Tennis Warehouse-Mid Atlantic Chapter

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by zapvor, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. BPeeps

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    Just thought I'd share...after a stressful morning (don't ask), I've decided to blow off some of the afternoon...leaving at 3 to engage in a hitting session. :)

    One of the perks of belonging to a not very big club.
     
  2. hollywood9826

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    JO, Crabs, Cars, me saying the WNBA sucks, me crushin you in pong, The question getting mad because its called table tennis.

    Just more of the same to me.
     
  3. JRstriker12

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    Sorry man. Already signed up for the team from last year.
     
  4. Topaz

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    Oh I knew that...wasn't thinking of me but a friend of mine who...has already been heavily recruited by your captain.
     
  5. magmasilk

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    yeah ... i meant to just notify anyone else on the board that may be interested.

    yep yep ... i think i was in a clinic with one of your friends. i think her name started with an S and she might have played in a touney with you ... not sure
     
  6. magmasilk

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    no prob ... but can he give you all the singles you can eat ... maybe next year.
     
  7. BPeeps

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    <sigh>

    I feel like Nanook of the North all the way up here in Maryland, when everyone else ('cept my buddy HW) gets to talk league this and league that in NoVA.

    Guess I'll go build my igloo now. I hear ice fishing ranks almost as popular as tennis in these parts.
     
  8. JRstriker12

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    It feels cold enough....

    Man, nothing worst than a damp cold.
     
  9. hollywood9826

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    Soon enough Beeps we shall be basking in the glory of being able to hit with no team to worry about. We can just slug tennis balls until out arms fall off.

    WTF is BPeeps supposed to mean anyway. All I can think of is this.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. zapvor

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    lol yea but the ladies are interjecting;)
     
  11. The_Question

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    What club would that be? Hilton? Bare Hill?
     
  12. zapvor

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    someone make a list of all the members of MAC. and divide it into whos posting and whos not
     
  13. hollywood9826

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    He says as runs off with a pack of hebrew nationals and some Alberto Vo5.


    You make the damn list
     
  14. zapvor

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    hahahhaa

    i dont eat the hebrew kind or use V05. i think i usually have ballpark and right now i have some crappy cvs brand? i dont remember
     
  15. zapvor

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    so since HW is making me do all the work i will let my curiosity go to work:

    1. HW
    2. zapvor
    3.topaz
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    5. tfm
    6. JRK
    7. JRStriker
    8. Bppes
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    ok drawing a blank
     
  16. zapvor

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    22. PaulMan
    23. Downs chris
     
  17. BPeeps

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    the club...

    Carroll Tennis Center
     
  18. hollywood9826

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    At least the name brand stuff dude.
     
  19. The_Question

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    Ah, yes, is that Saturday night "tennis speed dating social" you're referring to?
     
  20. BPeeps

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    never done the speed dating thing...

    I play Carroll Cup and do the occasional doubles social, but singles is more my game. I got my arm twisted to sub in a womens' doubles league tonight.

    Where in Towson are you?
     
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    That sounds like fun. I was going to say, there is a weekly single/doubles round robins at Green Spring every Friday night. GS also are forming a ladies single & doubles team right now, not sure if you're interested in that.

    I live a block away from Baltimore County police HQ...trying not to giving too much away on the interweb...
     
  22. BPeeps

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    the interweb...

    I totally hear you on giving out information. I work in Towson, which is why I asked. When the weather breaks, we should hit at TSU or someplace nearby.
     
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    Topaz - This is off point, but do you have any recommendations for violin teachers for a beginning 8 year old in Arlington? Thanks
     
  24. The_Question

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    Isn't it TSU's courts are private nowadays? Haven't been to their courts since...1993? :-?
     
  25. BPeeps

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    in summers...

    I've actually played there and they were open..this was maybe 2 years ago like in after-work hours...probably 6:30 or 7pm. That could've changed since then. In the Towson area, I prefer to play at Loyola or Goucher if I have time (i.e. daylight)...Towson High's courts are lighted, but I don't prefer them.
     
  26. The_Question

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    Goucher has nice courts, but I got kicked out of there once by a butchy woman, claimed to be the tennis team coach. Have you tried County Park or Seminary Park? Both have lights and nice courts. The back up courts are Parkville (poor lighting) and Perry Hall (okay lights)...
     
  27. hollywood9826

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    Goucher has a disc golf course.

    I could make a day out of it. Huck a few rounds of golf, blast a few tennis balls, and then drink a few natty bo's.
     
