Skills and Fitness diary (with video)

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  1. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I have uploaded a video below that has been edited for time. My purpose for sharing this video is to receive feedback on the things I am working on ... Please be constructive. I know that the number one thing I need to do is lose weight ... then what?

    I plan to upload video every few weeks to document my progress both from a fitness persepctive and from a skills perspective. Hopefully you will see me transform into a lean-mean powerhouse on the court by next summer season.:)

    Dizzlmcwizzl video at 290
    Attached is a New Video at 280
    Service Return Video 1.6.2012
    Doubles at 275
    Doubles at 268
    Singles at 265
    Mid point video (260 pounds)
    Singles at 260
    Doubles at 257
    Doubles at 250 pounds
    Singles at 247 pounds
    Doubles at 245 pounds
    Doubles down 50 pounds
    Bad angle video
    Worse Angle Video
    Great Recording of ok doubles
    Indoor Doubles Poaching Strategy Advise
    Ground View of Groundies and Points
    Hitting with a recent college guy
    Singles at the 1 year mark
    Doubles after 13 months
    Singles - Serve and Volley
    Returns only
    Mindless Ball Bashing
    Best singles match to date 2013
    Ladder Semis 2014
    Fastest Serve I have caught on video[/QUOTE]

    My game is a big consistent serve with a powerful forehand that sometimes is inconsistent. I like my backhand because it is dependable and rarely misses in competition, but it does not blow anyone off the court either. My net game is vastly improved but this is still a work in progress.

    My biggest liabilities are my size and service return. I am working on the size thing. My service return is sometimes awesome and other times awful. When I am playing a lot and my timing is on I return well, when my timing is off then bad things happen.
     
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  2. maggmaster

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    How tall are you? You look pretty well distributed for what you weigh. Any weight training background?
     
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    I was at one point 6-3 (maybe I have shrunk since I am old).

    I never did any serious weight training but I played volleyball in college so there was a time when I was fit, could run and jump. I have always been solidly built however and a lot of my weight is carried in my thighs and gluts.
     
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    Cool. Look forward to the videos.

    I'm also a 4.0 that's working on improving. Take my advice with a grain of salt, but it looks to me like you should hit your volleys a little bit farther in front of you.
     
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  5. maggmaster

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    Plans for a fitness regimen? Weight training and cardio combined are better than either by themselves.
     
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    looks to me like improving your backhand would actually be to your benefit. It looks slow and loopy from that angle. Are you able to flatten it out at all? Even if just by a little it would help take time away from your opponents.
     
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    I just want to encourage you on your goal for weight loss.

    There is another currently running thread with this video of Tommy Hass hitting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8wwXxPxzmA&feature=youtu.be

    Notice how much lower he is able to sink his upper body as he winds his torso in preparation for each shot. Look especially how low he gets on the backhands.

    I know that currently your knees could never take that kind of abuse.

    But use tennis as a "carrot on a stick" to keep your weight loss going, so you can eventually use a great leg push off and bigger core rotation to power your strokes.

    Good luck!
     
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    Basically I plan to exercise more and eat less.

    I developed a shoulder strain after running into the wall during a match a couple of weeks ago so I am limiting the number of serves I am hitting. Went to a doctor and for the short term I am doing the "throwers ten" and rest for rehab on the shoulder.

    I am doing plyometric work for the legs, lots of core exercises and will do light lifting once the shoulder is well. For cardio, I like the low impact nature of swimming but that is rough on the shoulder until it is all healed. In the short term I do the elliptical but once I drop enough weight I will begin running.
     
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    It does look loopier than it feels so I will experiment with shortening it up. I do like the fact that I have margin with the backhand so I have never given much thought to flattening it out ... I will think about it but usually I use my backhand to hang in there until I can run around to the forehand.
     
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    You dont get much advantage from ur big mass currently. If u hit the ball much further in front of u on both sides while being relaxed u should be able to hit a much heavier ball.
     
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    this is sure shot recipe for disaster.

    more like:
    eat well (no junk; think refined carbs, sugar, processed, etc), rest well and exercise well (more is not better here).
     
