a note when he makes a bad call. Then when I get home I cut out those particular calls and show them to him. Sometimes put them on YouTube. After about the 5th time putting one up, his calls have been getting better. In fact, he gets nervous on his calls and looks at me to see if I agree. It's almost hilarious and I have to be careful 'cause he'll change his call if I give him a stare.
     
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