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  1. Spinz

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    You might have strained/slightly torn something serving. That can be strange because while you can feel it at the time, somehow you can continue to play but over time it gets worse. Kind of like minor knee injuries. I'm glad he didn't look at it and just think "oh, its tennis elbow" the way some do. Hopefully you will feel better soon!
     
  2. bad_call

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    excellent idea. also when using 2 of the same racquets, good to have a softer string setup in one just in case.

    have a full poly (2 different polys) in one and a poly/syn gut in the other.
     
  3. ssgator80

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    Hey Mikeler,

    Hope you get your elbow pain worked out. We need to play again. I'm actually taking a few days off because of right wrist pain. I've always dealt with it in my left wrist but my right has been bothering me lately and it has affected my forehand. I had switched to a full poly set up since I was going through my hybrids to fast. I've used full poly before and never had a problem - maybe just a coinsidence. I switched back fast, though. I got beat in the semis at Lake Cane to a guy I've beaten that past two times. He had me playing his game instead of the other way around. Just had difficulty hitting the high forehand - but that is not why I lost. He just played better. Robert got to the finals and lost the first set 6-2, was on serve in the second at 4-3 and had to leave the match. He had a family emergency - everything was ok though.

    See you on the courts
     
  4. mikeler

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    Thanks. I was checking out the tournament results yesterday, but they had not updated them yet. Like Federer, you can't win them all. Maybe next week we can get together.

    I might just be having the placebo effect, but my elbow is feeling better already. That elbow brace is tight, but I have a feeling it actually might fix me from shanking so many forehands because I'm not going to be able to whip like I normally try to do.

    I think the idea of having a few different racket setups is a good one. I've got one racket in my bag with a brand new hybrid setup. I hate cutting out new strings! I'll dust off the stringer now while I have some time.
     
  5. Power Player

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    The Multi I like is MaximTouch
     
  6. mikeler

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    Cool, thanks for the info. I was looking at the RSI stiffness ratings this weekend and trying to find some softer strings.
     
  7. mikeler

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    Played last night. I lost the first set 6-1 which has been typical lately. I'm normally a fast starter but not with this injury. That first set I was not sure if I would be able to make it a whole match because my elbow was still pretty sore. Then I was down 3-1 in the 2nd set and after that the match turned and I was in control. I won the next 2 sets 6-4.

    The first point of the 3rd set I went to hit the ball on my backhand and it hit the top of the racket and hit me in the right eye. I had to take 5 after that before coming back.

    By the time I finished, my elbow was not hurting very much at all. Of course, with the elbow sleeve it was about 150 degrees by that point, so it was pretty warm. That is in contrast to previous matches where my elbow got worse during the match.

    I forgot what a nice feeling it is to play a 3 setter. It's also great to post a comeback win especially when your opponent is dominating you for a set and a half.
     
  8. bad_call

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    mikeler - that was a short lay off. sounds like you'll be looking like the "old" guys who are bandaged up with duct tape and braces. all good tho cause looks can be deceiving.

    btw - slow starter here as well...must be age. :neutral:
     
  9. mikeler

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    I've been trying to avoid the wounded veteran look but if it comes to me playing tennis and looking like that or sitting on my butt doing nothing, then I'll take the former.

    Off topic, I just went to the Mellow Mushroom for the first time at lunch out by UCF. Awesome pizza, but I was checking out the beer selections and they have a ton of micro brews. They actually had pitchers of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Ale. Those should come with a warning! They did list all the ABVs on the menu.
     
  10. bad_call

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    been to MM and yes they do have a number of micros. been to the "secret store" yet to check out their offerings? i'm into "Hazed and Infused" these days...:)
     
  11. ryangoring

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    I have 3 of the same sticks and do the same thing, except I don't have any multis right now, so I use more synguts.
    Hey power play, do you want to trade or maybe can I buy a set or 2 of the maxim touch from you?
    You email me thru here.
    Thanks in advance.