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    I disagree with this. You can exercise more all you want and eating less is absolutely the end all be all key to actually losing weight.

    You don't even have to worry about what you eat. You really should so that you can be healthy and not just look healthy but eating less is what people always fail to understand. They try cutting this out or that, and it makes no difference.

    Calories in vs calories out. If you're at 290 for 6'3, I'm guessing you're overeating by a lot. As you lose weight you'll be surprised just how little you actually need to eat to fuel your body.
     
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    1. all calories are not equal.
    2. if you are on calories deficit perpetually, will you shrink and disappear off the planet?
     
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    Technically a calorie is The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 °C . So they are all equal. Show me someone who has taken this formula 12 * Lean body mass = Kcals and eaten this and only this for 6 weeks, if they have not lost weight I will literally eat my shirt.
     
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    lets not forget the context. a calorie of refine sugar affects the body differently from a calorie of fat which in turn affects the body differently from a calories of protein.
     
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    If u are able to do something perpetually, i guess by definition u will never leave the planet :confused:
     
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    exactly! For the purpose of a human being (as opposed to a robot) trying and succeding in loosing weight all calories are not equal. Just cutting donw on junk food instead of changing ur diet very rarely get the job done for human beings.
     
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    I did not plan this as a diary of my food intake and expect to share with each of you every detail of my plan.

    However, since it has become a dominant issue this is basically my food plan ....

    Move away from processed foods and caffeine in the mornings. Now I am having fruit smoothies and an English muffin but I will change as needed / necessary.

    Afternoon lunches are a homemade sandwich a few baked lays potato chips.... also subject to change.

    Dinner is prepared by my wife and involves significant fruits and vegetables. Snacks will be apples, oranges and/or carrots.

    I am removing the nightly 2 beers and the convenience food while driving to and from work.

    My exercise plan is well thought out and involves mornings spent with a personal trainer friend of mine who is helping.

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    I have little interest in "super diets" that you read in a book. It is my belief that eating healthy foods in reasonable amounts will do the trick. If this plan does not lead to sustained changes then I will investigate the no-carb diets, the no meat diets and the like. Fortunately I like healthy foods ... my main problem is that I usually choose the most convenient food which is often not the healthiest choice.
     
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    yeah this turned into some petty discussion about calories.

    I think eliminating your 2 nightly beers is enough to do wonders for you. crazy...
     
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  20. Pacific lefty

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    Fitness regime

    I think its great what you are doing. Your backhand looks good. How about picking up the ball a little earlier on forehand with racket head down a bit more?

    As for the food, when I was home for Thanksgiving in USA, I could see how deadly all the convenience foods are...Only eat natural and unprocessed things for your snacks- that's definitely the way to go. How about some light running and footwork drills? I found that running (and by no means long distances) really helped me speed up my game and return the unreturnable shots...I play 4.0 (female 5'4" 115 pounds) and am hoping to move up a grade after recovering from shoulder injury...
     
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    PLefty, did you try sleeping on your side, and atop your underside bicept? That, and some bent over little shoulder circles, usually jumpstarts the road to recovery.
     
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    I don't mean to continue to derail the thread but just want to point out that I've been where you were and am speaking from a vantage point of having obtained results. I was hoping I could help you cut out the learning curve.

    Dropping from 220 to 180 in a span of 6 months and I did it by keeping my regular exercise schedule which was about tennis 3 times a week for 3hrs each session. That was my only cardio. The results came because I was measuring everything I ate.

    Fact of the matter is that people try to rely on the calorie burn and never focus on the calorie intake. You cannot out train a bad diet. Unless you're running marathons every other day you will never be able to burn sufficient calories to make up for the excess intake.

    I am not advocating fad diets or exclusionary diets. Those are all hogwash. Eat whatever you want, just eat less of it. If you have a smartphone, an app like myfitnesspal will work wonders for you. You put in your current measurements and your goal and your lifestyle/exercise and it gives you a calorie limit.

