Tennis Warehouse-Central Florida Chapter (Greater Orlando Area)

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  1. Dont you think i have considered that ? :)
    Im a bit scared about the heat though, i would probably just die in that heat/humidity
     
  2. mikeler

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    Your body will adapt to the heat. I try and play in the mornings or evenings during the hotter months.
     
  3. I guess you are right, but the first few weeks will be tough though.
    Well ive considered moving and get a teaching-job and i guess that will include working through the hottest times in the day...:shock:
     
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    Time reference I'm referring to is 15yrs ago.
    I remember the courts and this girl who tossed the ball with her palm faced downward.
     
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    I played some junior tournaments and high school matches 18-22 years ago and the courts were fine then. It has probably been at least 2 years since I last visited. What is your NTRP?
     
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    Don’t laugh, I don’t have a rating. Never cared for USTA leagues. Just love to play the game.
     
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    Have you ever tried to self rate based on the NTRP descriptions?
     
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    Sure, but to keep it safe, I would self rate as 2.0 (Don't want to be the next jolly).
    BTW are you an alum of UCF?
     
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    HAHA. that jolly line was rich!
    A 2.0, sounds like you're in my league.
     
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    Nope, I'm not a Knight! I doubt the NTRP police visit this thread. I'm hoping nobody looks through my posts last year claiming I was a 5.0, since I'm definitely playing 4.5 ball this year.
     
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    One of these days I'll make it over to Etennis. My elbow seems to be getting better, so I'm not in a huge rush to switch rackets for the 3rd time in a few months.
     
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    Hey Mikeler, how come you are changing your sticks so much? Is it because of your elbow?
     
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    I used a 9.5 ounce Prince O3 Royal for about a year. Once my elbow got real bad this summer, I went back to my previous Prince Thundersticks at 10 ounces.
     
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    I thought PowerPlayer said that light rackets are not the best for that elbow. Is that true?
    Would you consider going up in weight? Are you using polys or multis or natty gut?
     
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    Most on these boards seem to agree that heavier rackets are best which makes sense. You don't have to swing as hard to get the same velocity on the ball meaning less stress on your joints. That is why I would consider going up in weight. I was using a poly/synthetic gut hybrid all year, but now I'm back to synthetic gut with string savers.
     
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    Yes, Mikeler, I have been to Sanlando recently. I wasnt playing, but watched two junior tournaments. I watched a little of the national dII matches late last spring. My 18 yr old neighbor played a super series there this summer. The facility is top rate with many courts. They havent had any ntrp's there since I've been playing them. I hope they do sometime.
     
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    It is out of the way for you and I that is for sure.
     
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    Going to try and play with Coyfish after work if the rain holds off.
     
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    Bad Call had to cancel today. Have fun.
     
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    Sounds like no one plays up in the longwood area then?
    BTW, a 9 or 10oz stick is awful for your arm.
     
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    I booked a court tomorrow at OTC in case I get rained out tonight. If you don't mind being a backup plan for today, let me know. If we do get to play, then I won't play tomorrow.
     
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    I had played with the 10 oz stick for over 5 years, then I was using a 9.5 oz stick for almost 6 months and never had a problem until I injured myself swinging too hard on a serve last year.
     
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    I have hit with some more of you guys soon. This week I'm moving into a new place down the street on park ave, but ill be done with that after saturday. I hit with the same guys at Azalea which is cool but I would like to get pushed a little more by some heavier hitters.

    My racquet is only 11.6 ozs strung, I am personally a fan of a higher swingweight more then anything. I think mine is right at 345, which is nice. I could probably pump the racquet up to 355 and around 12ozs, but for now I am playing with it in stock form.

    This setup allows you to keep your string tension lower and still have control..I string at 54#s right now.

    I don't know..that works for me..everybody is different.
     
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    I played with Coyfish last night. I did not realize that the double fault bug was contagious! We talked afterwards and he is much newer to tennis than me and nerves played a part in it.

    The best way to describe Coyfish is "potential". He really has the physical skills to go far. Bad_Call, it sounds like you have helped Power Player out with his serve, you may want to try and hit with Coyfish and give him some pointers.
     
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    Mikeler, do you ever warm up rally then play out points to practice serve and return? I have been doing that lately and it is pretty beneficial. Most people don't practice S&R they just go play matches, and sometimes lose just because of lack of practice. Anyway, I am down to do that with folks because I really enjoy it.
     
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    I hate practice. Yes I know it helps, but with limited time I'd rather play competitive matches.
     
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    Yeah im open to play with anyone. I need to play with more new people. I play with a lot of friends at ucf so I don't experience nerves frequently. Was definately holding back on my forehand which was causing me headaches. Usually not that inconsistant. Only about 2 years of playing so im still learning the mental aspect.
     
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    Ok, I'm getting very close to playing a lot more matches myself. I just want to get my DF% down a bit and I'm ready. I am considering the OTC tournie this year if I am in town then.