  28. BPeeps

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    Seriously? Disc Golf? That actually sounds kinda cool. I've only played there after work when nobody else was around, so I've never had the privilege of being run off by renegade tennis coaches.
     
  29. hollywood9826

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    It sounds easy but its tough. I think thats why i like it so much. Plus you buy all the equipment you need for under 50 bucks. until you start to get real good you only need about 4 or 5 discs. Bag for discs and water bottle is optional but nice.

    If you ever wanna give it a go, Ill can meet you at coucher and we play a round before we play tennis. Actualy a round of disc golf would be a quality warm up for tennis.
     
  30. Topaz

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    Yup...my first recommendation is to contact Foxes Music on rt 29 in Falls Church ( not far if you are in north Arlington). They have a good group of teachers there in the store. Alternatively you could try Arts and Music in Bailey's Crossroads.

    If you want specific names, email me through my profile.
     
  31. BPeeps

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    disc golf

    You've got me intrigued. Problem is my schedule is so batty right now with work...but once summer hits, we tend to slow down so I could probably swing some golf and tennis. As an aside....played doubles last night as a sub in this women's league...aced a few people on a slice serve because they weren't expecting it...looks like I'm finally getting the hang of it. :) It was totally a social event so I ended up switching partners halfway through..my first partner and I kicked some serious butt..then for the second half, I got stuck with an older lady (I think most people in this league last night had at least 10 years or more on me)...and she had no serve, so I had to play double back with her else we were getting killed...didn't help much either that she couldn't get to many of the balls....oh well, she was a nice person though. :)

    My mission for this season is to develop more serve variety (hence the kick serve lesson)....always been one of my strong points in terms of first serve...but I need to keep people guessing. Have a match in my single's league tomorrow, too.

    I may take more lessons/hitting sessions in the coming weeks...I tend to get jammed on my backhand and want to undo bad habits that are probably 20 years old. I wish my knee were 20 years younger, but I digress.

    And no, I"m not ignoring you on the screenname...BPeeps...It's actually pretty simple but I'll keep you guessing.
     
  32. hollywood9826

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    People ask me from time to time to teach them how I hit my kick serve.

    I show them the grip I use and how I swing at the ball. I then tell them to hit 10,000 of them and they will start to get the feel of it. Most of the people who ask me are not willing to put that much work into it.

    I hit 2500 serves a week practicing and it took me a good 8-10 weeks before my kick really became a consistent serve. Then it took about 6 weeks to get where I could place it wherever I wanted to. For me it was hard because the grip and the toss were totally new.
     
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  33. BPeeps

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    kick serve

    I'm definitely willing to put the work in. The motion just seems really weird to me...as the grip and stuff are new to me as well. I almost feel like I can't even worry about power on that serve yet until I get the motion down. I read on another thread that someone said that the motion is like throwing knives...and that kind of makes sense.

    I guess I am a subscriber to the theory that serve HAS to be one of the most important parts of the game...the other night when I was playing doubles and my partner was lobbing it into the other team...I knew that there was no way we were going to win any of her service games...the other team was simply able to put her serve away almost instantly.
     
  34. BPeeps

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    perfect sunday...

    Won a singles league match today; I'm 5 wins, 0 losses. Then napping/Sony Ericsson on tv. After cooking an amazing dinner with friends last night, I'm going to cook again tonight...I wish I lived a perpetual weekend :) (Someone in Albany claimed my megamillions prize...grrr)
     
  35. JRstriker12

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    Finally got my MGPP back with the Alu Power Rough strung at 50#.

    We played dubs Friday, and I didn't feel like I got to really evaluate the string like I wanted.

    However, it must have been doing something good as my opponent remarked that all my serves looked like they were going to go out, but dipped in at the last moment, and the other guy keep complaining about the spin when he shanked a return.

    Spin was good and with it strung around 50# felt comfortable, not harsh at all, almost multi like. Found the ball going long the first few swings surprisingly.

    Anyway, I'm going to play AY Monday and that should give me the sort of hit I'm looking for to get a real feel of if I really like it or not.
     
  36. BPeeps

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    that's kind of a low tension

    I think I'm on the opposite end...I like my strings strung at a higher tension..right now I'm playing at 60lbs. The Head racquet I demo'd was at 57. 50 seems way low. But congrats on getting the spin.
     
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    Lux at 60# = elbow death.

    FWIW- Luxilon recommends that you string their poly strings at at least 10% below what you would normally string a synthetic. I normally string gut / multi's around 55#-57# so 50# was a good experimental tension for me.