    Given that you're very overweight, you're going to see massive results initially. However, eventually you will hit a wall regardless of how much exercise you put in. If you measure what you eat from the onset though, you'll never hit that wall. And see steady losses of 1 to 2lbs a week for as long as you stick with it.

    Good luck to you and kudos for choosing to be healthier.
     
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    I would work on strengthening your lower body and core, so you can get a bit lower while you are hitting. You look a bit "too tall" (yes I know you are :) ), but to a point that sometimes you lose your balance as you hit. Being stronger in your legs and core will help you a lot. You can do these lower leg and core exercises after tennis for 20-30 mins (no gym necessary). Working with your own bodyweight will motivate you to drop some weight faster, because it's tough to drag a heavy body around. I would also work on quicker feet around the net. Lower base, quicker feet.

    Regarding your diet, just eliminate junk, chemicals, processed foods, alcohol etc, and you will be doing ok. It's hard to overeat on veggies and fruits and clean food. Increase your activity if you feel good and energetic. If you get tired or overtraining, take some rest. Listen to your body and you'll be good.
     
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  24. sportsfan1

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    In addition to the other great tips already given here(calories in < calories out), I would add eat dinner early. Mardy Fish who dropped quite a bit of weight used this as well, IIRC he said early dinner and no eating/snacking after.
     
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    A new video and post

    Attached is a new video ... I am playing around with the technology so it is not perfect but I think it is an accurate snapshot of where I am. I am the man in black.

    1) I bought an HD mini camera for my 8 year old as a Christmas present. I "tested" it this week to see if I should return it before the holiday :). Anyway, it is a Kodak Sport-Share which I bought for $80.00 and I recommend it highly. I recorded it at 60 hz so when I play it back on the HDTV it looks great and when I play it on the older version of media player I get a half speed-slow motion thing going because it only plays at 30 hz.

    2) A friend of mine bought a special camera tripod designed to hang on fence from a pro in Colorado. His was good but I made my own and have modified the design. My design allows me to securely hang it on any thing from a curtain to a cinder block wall up to 12 feet high. It works perfectly, cost less than $20 to make and was used to make this particular video. I have included a picture.

    3) Editing: Zapfor posted a video where he pointed out he had not edited the footage and it sounded like this was preferred ??? I took 4 games that were played in a row and cut out all of the ball pick up etc ... it took the raw footage from more than 15 minutes to under 4 minutes. So the question is: would you suggest I continue to edit as I make posts or should I just go raw?


    Finally the video you will see: I am playing singles against a friend of mine. He has also been a 4.0 since before the mass bump-ups but I am definitely better than he is. We both play primarily doubles. He is very athletic but just does not play enough and you will see he lacks timing and adequate movement for singles. I won the match 2 and 2. I picked four contiguous games in the middle because these games included 1 hold and 1 break each.

    I am not necessarily looking for comments on the video itself, but feel free to share. I am just documenting my progress. I have lost 10 pounds since my last video ... I have worked on hitting groundies out further in front of my body. I have noticed a couple new things to work on and have added those at the end of the video.

    Enjoy,
    Dizzl
     
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    nice job with the weight loss. Your game will definitely improve the more you lose.

    You say your friend is very athletic, but he's also quite hefty. Watching those points was like watching a slow motion replay of a normal match. You guys didn't have any actual points. Instead just a few shots at most. Is your friend also trying to get in better shape?

    You have a very odd service motion. There's that weird arm hitch/awkward movement as you're getting ready to toss... but w/e works and is effective.
     
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    The arm thing is something that I did not notice until watching the video ... I am going to try and smooth that out, but it is not on the top of my to-do list.

    I was talking to my friend after the video and I mentioned that I had tried to hit behind him about dozen times during the match and each time I hit the ball right to him. He explained that was part of his game plan ... Apparently the last time we played (about 1 year ago) he moved early to the open court and I hit behind him a lot. This time he decided just not to move (ever) and it work for him (sort of), but it wont next time we play.

    He is a very athletic guy, but this thread is not about him, so I wont say anything else.
     