    ALSO, does anyone play on Wednesday or Thursday? Anytime on those days? I do have off next week and would love to come and experience the tennis in otown.
    Email me thru here or just leave a message here for me.
    Thanks.
     
  12. mikeler

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    Not yet. Next time I stop over at Tijuana Flats there I'll stop in.
     
  13. David_Is_Right

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    I don't really belong in this thread, but I just wanted to say how beautiful your city is. I had the good fortune to stay in Orlando for a couple of weeks last August and there's nowhere I'd rather be! :)
     
  14. mikeler

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    How did you handle the heat?
     
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    It suited me just fine, but playing tennis in it is probably a different matter though!
     
  16. mikeler

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    It's doable if you can play early in the morning or later in the evening. You will sweat like crazy no matter what time of day you play though!
     
  17. mikeler

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    I may be stuck with using non-polys for a while. If anybody wants to try out Big Ace 16, just meet me at OTC sometime and get your free sample.
     
  18. Power Player

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    Ryangoring, just google tennis depot. they are in FL and can get you Maxim Touch in 2 days.

    I love the feel of the Maxim Touch on the Donnay OS. It's so comfortable it's ridiculous. I don't get that poly drop I'm used to, so shots can sail long, and I doubt this string lasts that long, but still..it's great. I am going to try the Ashaway Dynamic and see how that feels.

    It sucks not being able to use full poly all the time, but I will probably continue to use it in my apdcs. Like I said before, I like having an alternate stick anyway.
     
  19. ryangoring

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    Hey thanks, I will check them out.
     
  20. mikeler

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    Got chomped by the Gator again last night. This time we had to play on my neighborhood hard courts since OTC got flooded out. I'm just so happy to be playing with very little pain. It only hurts on mishits now which I unfortunately do too often.
     
  21. bad_call

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    met up with Power Player and practiced groundstrokes and serves. think Power Player is on his way to getting a big serve.

    whilst demonstrating service variety, i hit a kick serve that hit the side line and bounced over the fence...well not really the fence. :razz: anyway it even surprised me. :)
     
  22. mikeler

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    SSgator and I are both on the short side, but we both can hit a decent kick serve.
     
  23. Power Player

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    Bad Call, the service tips were really appreciated. I have been working on them a lot. It's the toughest stroke to get back, but everything you said was correct and feels natural when i do it.

    I went and had that apdc customized so I knew the balance and weight were done right. For $15, I now have a much better apdc that will let me string at a lower tension. The regulars at azalea I hit with said that my shots have more weight to them. I am getting a lot of depth and control now with the racquet heavier. It feels better on my arm too so far.

    Mikeler, you could try playing with a heavier racquet if your arm is still giving you issues. I think the secret to full poly and a healthy arm is keeping the tension at around 55#s or less and having a high swingweight. I will probably try a stick at 54#s and if that is controllable, maybe drop to 52#.

    I also like customizing the racquet because I know I can buy more sticks now and get them all exactly the same, which is great.
     
  24. mikeler

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    SSgator and I were talking about racket weight. He uses a much heavier one than me. I think it might help reduce my mishits since I won't be able to whip the racket as much. So I'm definitely thinking about it. In the meantime, I'm using synthetic gut with string savers.
     
  25. Power Player

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    Yeah the super light racquet kills your strokes I think. At least it hurt mine. I could take the ball off the rise and just flick my wrist and get it back, but it's a lazy shot with no pace. Now I can hit to the opposite corner on the run with pace but it is a more technically sound shot and not a health risk..lol..
     
  26. mikeler

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    Are the sticks you use head light?
     
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    Photoshop,

    I live about 2 miles south of Waterford Lakes Town Center. I am definitely looking for a hitting partner. Shoot me an e mail.

    ga3g@yahoo.com
     
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    Yeah. 5 or 6 points. That's why I just paid John at Etennis to do it. I wanted to do it right and not affect the balance. He stores all the stats in the computer.

    There is some other guy who strings up there who had no clue..lol. I told him I wanted the apdc SW at 345 and the static at around 12, and he was like..."you can't buy one of these racquets and expect it to feel like a Sampras one". I just looked at him cockeyed.
     
