Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by tennis_balla, Dec 17, 2010.
Yea its between like an eastern and semi-western I'd say, more to the SW side
are u in ontario?
do u play ota tourneys?
Yea I am in Ontario and not anymore, haven't played an OTA tournament in 5+ years
Your fluidity reminds me of Michael Stich.
Hear Hear. I agree.
From how the court looks, I believe I hit on the exact same court as you a few days ago XD.
There are green clay courts outside right?
those are in toronto
Mario with a modern forehand? No way! Must of taken lessons from Oscar Wegner
what level did u play at?
so many active members from toronto.
where are those courts? i m looking for a winter club. looks very similar to tam, except different court layout
I don't play in Toronto but I do live in Southern Ontario.
what level OTA did u play?
i m guessing A to open.
Open? No no thats much to high for me. Top 200 ranked Peter Polansky is 4.0 rated on TT Forum, I'm hoping to reach the 3.0 milestone soon
Just checked out the comments on my Youtube video, seems like I'm the new poster boy for MTM and the Wegner Method
u have nice "A" warm-up strokes, but losing to a pesky C player is also a possibility.
i give up
Train hard for the next few years...if you can't get to 3.0 until you're 35 you will miss your window, nobody over 35 can possibly reach that "mastery level".
Nope, not even Yoda.
Strong with this one the force is
What do you want me to say? Yes I played Open tournaments, lots of them and yes I've won prize money but any knucklehead who pays the entry fee can play open tourneys, thats why its called Open
I avoided your question because I don't like answering it and people can make up their own minds what level they think I'm at, I have no problem with that. Though if I ever lose to a C player I'm selling my rackets
i hope you plan to reveal your tournament record at the end of the study.
if not, i suggest to everyone, this is a complete waste of time
u r a tease and you deserve the starry bra from aphex
oh please... too much ego going on here. how bout u play each other and post the vid?
^^^ I concur ^^^
Oh no, I think he's going to try and convince me I stink and my game needs an overhaul
i m totally up for that. i have already hit with a few guys from TT.
just one hit. u dont have to play me again.
we will post the scores here.
not at all
u are probably open to C players
i have no clue. no judgement/opinion yet.
however i can see top open, A players posting videos here, maybe a recruiting video. jury is still out. evidence is conflicting
What evidence would that be? I posted a video of my strokes, nothing more. It is what it is. I never claimed to belong to any playing level because frankly I don't care nor do I want to get into these types of discussions. I only made fun of past ratings that people have made on these boards.
You were the one who came along asking questions about my level and didn't like the fact that I was being sarcastic.
Now you want to play me because the evidence in my video is conflicting? Whats the point? You're the same guy who posted a video of Will from FYB and wanted to know his NTRP rating. Coo coo
come down to central FL since it's a bit warmer. how bout i get to play each of you too.
i got the same offer from powerplayer
u choose to muck your cards. thats ok. u dont have to play me. just a suggestion.
but hold on, whats the point of posting your video again?
- are u trying to get an help on your ntrp becaue u are unsure about your rating?
- are u doing a test like aphex? testing our ability to rate?
- testing the waters, if u get a good response , it will confirm your own self rating. if u get bad responses, thats ok, it was meant to be a joke anyways.
imo, will is a good hit. i wanted other's opinion. i was wrong, i had the opnion that he was just a lot of talk. after seeing the video, my opinion has changed
from the class of 98, u are either EK or BC, other than that u are most likely not an open, top A player.
I know my own level. I've been playing since I was 5 years old, played tournaments since I was 10 and have been coaching for the past 6 years or so. I made this thread because I post on TT and others in the past have posted their own videos so I figured why not and say hey this is me, this is how I play. I mean even now theres a thread active about how people should be posting their own videos so we can see who's who, yet when someone does it turns in this discussion.
I've posted videos of myself playing guitar in the past on music forums and people either give advice or say hey thanks for sharing sounded good.
I don't care what people think of my level because its all subjective. If you believe I'm an A player thats fine, if someone thinks I'm a past pro or a 3.0 or 4.5 unless more is shown then thats cool too. I'm not looking for affirmation or want to know where I stand. I just posted a freaking video lol, I shouldn't have to defend it especially since there's no editing involved and I'm not trying to prove or claim anything. I don't understand how that is so difficult to believe.
muck your cards? u sure?
we can learn a lot from this thread.
this is more of an introduce yourself thread. cause u mentions the polansky rating and most videos threads on here are about ntrp rating, i assume this was the same. oh well
btw, what is your level?
Great strokes TennisBalla. I recognize a player when I see one. Easy power, I wish I had your leverage but I'm only 5'8. I'm a Ontarian myself but I'm not really familiar with Southern Ontario. Where are you based? Niagara Falls?