    Also, I've been reading some stuff that shows that polys are at their best at lower tensions, so I decided to experiment a bit.

    Then again, I found I had to string my PDR's at 60# just to tame the power of that racket, but I was stringing Blue Gear and not Lux.
     
  39. BPeeps

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    seriously?

    I've not had elbow problems...maybe I'm just weird (and I've been hitting with this setup for over 2 years). I do Hurricane pro tour at 60lbs and have no issues...and I typically go between 57-60lbs. I demo'd a head with gamma (and I'm not exactly sure what they strung it with) at 57 pounds and felt like I wasn't getting as much control. Prestige Pro...I may take Paulman's advice and buy the racquet (because I did like it)...but replace the pallet since the grip is too big. Small hands.

    But you know what they say...small hands, big heart :)
     
  40. PaulMan

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    JRs, I might have to agree with BPeeps on the tension. Just about all poly manufacturers tell you to string polys 10% lower than your usual tension with multis, but I found out it's way too loose that way. Polys lose a lot more tension than most other strings after being strung, so I would say it's typically 3-5% lower. But then again, I'm notorious for stringing my stiff frames at very high tensions...luckily without killing my arm. I've strung my APD at 67 lbs with WC Scorpion and it actually felt pretty good but I think I've decided 63 lbs on it might be a bit better.

    I strung your gut Isospeed hybrid at 55/61 (55 base tension), so I would I have strung your ALU Rough at 53 or 54 even as ALU has good pop too. But maybe you'll find that a little loose spin friendly poly might be what you're looking for? :confused:
     
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    BPeeps, that Youtek Prestige Pro is a nice playing frame with a gorgeous pj! Changing the pallets is a very easy thing to do...ask JRs.

    BTW, if you do get the Prestige and don't want to go with the Wilson grip shape Speed pallets from TW Europe, I have some traditional Head grip shape TK76 pallets in 1/8 from some Radicals that I could modify to feel very close to your Babolats. For simplicity and grip shape, those Speed pallets are just awesome though.
     
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    bleep,I thought the myth was that the size of your fist was close to the size of your heart.

    p.s. went to Hard Rock last night. Casino was packed with asian patrons. Got G from skyline into Vip room.
     
  43. JRstriker12

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    Well like I said, I decided to experiment a bit. Found it surprisingly soft at that lower tension.

    Won't really know till I hit with AY tomorrow. Didn't get enough groundies in during our dubs match to see if it was effective.
     
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    I string my X-1 mains at 53 and my red/black code crosses at 55 the last couple times. For me it helps me get a bit more consistent depth.

    To me a PDR is not a frame that would take a low tension real well. The frame is already powerful enough as it is. And with low tension strings I would imagine groundies would become inconsistent. But I bet you blast serves like a mad man.
     
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    funny all this talk about strings. i've been trying some new string combos lately. did full poly. did poly mains with syn crosses. tried a bunch of multis.

    you know what works really well? prince syn gut with duraflex. i'm on 12 hours with a few frames. good spin. good feel. good durability. cheaper than dirt. it really is - i went to home depot and bought some dirt. surprisingly expensive. dirt that is.
     
  46. hollywood9826

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    I imagine down in your area Dirt is kinda hard to come by. Especially if you need nice top soil.

    The 40lb bags at home depot are mad expensive.

    I gotta get some mulch and get my all my bushes/ trees covered so I dont get mad weeds growing all over the place.

    PSGD is pretty good. I was always partial to the Yonex 850, but always had to go pretty high tension with it.
     
  47. Topaz

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    I have used full psgd for quite a while now, though I'm now starting hybrid it with gut.
     
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    psgd sounds like prince synthetic genuine draft. works for me. it makes it sound like a cheap good beer.

    yes dirt is a lot more expensive than you'd think. home ownership really sucks. it's not even home ownership really. it's like home indentured servitude for 30 years at a low APR. i read somewhere that the old paradigm of buy a house and you'll make money is over. something like 60% of the population will be renters forever and never buy a home. who's to blame them.

    roundabout rant to justify my penny pinching ways and love of all things good and cheap. like prince supreme genuine draft now with quadruple hops brewing.
     
  49. datsveryinterestin

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    got my new RDIS200s in the mail today. woot.
    i bought epoxy and balsa wood to possibly make them 27.5" long
    but dunno if i can do it to them. especially since i have no proof
    that it will make me even .0001% better. it might make my backhand
    5% better but everthing else 5% worse.
    hrmm. better leave it alone for now.
     
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    is that racquet you're sticking with?
     

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