Ken Flach: Genius

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  1. JoelDali

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  2. Richie Rich

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    he was known for his severe heavy topspin shots, right?
     
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    Drakulie has invented a triple-use ironing board which works better.
     
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    LOL

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    Sorry, but this is the most idiotic thing ever.

    My God, people dying in Haiti, Iranian scientists being assassinated and now this?

    Beam me up Scotty!

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    Ken Flach topspin prop may look stupid to any players that know how to hit topspin but if you ever tried to teach a beginner struggling with this technique who cant seem to grasp the concept, it may be genius. Im trying to teach topspin to a young lady who keep opening up the face of the racket, rather than closing and brushing up. This prop may just be a way to fix this problem ?
     
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    He was a great doubles player with Seguso, that's for sure. They peaked in the 1980's when they were #1.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W15uzZ79Bt0 (vs. Leconte-Forget, 1991 Davis Cup)


    Here's a excerpt on his partner, Robert Seguso from Wikipedia:

    Robert Arthur Seguso (born May 1, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. A doubles specialist, he won 4 Grand Slam men's doubles titles (2 Wimbledon, 1 French Open and 1 US Open). He also won the men's doubles Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, partnering Ken Flach. Seguso reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1985. He won a total of 29 career doubles titles between 1984 and 1991 .

    Seguso played doubles with Flach on the US Davis Cup team from 1985–91, compiling an 10–2 record. He was also a member of the US team which won the World Team Cup in 1985.

    Prior to turning professional, Seguso played tennis for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he was an NCAA Division II singles finalist in 1982 and Division I doubles finalist in 1983.

    Seguso married the Canadian tennis player Carling Bassett in 1987. The couple have three children – sons Holden John (1988) and Ridley Jack (1991), and daughter Carling Junior (1992).

    Seguso and his wife currently operate a tennis academy with Chris Evert.[3]
     
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  8. JoelDali

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    You know, your post makes alot of sense actually...for absolute beginners I see how this could be a useful tool on the court.

    I guess the commercials just make it look sorta silly but I've had a change of heart.

    Rock on Ken!
     
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    And y'all thought Ken Flach's only claim to fame was inventing the mullet...
     
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    Actually Flach is also well known for not knowing if a ball hit by the Leconte-Noah team hit him in the 1985 US Open doubles final.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1066268/1/index.htm

    It's amuses me that Leconte got his revenge later in the Davis Cup. Leconte, according to accounts was the dominant player in that doubles match against Flach and Seguso.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W15uzZ79Bt0
     
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  11. Datacipher

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    Vic Braden used to use a swoosh design poster on the side of the court, to help students model the topspin stroke, and I've seen other pros use similar makeshift props. I wouldn't pay any money for Flach's device, having a dedicated device seems a bit silly, but indeed, it may help some.
     
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    Just use an ironing board with a soft cover. At least that way the racquet is not going to get damaged.

    The device also does not teach hitting through the ball. A shot executed upwards like that will sit up like a duck.
     
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    And cheating.
     
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