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  28. Maui19

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    I can't believe you weigh 290! Enough about that--you know what to do.

    I think you have excellent hands, but improving your mechanics would improve your consistency. On your backhand, you tend to come out of your posture early, opening your shoulder and thrusting your midsection forward. If you could keep the back of your right shoulder facing your opponent until your racquet contacts the ball, I think you would find mor consistency on that wing.

    On your forehand, you get into a good hitting postion, but your arm and torso are out of synch moving forward. This results in a more armsy swing and produces some inconsistency. If you could synch up your arm and shoulder rotation, I think you would see your consistency improve on that side as well.

    I think your size is an asset, since you move well for a big guy. With your wingspan, you would be tough to pass and tough to go over while you're at the net.

    I wouldn't worry about your serving motion--your racquet is in a good position when it needs to be.

    Disclaimer: this advice is worth exactly what you paid for it!

    Keep up the good work.
     
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    I DID weigh 290 ... now I weigh 280 :)
     
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    3 sets of Doubles ....

    Played 3 sets of doubles Sunday all have been recorded and posted here. It has been edited down to about 35 minutes and there is an unedited tiebreak at the end.

    Tennis Update ...

    I have been working on keeping my shoulder closed more on backhands and I feel that has really benefited by backhand. It is not ingrained yet so I sometimes forget and have to remind myself.

    I am struggling with figuring out my split step on service return. Just trying to figure out what is comfortable for me. When I look at the videos I only get about 60-65% of serve returns in play. Those I do get in I usually hit well, I would just like that number to be higher.

    Fitness Update ...

    I have dropped 15 pounds in 7 weeks which is about the pace I would like to maintain. I have achieved this mostly through minor diet modifications ... fruit smoothies instead of breakfast sandwiches ... one helping at dinner instead of two. When my weight loss slows down I will add other modifications but I don't want to do anything to radical that will result in rapid, unsustainable weight loss.

    I have continued the throwers ten to rehab my shoulder and it feels fantastic. Over the long weekend I played 11 sets of tennis (going 9-2) and I felt great last night. As good as I have felt in a long time.

    I am looking forward to when I am 50 pounds down and what that will feel like on the court.


    As a side note: I have been experimenting with the quality of my videos so this is not a great video quality but it is serviceable.
     
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    Not that simple either.
    Our bodies are very chemical.
    Hormones and stress along with many other things matter.
    Some foods pass right thru and calories are never absorbed.

    Good starting place though.
     
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    New Video ....

    Doubles Play ... 4-4.0 level players

    The video is a collection of points of me both serving and and returning in doubles. My fellow players are all folks who I have played with many times and are well established 4.0 players ...

    Right now I am very pleased with my serve and over the last 2 weeks I have been returning very well (for me).

    From a fitness perspective I have now lost 24 pounds since I began keeping track of my weight. I feel better on a daily basis and feel like I am getting around the court better. Once I drop a little more weight I am going to begin introducing more interval training on the elliptical machine. Once I get down close to 250 I am going to start running a little bit. Not much at first but eventually I want to be able to run a 5K with my daughter.

    NEXT, while my volleys generally make it into the court where I want them they are not very penetrating. I am going to spend some time working on taking the ball further out in front. I have heard this a couple times but seeing it in video makes it all the more apparent that I am taking those balls to close to my body.

    ALSO

    Thank you Talk Tennis ... partly because of the constructive comments I have read or solicited here I have made two major improvements in my game since beginning this project.

    1st. When I injured my shoulder and following recovery I read quite a bit about the throwers ten on this forum. I have religiously performed these exercises and now my shoulder feels awesome. I honestly think I am hitting serves as well as I ever have.

    2nd. Someone commented on one of the previous videos that they thought I was opening up to early on my backhand side. I agreed with that suggestion and have worked some on keeping my head in and shoulders closed on backhands. The video shows I am still not there but it is better.
     
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    I am at the mid point of my year of fitness

    So in November I was 292 pounds and expecting to be bumped to 4.5 for the next season. I made a commitment to losing weight and improving my game so I could compete at 4.5. Turns out I was a year end 4.0, so now I am training to be as good as I can be for the season.

