Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by mikeler, Jun 17, 2009.
$12 for stringing labor. You can't beat that.
Had a fun match with bad_call today. Broke my freshly strung lux BB alu power / gamma live wire cross in the first set. Broke that hybrid in like 2 hours. Fastest ive ever broken a poly / syn gut or multi cross.
Also broke my backup with a full set of crappy syn gut.
Wasn't too too windy today though so it was fun. Expensive though .
anyone wanna play doubles this weekend?
maybe my recently tweaked serve helped those strings along......NOT.
Let me know if you want to hit this weekend.
I got my Gamma synthetic gut 15L in the mail last night. Also pawned off some Big Ace 16 on ssgator with a half set of Gamma synthetic gut 16 and a full set of Gamma synthetic gut 16 w/Wearguard. Got rid of some Big Banger Lux that his high school stringer friend can try. My house is officially poly free because...
I hurt my elbow playing ping pong on Wednesday. I'm going to try and just deal with the pain until after the Citrus and then take a month off to see what happens. In the meantime, I'll play ping pong left handed only.
This downtown rock festival has taken some tennis time. I squeezed out 2 hours last night. But I have to watch bands all weekend for a label and I'm already wiped out today.
Minus The Bear on Wednesday night was really really good. I think there was around 1,500 to 2,000 there.
Lots of 1 handed backhands in here. Talked with bad call about it a little. I have an extreme eastern backhand. Basically a SW forehand grip. Basically I have trouble getting power on it. Lately ive realized I was hitting the ball too much to my "side" instead of getting behind it and hitting it in front. Seems to work but my problem is I can't hit a backhand when im out of position at all unless I get lucky.
My backhand is still relatively "new" (about 4 months now) so im still perfecting it. Feels much more natural to me than my 2 hander so ill stick with it.
Any tips ?
coyfish - i'll give you some tips on the 1hbh to get more depth next time we hit. myself i need to try and stay more focused since i get lazy a bit.
The grip is the key. Not sure which one I use (I think Western), but once I started using it, my backhand has clicked ever since. This is pretty close to my grip:
I dont hit a 1 hander but if you dont get your weight loaded right your shot will suck, especially backhand. So you need to work on your footwork and do everything you can to set up for the shot, so your weigth transfers forward at contact.
I can be out of position and still get my weight into a shot that will keep me in a point now. It started with footwork and obviously making contact in front of my body.
Think what I need to do is have a session with the ball machine and fool around with some grips. My backhand can be kind of loopy (like some of feds) but when it comes to hitting a winner off the bh side the power isn't always there.
When im perfectly behind it the power is there but when im on the run I have a hard time and get too many off center hits.
being in position to hit a "decent" shot is a requirement. the ball machine is a good idea if you can't get someone to feed them to you.
Sure I want to play. but I was wondering if anyone wanted to play doubles? coyfish, bad call?
Hey photoshop I would be down if I didnt have the music fest. You guys all play at UCF?
weekends are sketchy and not too good at doubles . have to pass on this one.
I don't play much doubles and I'm definitely a better singles player.
I will try and take a picture or two of my backhand grip this weekend. Where is a good place to upload pics? Photobucket?
That is what I use.
Where do you all play at. COYFISH, PHOTOSHOP, TENNIS16, BADCALL, POWERPLAYER,
I know where MIKELER plays with the GATOR
I play at UCF or blanchard usually. Occasionally at Fort Gatlin.
I think everyone else plays north and east of downtown if I remember correctly.
depends on whom i'm hitting with. lots of courts scattered around the area.
My elbow pain was bad today. Has anyone here tried ultrasonic or electrical stimulation? It helped a buddy of mine who had tennis elbow a few years ago. I plan on taking a few weeks off from tennis regardless of whether I try it out.
many years back went to a chiro and got that treatment for a number of sessions. didn't really help so asked an aged coach. he said not much helps and have to learn to hit through the pain.
time off and adjusting the 1hbh technique did the trick for me. don't know if treatments are currently better or not.
I am getting stim and/or ultrasound for my shoulder twice a week. I think it helps. I do those tricep pressdowns suggested over on the health and fitness page. My arm feels amazing if I do the pressdowns, then go to my pt session and do the shoulder exercises and get the ice and stim. If you have health insurance to cover it you might as well try it out. Definitely try the pressdowns. I think the thread is called elbows of steel.