  29. mikeler

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    Do you use a 1 handed backhand or two? The hardest part with going up in stick weight for me is getting around on my 1 hander. I'm going to the local big box store at lunch to take some cuts with the heavier rackets just to see what they feel like.
     
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    possibly the same guy who tried to steer me towards a thick tweener without knowing anything about my game. :-? other than that they seem to be decent.
     
  31. mikeler

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    Just got confirmation that the Citrus Classic will be starting on December 16th this year, a week earlier than normal. I'm playing the club champion tomorrow. I'd like to see how SSGator would do against him since right now I'm having trouble getting sets off either player.
     
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    who was last year's club champion? maybe i should play a set with ssgator to gauge my level...especially if i'm thinking about playing the CC.
     
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    I don't want to post names, but I can send you an e-mail. I don't beat him very often. It only happens on days when he is not at his best and I am.
     
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    gotcha. thanks.
     
  35. Power Player

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    I use a 2 hander. But the problem with heavier racquets is the static weight vs the swing weight. Most stock racquets have a low swingweight even if they are heavier in static weight. One that does not is the Head Radical Pro..the one Andy Murray endorses. It is the same swingweight I modded my stick to, but it only weighs 11.6.

    It's actually probably the racquet i would buy if I ever developed arm problems, because it has a ton of flex.

    I talked to Frank about the Citrus when he was stringing my racquet. It sounds pretty cool. Not sure if I will do it this year or not, but next year I will for sure. I have no idea the level of competition.
     
  36. mikeler

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    E-mail sent with the name.
     
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    I'd say the seeded players are usually 5.0s. The rest of the field is usually 4.5s with a few 4.0s. It's cool because he runs an Open tournament at the same time, so in between matches you can watch the real guys play.
     
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    Cool. Who plays in the open tournie?
     
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    Amer Delic won it 5 or 6 years ago. You get guys that might be ranked in the 300s or 400s in the world.
     
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    Oh yeah, thats killer. I may have to check that out.
     
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    They also have a doubles tournament. I played it 2 years ago with the guy that had just beaten me in the quarters. It was a brutal match in about 85 degree weather. Then we had to immediately play doubles. We were up a set and a break when we both just gassed out. That doubles team went on to win the tournament which bummed us both out!

    Where did you buy your sticks? I'm seriously considering going up to a 12 oz/HL combo.
     
  42. bad_call

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    could be a good thing for the health of your arm but will take time to adjust. that's a big change from what u have now right? u may need to bite the bullet and get a used one and play with it for a while til u get used to the additional weight.
     
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    Hey Mark, set the match up. Is the tournament open to anyone or do you have to be members?
     
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    ssgator
    - would u be up for a practice set so i can gauge my level ?
     
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    Sure - Bad call. I will be pretty busy next week - but the week after would work fine. What is your schedule and where do you play?
     
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    Tourney is open to anyone. Club prize is a free 6 month membership for non-members and 1 year free membership for members. Sign up in November or you might not make it into the draw in time. The Open winner usually gets a few grand.
     
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    What is the entry fee? December looks pretty slow and that date is open. So I will most likely play.
     
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    thanks. will have to get back to you regarding the schedule. there are a few public courts i hit and mostly Red Bug but i'm flexible. maybe i should watch you and mikeler hit to see if it would be worth your time. maybe mikeler can shoot me an email as to where and when.
     
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    I believe it is $35 for singles and $40 for a doubles team. You'll probably want to have Frank talk to me about seeding you. I've been a 6 or 7 seed the last three years. Singles is a 32 man draw for the Club and 64 for the Open. The Open starts on Wednesday and the Club on Thursday. You play your first two rounds on day 1 and then 1 match a day after that.
     
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    Looks like ssgator and I are going to try and get out there Wednesday at 5 PM over at OTC. Weather forecast looks good at the moment for that day.

    If you do come out, maybe you can fix my forehand like you fixed Power Player's serve. I'd love to go one match without projecting a forehand 100 feet straight into the air!
     
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