    Mid point video (260 pounds)

    Starting point video (290 pounds)

    The videos above show how far I have come. And the 30 pounds lost is half of what I hope to lose by June. I would like to go into districts at under 230 pounds.

    Technical improvements I have tried to make:

    1) Close shoulders more on backhands ... I have improved but I have more work to do.

    2) Keep the front foot down on forehands and use core muscles to better advantage ... I only recently noticed this problem and have been working on it over the last few weeks. Again better but very far to go.

    3) Footwork ... I dont think I have done anything to improve this other than lose some weight which makes it easier. I plan to train more on this aspect over the next couple months.

    .....

    Glaring deficiencies that I keep saying I want to work on yet never get to.

    1) I want to take the volleys further out in front of me.
    2) I want to improve the consistency of my split step timing.
    3) I want to work on more aggression at the net in doubles. I want to own the middle of the court when my partner is serving.
     
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    1ST Outside recording

    Doubles outside

    Had a chance to play doubles outside in preparation for the adult season. This is 1.5 sets of the match which my partner and I won 6-3,6-2. On the court were 2-4.0's and 2-4.5's.

    My observations ... while I thought it was much slower outside and while I did not feel comfortable going for big serves ... the slice and kicking serves were never threatened. I held each game easily.

    However, my returns were downright awful. I barely got 50% of my returns in play. The only redeeming factor was that I won 4 out of 6 break points while returning. It seemed I could do nothing until it was a big point.

    My footwork is my biggest lament right now ... I am going to spend many hours this summer on this aspect of my game.
     
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    Your service technique gives me a head ache.
     
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    I am sure it will give you even stronger headache if stood on the other side of the net :) .

    As awkward as it looks in the preparation phase OP's serve has the most important ingredients for a good serve, and from the match videos his serve seems to be pretty effective. My advice for the OP would be to keep his arm as straight as possible on the backhand.
    In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rjv7_dshuhw#t=82s your arm is pretty straight but in the video with the match play you would bend your arm in the elbow more often then not,
    examples:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4Ap7KLZ58fg#t=96s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4Ap7KLZ58fg#t=107s

    . And something else VERY important that you need to do on the backhand is to extend that left arm back for better balance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_uVCOQY50OA#t=10s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SNdZtkKPFhA#t=109s
     
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    My opponents certainly agree with you!
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to put this together ...........

     
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    If you don't mind I would like to post your 265 video in my 2 handed forehand thread. Do you mind?
     
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    sure ... go ahead
     
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    Played my 1st Adult match of the season this week. Played 1st doubles with my usual partner against a team we thought would challenge us for the district title.

    Results: Team win 3-2, Personal win 6-3, 6-1.

    Observations: All of the work I have been putting in has paid off. Playing outside 6-7 times prior to the match made the wind less of a problem for us.

    My serve was never threatened and my return was very good (for me).

    This was against one of the better 4.0 teams in the district so I am beginning to think the regular season will be a dull one at 4.0. I guess time will tell.
     
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    Down to 252 pounds ... getting lots of compliments about the weight loss and I am moving around the court well (for me).

    I have gotten to the weight where I can run without fear of knocking myself out of commission for weeks. Usually I do intervals on the elliptical for 40 minutes at a pop. But I have started running once a week. I am up to about 3.5 miles on a cinder trail which I find easier on the legs than running on the asphalt. The interval raining has helped my recovery time on the court a lot.

    In league matches my record is now 2 wins and 1 loss. The two wins were fairly easy victories against opponents I was sure to beat. The one loss was with a partner I had never met who was recovering from an injury against a solid 4.0 and a self rated player. I felt like I was the best player on the court, but my partner could not come to the net and I found it difficult to adjust to playing 1 up / 1 back.

    In terms of my game ... right now I am returning well. My volleys and groundies are about as solid as I can hit them. However, my bread and butter, the serve, is suffering outside. I not yet been broken but I am having difficulty getting in hard first serves. The wind and sun are messing with my toss and I am not good enough to work around it. So I am hitting a ton of kick serves and moving them around the box which has worked so far. But eventually I will run into someone who I need to have the big serve for.

