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  1. Mick3391

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    I didn't even stay for the last part, yea the visual is fine. Nice choice in racquets! I have two 95's and a Bab Aero GT
     
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    No problem! This is as fun to me as to you.
    I'll try to get full court tmrw. I'll see how that works out.

    Thanks! Going from a blx 90 to this has been a interesting experience...but a fruitful one!
     
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    Unfortunately, court time was severely limited (horrible weather outside)
    So I was able to take a small 60fps video of me shanking an attempted drop feed :)
    Here it is for your perusal and, more importantly, jeers and laughter.
    Slo-mo second half.
    http://youtu.be/VWPmH4XBlls
     
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    720p 60fps looks fine. Not sure if it's any better for casual viewing than 1080p 30fps. I'd guess that increases in fps benefits mainly analysis and not so much casual viewing.
     
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    It's not only fair, it's expected. It's a competitive market. It's the American way for chrissakes. :)
     
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    Everything, yea if you look at the description is has all kinds of stuff so you can attach it to fences, it's made for recording sports events.
     
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    Update; Yesterday played with Mick. He got an additional K-Factor today, so that makes one here and one at his moms if he plays there.

    Once again, me with literally one leg, I win 6-0, 6-0, 6-3. Last game I let him win 3 games, it was hard to throw them, wanted to build up his confidence, ended up crying.

    I don't know the deal, he is either on, a killer, or can't play at all. I truly don't understand this. Tennis is in the mind well I just don't know.

    He said he felt bad about losing so bad, I explained you have to be able to take a beating to be great, anyways we'll see, had a long talk afterwords.
     
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    what's happening? is the camera working?
     
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    Look 3 or 4 posts above.
     
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    Look 6 posts up.
     
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    a camera is only working when it shoots something :)
     
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    Make sure he knows there is no shame in losing if something is learned.
     
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    Yea, doing my best. I told him that "You can't be great if you can't take a great beating". It's true, I also told him we all lose, and it's great because it shows us what our opponents go through.

    The inconsistency? I have NO CLUE. I'll catch him on a great day for the video, but keep in mind when he's off, he can't do anything, he must be thinking too hard, I don't know.
     
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    One more thing lest anyone doubt my theory that Nervousness is a GOOD THING;

    Michael Jordan said "The day I don't feel nervous is the day I must QUIT the game of Basketball".

    I'm the same way, hitting with Mick I'm the most average player. Some punk wants to play me, I'll kill him, because my nervousness drives me to play better than I can.

    Yesterday, after giving Mick 3 games, I said "I want to show you that you can come back from anything, that being behind doesn't matter, I'll win the next 6 games". And of course I did, perhaps not the best example but I'm really onto this "Embracing nervousness", and setting yourself up to put additional pressure on yourself.
     
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    Talk about blending posts, above it a mixture of Mick and the nervous thread.

    Played today, Mick didn't want to, said he was tired. He played awesome again. Perhaps because I said "Let's just go play around", no pressure on him, I don't know, I want to be able to get him to play consistently, this is frustrating.
     
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    Consistency doesn't happen over night. Encourage him and teach him correctly and he will get there.
     
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    Excellent point. Mick?

    Is this going to be a diary, or a public relations blurb? :) Get some of the not so great stuff too.

    Totally agree, and you seem to be able to use any nervousness you feel to your benefit. That's a very good thing. I haven't always been able to do that. But, like they say, it ain't over till it's over.

    It's an official TT Blended Thread Post. :)

    So much for resting the injured ligament. :? Anyway, I hope you edit the videos (Videos? Did somebody say videos?) sufficiently Mick, so there's not a bunch of irrelevant in between stuff. Just the tennis action ... and of course interviews with and verbal exchanges between you and Mick Jr., etc. would be interesting. It's going to be a diary, of sorts, of his progress during a certain period of time, isn't it?
     
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    There was something Brent Abel(?) said about the stages of improving one's game. There is the initial drop in level as you get accustomed to a technical or mental approach to something specific, a plateau at a certain level, and then a small peak as one's comfort zone is stretched but successfully accommodated. The cycle then repeats.
    I find this to be true in my personal (amateur) experiences, and I'm sure it is what many find frustrating when they have a spell of horrible days. I know I tend to easily forget my tennis success and stress my failures, so it was especially difficult to get past bad days.

