The A.P. Belt by Doughtery

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  1. Teyko

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    Has anyone tried this product. I saw an old thread on this about two years ago, but I am wondering if it is worth a try or just another gimmicky training equipment.

    I have seen some videos of kids at Bolletari using it, but I was wondering if it was worth a 130.00.


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    Teyko
     
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  2. SystemicAnomaly

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    Have seen this mentioned in several threads in just the past year. Of the handful of posts that that I've read, all but one person had high praise for the product. Try a search, with AP Belt in quotes. Here's one post from last year:

    tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=1594628
     
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  3. volusiano

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    I have one. I was thinking about buying one before but didn't think it was worth the $130. But one day my kid happened to be on the court with a camcorder so he videotaped me. I watched the tape and couldn't believe how straight my posture was when I was playing. I knew in my mind already that I should have been bending my knees and staying lower when I play. But knowing I should do it and actually doing it were 2 different things.

    So that sealed the deal and I bought one afterward. I must say it was exhausting to play with it one at first. But you get used to it, and it's part of the conditioning of your body anyway. Just make sure you do it gradually and not go all out at once.

    One annoying thing about it, though, is when you have to walk around to pick up balls between rallies. The thing tugs you down on every step while you want to walk straight up to save energy. Of course you can unhook one side when you pick up balls, but then it's also annoying having to unhook/rehook too often.

    One other thing I was afraid of in the beginning was how funny it might look wearing it on public courts. But aside from a few occasional curious questions from people about what it's for, it's really no big deal and people mind their own business since it doesn't bother anybody.

    I no longer wear it now because my body is now pretty used to staying low most of the times while I play. So I think it did its job. But it wouldn't hurt to keep it around and put it on once in a while to check and make sure that you continue to stay low and don't get lazy without knowing it.

    Keeping a low center of gravity during play has definitely helped improved my game. I can tell a difference right away on how consistent and better most of my shots became.

    So I think it's a legitimate training aid and not just a gimmick. However, it's a serious training aid that requires a serious commitment from you. You not only have to fork out the big bucks for it, you also have to wear it (in public) and practice with it consistently. That's probably why you don't see many people who play recreationally wear it, and only see serious people doing serious training wear it.

    Is it worth $130? I didn't think so until after I bought and used it. If you want to spend $130 buck on a new racket thinking this new racket can help improve your game, chances are this $130 belt can be a lot more effective in helping you improve your game than a new racket.

    Pat Dougherty was very responsive to all the questions I had for him via email. There was a problem with the DVD and he sent out another one to me right away. The DVD was pretty good, too.
     
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  4. Teyko

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    Thanks, I really appreciate the feedback. Your response really helps
     
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  5. Teyko

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    I just purchased the belt. I will let the board know what happens.
     
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