    I played a practice match inside yesterday and the fastball came right back. I am hopeful that with a little more time I will get acclimated to the outside soon.
     
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    Your trophy position looks messed up to me. I think your arm needs to be more in a L shape.

    Maybe other posters have insight - but something is wrong..
     
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    Down 40 pounds ... and I have uploaded a new video

    I am going to create a new thread to ask a question about aggressiveness when I am at the net. I am pretty sure I am not being aggressive enough when my partner is serving, but I am not sure if I can be given the circumstances.
     
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    Nearly perfect match play video

    The attached video was taken on brand new courts from a very high perspective in good light. Unfortunately it was very windy which you will hear on the audio. We were tied 6-6 in set one when the rains came.

    As far as match play is concerned ... I feel quick (for me). If you watch the video you will see several instances where I move pretty well around the court ... here is one example. This is what you get when you drop nearly 50 pounds.

    Unfortunately, my serve return is a little off right now. I am working on it like its my job. Good thing it isn't because I would get fired if it was.

    Complete video from the beginning.
     
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    Down 50 Pounds

    This video was taken Sunday. I am down 50 pounds and I am amazed at the difference I feel on the court. I play almost exclusively doubles and even at my heaviest I never felt like I was unable to get to a ball.

    However it now feels like I am able to get into a much better position before having to strike the ball. My footwork feels better because it is easier to move around the court.

    Any who, it is not much of a shocker to say that if you take the equivalent of a 6 year old off your back you will play better tennis.

    Here is the link.
     
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    Doubles 8.26 - 2 lower 4.5 players and 2 decent 4.0 players

    Over the summer I have been trying to maintain rather than lose weight. I did put back on a couple of pounds so instead of being down 50 I am now only down 45.

    Now that league tennis is done I can get back to training without worrying about over use injuries. I felt a little beaten down when training, watching calories and trying to mix in between match cardio.

    On the season I finished 21-4 between 4.0 and 4.5 league tennis while playing predominantly line 1 doubles. Our team won our state again for the 3rd straight year and we represented ourselves well at sectionals. I expect to get bumped but I expected that last year and did not.

    Currently I feel like I am moving well on the court, in watching the video I rarely see myself staying back... always moving forward and covering the court reasonably well. While watching the video I noticed that I did not hit enough flat serves, instead relying on the kicker, so since this video I have been introducing more flat first serves to keep the opposition on their toes.

    In terms of technique what I find is that when I hit quality strokes they are much improved over my earlier videos ... basically my best strokes now are better than my best strokes from a year ago. However, I still find my self too close on some forehands and end up sharply pulling my racket through to hit the ball. When I miss my backhand I am not keeping my head in and shoulders closed.
     
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  48. Maui19

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    I had trouble figuring out which one was you on the court. Great job on the weight. Keep it up--it's hard work but you will never regret it.
     
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    @ dizzlmcwizzl,

    I enjoyed watching the singles stuff the most. Even when heavier you moved exceptionally well for such a large man, imo -- and hit some really nice shots. I'm impressed. Best of luck with the weight thing. You're shooting for 230? That seems like a good weight for a big framed 6'2".

    I'm 6'0" 205, and could stand to lose the 15 to 20 lbs that constitutes my gut. :) Your perseverance is inspiring.
     
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    Here is a recap of my recent activity. Ended the season winning several matches at sectionals only to watch a team loaded with self rates run by us and win the section. This team went on to nationals and lost all three matches 3-2 including a loss to the eventual national champ.

    I have been recovering from my heavy tennis through August by spending some time resting in September and early October.

    I am now working on my game again. I have started the Insanity fitness program and have begun video review in earnest again.

    Here is a link to a frontal ground view of my most recent stroke mechanics. The first half is just groundies. In the second half we play out points but this is not very interesting as I ended up bageling the guy so there are not many interesting points on display.
     
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