    When you add to this the fact that you guys aren't training every day (or many times a week at the least), Mick's bad days will be worse and his good days may very well be better. As long as he still enjoys playing, you guys should keep going, no doubt about it. Just keep the bigger picture in mind, and it will save both of you many frustrating hours!
     
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    I think this is more or less generally true in the acquisition and improvement of any skill.

    Hopefully. :) In my experience it usually does if one stays motivated enough to practice regularly, no matter what.

    Yep. Plateaus and ruts. Peaks and valleys. Good days and bad. They're inevitable.

    Excellent points, imo, psv255. Now, if Mick will just post that monumental first video ... then I predict a virtual torrent of entertaining vids and comments will ensue.
     
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    Only if those nerves can be controlled and channelled positively.. in the past, i would get so nervous that it worked against me.. felt like my entire body was drained of energy.. was not good
     
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    Thanks, yea the thing is not just "Well he's off and not playing well today", but "He can't play" OR "He is awesome".

    Today, tired, not really wanting to do anything but sleep, he was killing it. I was all praise. He has trouble concentrating in school, I'm pretty sure that's it. Or if he's tired, his mind isn't very sharp, but when on he's sharp as a whip.

    But yea I'm not making too big a deal of it, this thread by the way has been wonderful, I DO get frustrated, but only because I know how well he can do, anyways.....Will have some videos, I think like Tom keeps nagging me, he's right the videos show much more than me just writing a bunch of stuff.
     
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    What do you want Tom, I ordered the thing, 3-5 days it will be here, got a full race one made for recording sporting events.

    What does PR blurb mean?

    Yea, after playing yesterday I was legless, hurt my right leg. Seriously there is something wrong with me, I DIDN'T EVEN RUN, and all of a sudden my right leg HURTS. Get home can't walk down stairs.

    So no more of me, videos coming.
     
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    That's my entire point, using the nervousness to increase play.

    Yea, I can understand if you are nervous and can't control it, you'll be in trouble. My son plays best when he challenges some stranger, or when I hit it hard, strange. I hit it soft and I can SEE him thinking.
     
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    I thought you said you already had it. Well, never mind then. I'll cease nagging. Apologies. :)

    Public relations articles generally only present their subjects in a favorable light, while diaries or journals generally present the bad along with the good. You said you'd catch him on a great day for the video. So I, in another attempt at humor, asked, somewhat sarcastically, if it's going to be a diary (a journal) or a public relations blurb.

    That's not good.

    That is good. Ok, I'll be patient. Please take care of your injury properly. I'd like to see some vids of you playing some time in the next year. In the next few months if possible. But don't rush it. I did that with a wrist injury last year and it cost me about a month and a half of extra time away from playing.
     
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    Never apologize Tom, I got confused. Yea on this forum I talk when he does great, and also when he does bad. Yea it's tempting to only show the good, I know outsiders will come in here and give a bunch of BS, but I will do the good and the bad, after all it's for Mick.
     
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    Can you recommend me a good free editing software?
     
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    I mostly use Windows 7 operating system, and Windows MovieMaker 2.6 (which is free) to edit my tennis videos. There's probably free, or at least free to try shareware, video editing programs with more features than Windows MovieMakeer 2.6 out there. Other than that I can only say that it's up to you to do trial and error testing. Below is a reliable download site and repository for various free and shareware programs:
    http://download.cnet.com/windows/
     
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    I think I was the one who was confused. Plus, I was being impatient. The apology is as much to myself (a reminder to be patient) as to you.

    Anyway, it's been an interesting thread so far, and I think it will only get better as you post vids. But no hurry on that. :)
     
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    I'll look into windows movie maker. Thanks!!
     
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    Mick, I think you have some understanding of this issue from what I have read, but if this is something you really want to help little mick with, suggest you read up on the anxiety curve model

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    The above is a simplified graphic of the model, but it should give you an idea...

    Cheers
     
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    It's called the Yerkes Dodson Law isn't it? Proves that too much nervousness decreases performance. Just a friendly warning though: Mick3391 doesn't like to be told things that contradict his own reasoning. In fact, he doesn't like to be told anything period. Especially on his own Diary Blog Poast Fest.
     
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    ^^^Red - yep, spot on! It's a concept developed over 100 years ago and is still highly relevant in the field of human performance. I don't think it contradicts Mick Sr's reasoning as such, just hopefully provides some clarity around it! I'm sure he's a decent guy who just wants the best for Mick Jr (despite some of the 'wild' claims he has made on here), but if he is seriously going to be the lead in his sons tennis, he needs to understand this type of stuff before he starts trying to address it in their training - otherwise he will do more damage than good.

