Me playing a match

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  1. DavaiMarat

    DavaiMarat Professional

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    This is me and my friend Alex playing some singles.
    We're just a couple old men having a some good old fun!
    I screwed up the score somewhere in there. It doesn't matter anyhow.

    https://vimeo.com/79700730

    ENJOY!
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Thanks for posting, good stuff!
    Man, I'd have traded my soul for your body type. I played OLB and tight end 3 years in high school, and grew from 5'1" and 100lbs as a sophmore to 5'6", 118 lbs as a senior.
    Until I hit 35 years of age, I never weighed more than 132 lbs, at 5'11".
    You guys play a great and spirited game.
     
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  3. Dimcorner

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    Very nice looking game! Seems like the far court guy foot faults?

    PS. LeeD, I graduated high school about 5'7" and 120lbs as well! However after getting married I had to start hiding my six-pack so I'm now at 148 or so :( I really need to get down to about 135-140 (Nothing I can do thou will get me to 5'11". No I'm not wearing heels).
     
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  4. Cheetah

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    Nice contact point on the fh.
    Foot faults.
     
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  5. rkelley

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    Good stuff man. Nice hitting.
     
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  6. ProgressoR

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    I enjoyed watching it, good stuff

    I didnt see much coming to the net, even when it was a good time to do it, do you avoid it, or just not part of your game?
     
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  7. DavaiMarat

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    Net? What's a net? Someone once told me you could hit the ball before it bounces....i think it's just a myth. =)


    One a more serious note...
    I think I hit one volley near the end and duffed two into the net.
     
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  9. Torres

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    What stick you playing with Davai? PMP?
     
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  10. arche3

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    Which guy are you? The Asian closer to camera in beginning of video?
     
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  11. DavaiMarat

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    Prestige MP with Head Hawk at 53lbs.
     
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  12. DavaiMarat

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    Aye that's me. All 200lbs of me. Man I look wide as a mac truck.
     
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  13. arche3

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    I alway thought you were a Russian lol. From your avatar.
     
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  14. TimeSpiral

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    You guys don't change ends when you play a match? I found that very bizarre.

    Other than that, I enjoyed the video quite a bit.
     
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  15. user92626

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    Is it normal for you folks to move at that speed between points? Retrieve balls, walk, set up, etc.? Just curious. :)

    I'm not an impatient guy but I tend to jog to pick up balls. Get in place and bounce the ball about 3 times before serving.
     
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  16. maleyoyo

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    Good stuff.
    One thing I notice is that you let him dictate the points by defending way behind the baseline. You let the balls drop before you hit even on short ones. You can’t really be offensive and open up the court from far back unless you go for high-risk shots.
    “Don’t give up your real estate and always look for chances to gain better court position”, my coach said. It made a world of difference for me
     
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  17. DavaiMarat

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    Good point. I'm working on flattening out the high balls which would allow me to take them earlier. Alex hits even more spin then me. We like to play clay court tennis on a hard court it seems.

    I'm getting some great tips from a professional coach who posts here often. I won't tell you his name but you'd know him. He says it's mostly my positioning which fouls me up. I'm going to have to have a coach work on my addressing the ball.
     
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  18. DavaiMarat

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    I'm only russian in spirit....hehehe.
    Vodka shot anyone?

    Marat is and always will be my fav player. No player comes closer to emboding a rock star, comedian and top tier tennis player then Marat.

    Delpo is a sentimental second.
     
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  19. Dasol

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    Thanks for sharing this nice video!

    Could you let me know your tennis level? I do not have a NTRP level and just wonder whether this is a 4.0 match, since some players at the club where I occasionally play said they are 4.0, but you seem to play better than them.
     
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  20. TimeSpiral

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    I'll try again ...

    Marat, why are there no change of ends in the video?
     
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  21. DavaiMarat

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    We don't often change indoors. The conditions don't vary enough. We stop for a drink when ever anyone wants too.

    Not a serious match...just two old friends trying to bash the hell out of each other and have a cold beer after (which were in my bag).
     
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  22. TimeSpiral

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    Wow ... Is that a common practice for indoor matches? We don't have indoor courts in Florida. Even in casual social matches with buddies we change ends down here.
     
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  23. Torres

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    Out of interest, how did you attach the camera to the wall? It looks like curtains?
     
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  24. DavaiMarat

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    Common practice to save time cause as you know courts are by the hour indoors. You can also chalk it up to just wanted to get the game moving.
     
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  25. DavaiMarat

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    It's a product called Volley Can which I've been reviewing for the last 2-3 months. It's pretty solid. You can catch the full review soon on my youtube channel.
     
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  26. TimeSpiral

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    I'm on the fence about the VolleyCam. It's just so expensive ...

    Pun intended, btw. Did you get the one with the camera included, just the mount, and which model did you get?
     
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  27. DavaiMarat

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    I don't want to let too much out of the bag before I upload the review however I will say this. Yes it's a little pricey but imagine how many private lessons you can get for the price of one volley cam. Not too many I think.

    However, it's more a strategic tool. From that vantage point you're not going to see much about your strokes. It's more about where you are and where you are hitting it relative to your opponent.

    For example, I've realized I need to work harder on recovery. The volley cam clearly shows me out of position several times when Alex hit his shot.

    I used a kodak zi12 but any old camcorder will do. I will suggest you getting a wide angle lense adapter for it. I don't have one and you see I'm missing a chunk of the left and right.

    Anyways I won't say anything else...other then it's worth it.
     
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  28. tennis_avid

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    Nice hitting. Your game might improve if you can get to the net faster after an approach shot. You were caught in no-man-zone many times.
     
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