    I am definitley looking to play some higher level guys because the few that I have hit with always ask me to hit again when they see me, so I know they get something out of it. It has helped me develop more strategies and different shots I can pull out against different players.
     
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    PP, we'll have to try and get out there sometime the next few weeks if you are looking for a match. One thing I can say about playing close to 1,000 matches since I started playing again 6 years ago is that I never get nervous even in tournaments or leagues. I've found plenty of other ways to win or lose matches but that is never a reason on my end. Now when I played as a junior, those nerves would freeze me up quicker than a meat locker. :)
     
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    Yeah, Ill be down for sure.

    When I played as a junior it was the same way for me with nerves. My strategy was very simple. Hit the hardest first serve humanly possible and then try and win the point in 2-3 strokes..lol..I had zero coaching. When I did team tennis we just did seed battles the whole practice and the Pro would just tell me over and over again that I had great strokes and I had to remember low to high.

    So yeah, no shock why I quit this sport for over 10 years once I hit a wall...lol.
     
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    I got so sick of playing nervous as a junior that one tournament in the consolation round, I just told myself I'm going down swinging. I still went down, but I felt much better after the match. :)
     
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    I had a temper issue..I would do what a lot of the posters on here complain about..lose to pushers and get mad because technically I was a superior player but I would miss easy shots and just get madder and madder. I quit before I turned 16 because I wanted to play bass full time.

    I am glad I stopped playing and grew up, because now I play so much more controlled. I don't always hit for power, I know when to go crosscourt and when to take the shots down the line. I just developed a deeper game instead of just being a cocky kid.

    The nerves used to kill me on my second serve..I would tap these weak slices over...now I just don't care because my serve is still being worked on.
     
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    One of my best friends played #2 on our high school team. He'd challenge me every 2 days or so for #1. His nerves were way worse than mine. He'd resort to the underhand serve a lot of times on 2nd serves!
     
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    Played pretty well today. Beat a retriever 6-4, 7-6. Had to save 2 set points in the 2nd set. Had just 1 double fault and that was on a set point going for an ace. So I'm a happy camper so far this weekend.
     
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    Coyfish,
    If you are on the east side of town shot me a message, and lets hit.
     
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    Tennis16, what do you think your NTRP rating is?
     
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    Hey Mikeler, can we plan on a day that we can get off from our busy schedules of life and work, get a court or 2 or 3 depending on the number of TWCFL members we can get to commit to it, and have a "tennis meeting"?
    We can put up the listing here on the board for all in the area to see. Hopefully we can get a good turn out.
    BTW of course it has to be done in Orlando.......
    You can email me thru TT, I will respond quickly
     
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    It may be tough to get more than 2 courts at any place decent here in Orlando. I am supposed to play ssgator at OTC on Wednesday at 5 if anybody wants to say hi or hit with ssgator after he feasts on me. I'll defer to you or another Chapter member to organize something because I'm just too busy being a Dad at the moment.
     
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    Like wise, I'm a dad of 2 boys, but that are older than yours. lol. congrats again!
    You said Wednesday....hmmmm..I'll try to get some time off to come out their and hit with you, ssgator or anyone in the area.
     
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    Send ssgator an email to make sure he is available to hit afterwards. I'd hate to see you drive all the way down from Daytona and not get to hit.
     
  41. Tennis16

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    Mikeler,

    I am probably 4.0. Some days better some days worse.
     
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    I think that fluctuation is part of any NTRP rating!
     
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    ryangoring - you finding any steady hitting partners over at DB?
     
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    Is it difficult to get a court at OTC (clay) around 3PM timeframe? I'm not a member. I might need to book a court there as I have a friend visiting who needs to hit on the clay Wed. Can you book in advance if you are not a member? Thanks
     
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    Spinz - i don't think one can book a court if not a member.
     
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    Only members can reserve courts. 3 PM on weekdays is dead, I don't even bother reserving a court when I play at that time. Maybe ssgator and I will see you around 5.
     
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    So So, when I have time, I can find 1 person that I can hit with. A lot of time is between work and family life. It is hard to get, where you can get everyone or anyone to get a good set or 2.
    I will really like to come down and meet and greet with the other TWCFL members and hit some tennis with them.
    I'll leave it out there, so if I can hit, I'll leave a note here and let them know when I can come over to play.

    You know, there is number of courts over here that are public hard courts, that are always available. hint hint
     
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    That's an excellent idea. I'm definitely up for it.
     
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    The Gator and myself are in southwest Orlando. I think everyone else is on the north or east side.
     
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    See, if we can plan a day, not so soon, but like say for EXAMPLE 11/02 @ 5pm in Orlando at COURTS'R'US.......
    I will get back to Mikeler with it.

    Hey anyone seen from BOBFL?? Is he still around.
     

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