Thanks for the info so far. I'll check out that thread.
missed the surf today. having new board made but not ready yet.
Texted my orthopedic surgeon/former doubles league team member about ultrasonic/electrical therapy. Here is his response:
"Yes it can - those are certainly alternatives to injections"
Played a lot of tennis yesterday. 2 sets of singles and 3 sets of doubles at OTC. Great weather. I tried the Gamma synthetic gut with wearguard Mikeler gave me and I really liked it. I'm going to wait and try the regular Gamma synthetic gut and decide which one to go to.
You should mention that you used it as a cross string with Big Ace 16 in the mains. It looked pretty snazzy having the optic yellow Big Ace in your yellow colored stick! My guess is that the Wearguard breaks first, but when you try the regular Gamma synthetic gut, the Big Ace will snap first. Only time will tell...
Before the kid, I used to have days like that. Play 2 sets of singles and then fire up a doubles match afterwards. It's usually pretty easy to find 2 others to play with on a Saturday morning. Sunday is more hit or miss down there.
today is ibuprofen day?
Hey Mikeler that Yonex supergrap is pretty darn good!
I use the Wilson Pro, and I can't tell the 2 apart. Thanks again.
I've read that those two are fairly alike.
The supergrap is better. It absorbs sweat a lot more and lasts longer. I am sick with something and cant play..sucks.
was out of it today as well but starting to feel better tonite.
PP - sent someone your way who called for a last minute hit. didn't know you were down as well. hope it's not the nasty stuff.
anyone see what's wrong with this draw?
Photo - Did you draw Johhny Mac in the first round?
Just drop shot him. He has no net game.
Heading to the chiropractor for the first time in my life at 5 PM today. She sounded pretty confident that it will get rid of the pain. I'll report back tonight if I have time.
Good Luck, Mikeler
yeah good luck. you're too young and feisty to be sidelined for long. remember rest, ice and IPAs. :mrgreen:
Got there at 4:53, was in her office by 5 PM. She asked quite a few questions about the advice given by my orthopedic surgeon friend. One different recommendation was to use an air cast versus a compression wrap for vibration absorption. She used to play with Frank and is USPTA certified which was really cool. We even talked equipment including rackets and strings. It was the same info you hear on the boards like heavy rackets using soft strings are best.
Did 20 minutes of ultrasonic therapy with this numbing gel. It felt great. Then we did 20 minutes of electric therapy. She would turn each area up to a level that got uncomfortable initally and then turn it down one notch to where it felt good and leave it at that setting. It is 40 bucks per visit. Seems like a good value so far. She thinks if I play no tennis and do 3 treatments per week, it may be gone in 2 weeks. She also recommended I pick up some glucosamine sulfate and start taking 1500 mg of that.
I'm not allowed to test my arm tonight, but just picking up my little boy feels much better. Just did some 12 oz curls and I am getting pretty optimistic this may work for me. Bob Opsahl is a member down at OTC and she fixed his tennis elbow. Another OTCer was in her office when I was there too.
dang!! treatment is way better today than years past. maybe consider getting a heavier racquet. look at ssgator and ragged old me using 12 oz sticks and no arm issues (except when i serve around mach 1).
Young to you, old to Coyfish! Feisty, yes when my elbow is not on fire. It's too bad ssgator is an avid Gator lover because a better nickname for him would be the Bulldog based on his style of play.
That is my mission during my time off. I'm searching for a 12 oz, head light racket. I'd prefer oversize, but I'll go down to a mid plus. I'm a little ignorant about swingweight and frame stiffness, so please feel free to educate me on those specs. Since I'm also a cheap engineer, a lower price is preferred but not required. I don't care about having tomorrow's model, I'll buy a frame that is a few years old if the specs are right.
By the way, keep in mind this problem all started when I tried to serve around mach 1. I'm never putting 100 percent of my arm into a serve ever again.
definitely Bulldog. you - Taz Devil. maybe Bulldog can chime in - does Top Gun fit my play? (or Rusty Cannon).
i'm with you on the value thing. suggest finding one USED (discounted) but not abused.
Just call me Taz. You didn't even see me throw my racket yet!
don't do that! just keep whizzing around the court moving like a blur.
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