    Cheers
     
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    PS: love your avatar. I think he pushed that mo out in about half an hour. Lol.
     
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    Hi there, thanks for that. However I don't see any graph, perhaps it's just my computer. Maybe post a link? It would be interesting to learn how to TEACH someone to channel anxiety.

    I fully understand that anxiety, channeled wrong, will destroy your play. Likewise anxiety, channeled properly gives extra energy, improved brain awareness, energy, etc.

    Like I say with pro anybody, they are ALL NERVOUS, the difference is that they know how to use it. Somehow I naturally or perhaps there was a time when I learned to use it to my benefit.

    At this point, I'm not sure if my son can use it rightly or not. It seems when I hit the ball hard or if he plays a stranger, he does much better than just screwing around with me. He's not nervous playing me, but is against others.

    I would like to see that graph, if you wouldn't mind re-posting it or a link I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Excellent, I see it now. I wonder who wrote that. I know personally with enough fear I get into the anger zone, that's when I do my best. Anyways, cool, it does illustrate that anxiety helps if channeled properly. Thanks
     
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    I absolutely want input, and I thank those who thoughtfully offer advice. What I don't like are people like you who have never offered advice, but instead just come on to start a ruckus, like your false accusation above.

    If you have something good to say, bring it, I need help. Doesn't mean I'll agree, but you don't do that, you just come on to insult, mis-quote me, and generally try to put me down, THAT I'm not found of. I'm doing my best, I tell the truth, I am going to stay with MY form of training, but am certainly open to others views. LEE, Ashly, make good posts, and of course Tom and others, I respect their views even if I may not wish to adopt it.
     
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    I don't know what 'wild claims' my friend (I believe false humility is sin), but I will soon have videos of myself up soon, so....
     
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    ^^^It's a psychological model developed by Robert Yerkes and John Dodson around 1908. This graph is just one example of many variations of the model, but they are all essentially the same in basic theory. There have since been many studies "proving" the concept, but nothing has categorically stated the cause of the correlation - one assumes it relates to optimising levels of adrenaline caused by the arousal (stress).

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    Thanks again!
     
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    Update?..................
     
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    Turned out to be the 19th of January, I screwed up, but thanks for your interest.
     
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    Mick is still inconsistent to the extreme. He "beat", when I say beat it's not a match, which is what matters, but rally to win, against some guy, but yesterday played the 12th ranked USTA player in the Pac Northwest.

    This kid was awesome, Mick would have been blown out anyways, but he basically hit everything into the net, long. The kids dad said he paid $2800 a year in training plus monthly fees for 3 years to get him to that level.

    No more posts until video posts, should have camera by now.
     
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    So, set up my camera, feeling tired and of course torn ligament so I can't hit. Mick and I are hitting like crap, then I take a huge swing, racquet comes straight around to the bridge of my nose, almost knocked me out, blood everywhere, Xrays.

    I need to find a less violent sport than Tennis, something like Boxing or Full contact Karate!

    The videos didn't come out. We downloaded them, we are doing something wrong. Should have them up as soon as we can figure out the camera, I mean the videos even downloaded, but the picture was black with audio, weird.
     
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    Lens cap perhaps?
     
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    Ouch! You are a wild man.

    :)

    Only time that ever happens with me is when the lens is obscured or covered somehow.
     
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    I figured it out, have to compress them, have a bunch.
     
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    I've never had to compress video files from any video camera or camcorder I've ever had, and I've had a bunch. The raw or source .avi files on the sdhc card should play fine (ie., both video and audio) as is. At least that's what I've always experienced.

    I record the vids at the courts, then hook up the camcorder to one of the computer's USB ports, then the directories and folders with the video files appear on the computer screen and I can double click on them and they play. Then I can copy them to the computer, and then delete them from the memory card.

    Once on the computer I can edit them with a video editor (Windows MovieMaker is ok for this), and save the edited snippets in a compressed file format (usually .wmv) for upload to YouTube or sending in emails.
     
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    Sounds good my friend but not reality here. First, they came up black. Now I do what you say, that is simply open it, however even though I have a full race computer the videos play in quasi slo mo. I compress them and they play great!
     
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