Net Height

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  1. slowfox

    slowfox Professional

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    Supposed to be 36-inches at the center. Most courts at my local park are high at 37-in. No big deal in the larger scheme of things. But today I measured a tennis ball at 2.5-in diameter. So a 1 inch difference in net height can affect 40% of the ball (if my math is right). Now I think about that when serving down the T... :)

    Posting this just for the heck of it...
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Ball is a constant, you can't adjust it's diameter.
    When you think about this.... you play tennis without singles sticks, so the alleys are low.
    So why not have everything askewed with a high center point?
     
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  3. Wodz

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    Sit on the net for a week for force it to drop to 30" then play with someone and hit drop shots 0.5" over the net to practice aim haha
     
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  4. Wodz

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    *and force it

    Or remove the net altogether and play with someone while pretending a net actually exists. I found that low level players cannot cope with a lack of net as a visual aid. Nets are an illusion designed to distract us during a swing..lol
     
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  5. rufus_smith

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    "....No big deal" !
    Don't tell that to my buddy who carries around a tape measure and will not play until the net is precisely 36"".
    Don't you have a center strap or a crank on the post to adjust the height properly?
     
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  6. slowfox

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    The straps and cranks are "ready for the glue factory" so to speak. :-|
     
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  7. TomT

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    The nets at my local public courts are often out of whack. So, I always take a tape measure with me to check the net height, and adjust it if necessary. Many of my flat serves and shots don't have much net clearance, so it does make a difference in my game to lower the net height if it's too high.
     
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  8. TheCheese

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    You've got a strange tennis partner.
     
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  9. Orion3

    Orion3 Semi-Pro

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    PP depends if he is short!

    1" to someone 5'6" will make a much bigger difference than it would to someone 6'

    I'm 5'7" and it makes a tangible difference to my first serve - noticably more lets or faults.
     
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