Well you should come down to the GTA and play in the various ITF's they have here. You'll get some good competition for sure. A lot of old tour players lurking around Toronto (like top 200-300s). Also you can come down to Kew and train with the likes of Adam Baraknowski, Ryan Chow, Peter Bedard and the likes.
Good luck to you.
dude, why do u always drop names?
i dont get it. i dont think they will appreciate that.
thats something, i wont even do. and i have been branded a troll.
I don't know the other guys but know Adam. Last time I talked to him was summer '09. He's got 2 kids and coaches at Kew Gardens over the summer (not sure if he's still there) but can still play, well he always could great player. Always liked his game, very easy and relaxed and consistent. Really nice guy as well.
Adam is a super guy. He's moved out closer to missisauga so it's a little tougher commute for him but yes he's still at KEW. Class act. He won the kew open last year and no one was even close and we've got some damn good players at the club.
I played him a couple years ago at the tournament and managed 2 games off of him. Those were two games earned with a lot of sweat, tears and oxygen. Hehehe.
Great coach. If anyone wants like solid instruction in the GTA I recommend him. He's not like most coaches or instructors who sometime cater too much to the 'feel good' lessons. He makes you earn it, ball by bloody ball.
Pushing...ummm if you're not from ON or the GTA these names mean nothing to you so who cares. On the flip side, if you are from GTA or play OTA you already know who I'm talking about or at least should.
If I was talking about a woman, I would never reveal her name in online forum. That's just unsafe.
Nothing wrong with dropping a name of someone who's already got their name out there, as a coach especially.
Very nice! If your 1HBH remains solid in match play and you have a pretty good serve, then you're probably close to 5.5-6.0 IMO.
I remember seeing Baranovski at the nationals about 15 years ago... HUGE flat forehand!
Excellent strokes. This could become an epic 100 page thread like the tonylars one. It's always sweet to get in on the ground floor! LOL!
# 89 is mine!
Fugazi nice for you to drop by bro! I hope your christmas is going well. ADam's forehand is still flat and big.
Best wishes to you and D this holiday. joyeux noel!
I doubt this thread will ever get to 100 pages, but I will update it here and there if I can with new videos. I wanna get a video of my serve again as I haven't done that in a while and some points/games/tiebreakers. Going to have to find a good camera spot for the points which will also show where the ball is going as the back view isn't wide enough for shots in the corner. I'll try a better camera next time as well, maybe that'll make a difference.
Thanks DavaiMarat! Joyeux Noël to you!
do u hit with AS from west of toronto? he also loves the guitar.
Awesome backhand, it looks effortless which is pretty incredible. I concur with the poster who envies your height, I got stuck at 5' 8" too.
I didn't feel like scrolling through all the replies, so I'm sorry if this has already been pointed out...
You have very nice, grooved groundies. I wish I could see your volleys and serve (the two things that I'm best at critiquing IMO). However, I did notice on your backhand slice that you tend to open up on it, making it pop up a little more than I (and probably you) would like. Make sure you're really keeping yourself sideways and throwing that left-arm back.
Otherwise, very solid.
the only thing that pops into my head when i watch your video is -- how many countless hours, days, weeks of actual time on a tennis court did you spend? and how many hundreds of thousands or millions of balls do you think you hit to get that good?
oh and then the idea that there are a handful of people out there who are even better.
thanks for posting balla. we really do need to convince TennisWarehouse to host a tennis tournament this summer and either make it an open tournament (lots of hacks and a couple of gems) or an invitational. and then post videos.
There are a lot more than a handful that are better then me, A LOT more
Put it to you this way, if I went to play in a tournament that mattered say a Futures qualie right now, I wouldn't like my chances in the first round.
that your speculation. do u really know they dont care? i prefer to err on the side of respect people's privacy
can i start calling you by your real name?
you are probably not even friends with any of them. i dont see you on adams nor ryan's FB friend's list
how stiff is the competition in A2, btw?
Yea, because you're not truly friends with someone unless you're on their Facebook friends list
pushing_wins, do you have anything positive to contribute to this thread or are you just going to come here and harass people and push your opinions upon them? because if that is the case I suggest you make your own thread and do it there.
Have a nice day.
Well I don't what to say...for someone who respects people's privacy, why run around and gather info on peeps on face book.
I have Adam's number in my phone. I know RC's dad quite well and run into the whole family at KEW all the time. But I don't think that was the point, who cares?. I was just saying to Tennis Balla that he could find some good competition at KEW and in the GTA.
ALSO...did I say in my last post that I was 'friends' with them? (even though I know them quite well). Chillax dude. Go back to your 'Convince someone they stink post', you'll have a lot more to contribute there bro. No offense but it sure sounds like your trolling again. No one cares about me or who I know or who I don't. This isn't highschool nor is it the movie industry. Just leave it at that.
I'd rather be discussing the leveraged power balla seems to get on a relatively easy swing.
Do you lead up your frames at all Balla?
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