Video of me - light hit

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  1. CAM178

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    I have no comment on your play since you are a great player, but you legs look so thin in the video!! You used to be a runner or something? It certainly looks that way. Seems like those legs would never get tired!!
     
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    LMAO!! Ha ha. :) Yeah, man, I have had more cracks about my bird legs over time. My upper body was also big back then due to a lot of lifting. There is a forehand pic from this rally where my bicep is huge, and I kind of laughed at it.

    But yeah, I always make fun of my legs. I've never done any leg lifting because I will always have bird legs. It's what's helped me stay fast out there! :)
     
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    i will check it out when i get home. so what level player are you cam? :eek:
     
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    5.0ish. This video is just me screwing around with my dubs partner. We just lost in 3 in a final, but I still wanted to hit after. I'm going to try and record a vid today, if the rain holds off.
     
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    Nice smooth strokes cam. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks, but I know you're being kind. :) We both know I look like crap in this vid. I want to post a halfway serious vid at some point, so that I, too, can see my strokes in action. This vid looks like I'm lounging on a couch!
     
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    Hey, you don't need to make others feel bad. Your "crap" strokes look a lot better than many people's in this board!! :twisted:
     
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    Sorry, man. Good point, and thanks for letting me know that. :) I surely did not mean to offend anybody. It's just that I know I can play better.

    I have never seen myself play or even hit seriously. I know I can hit a decent ball, but I thought this video was going to be better when my friend told me that she had a good video of me hitting. Hopefully soon!
     
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    Vids don't tend to bring out the true nature of what is happening out there.

    Your strokes are very smooth, and you have excellent racquet head speed thru the contact zone. I'm quite certain those shots are moving thru the court. One could tell you are a serious baller.
     
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    Thanks, man. :)
     
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    What types of things do all of you want to see in a tennis video?
     
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    Man.. how tall are you?
     
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    6'2" (10 char)
     
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    I wish I could remember who wanted to see me hit. I know I've had some cracks about me being a 3.5 :))), so I wanted to post this. Again, it's only 1 min, and it's just me screwing around.
     
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    Smooth operator, man.
    One can see you are playing easy -- but really smooth. Your serious play must be a treat to watch.
     
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    Thank you! :)
     
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    Cool vid. Thanks for posting it.

    One can tell the speed of the ball moving by how fast the ball reach the other person on the other side of the net. This video showed us hit after hit with minimal waiting time in between.

    We got a "Baller"

    With more vids, I can create dream matchups of TWers Muahahahaha
     
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    Then whoever said that must've been on crack. Your strokes are easily minimum 5.0 material. There are elements of your stroke that are very similar to the head pro, former davis cup player, & top junior player at our club.

    Nice vid!
     
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    You look solid out there, how long have you been playing? What would you rate yourself as? :)
     
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    wow, very nice smooth strokes.

    what racquet is that? the ncode 6.1? 90sq in?

    or is it like the nTour or nTour Two?

    I hit with the Ntour a little today and liked it especially for serves (.25" longer) :eek:

    I wish we could see more of your backhands
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, I wouldn't mind meeting up with some TWers.

    Thanks. :) The guys that said that based their comments on a thread I started a while back. They thought it disrespectful what I said I did in the thread (in short: a 3.5 player asked me to hit my normal 1st serve at him, and I knocked the racquet out of his hands, as I gave him a high 120's body serve and he put up the racquet to protect his chest.) But these TW posters were pretty uncool about it.

    Thanks. I've been playing for around 25 years total, but actual playing time is probably only 18ish, as I took a lot of time off along the way. If I were going by the true NTRP, I would say 5.0-5.5. But with how much the NTRP is abused in the league system, I would probably call myself a 3.5! :)
     
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    The stick is the nSix-One 95 16x18.

    LOL. . . .you thought the same thing I did as far as BH's. :) I wanted to see more, too! That's the first time I've seen my BH on screen, so it was pretty trippy for me. Based on the Andy Murray video that's on YouTube now, I plan on uploading a video that is the same thing: the 1 FH, 2 BH drill. I'll either do that, or I'll just do FH and BH drills.
     
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    I look forward to seeing it. You look like a lot of fun to hit with!
     
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    Anybody have any requests of what they'd like to see in a video? I know for sure I'm going to do a few things: 1. try harder and actually move and run, 2. serves, and 3. lots of backhands.

    What else? Points?
     
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    Thanks, man. Yeah, having fun is paramount to me. And it's not about me any longer. I really want to give my hitting partner the benefit of the session. If it's done well from both ends of the court, both guys leave the court smiling.
     
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    Absolutely! I know that feeling, but most of my hitting partners are only interested in whacking the ball as hard as they can. I'm actually ok with it if they can do it every single time and keep the ball in play while hitting it within my reach. My motto is, if you wanna hit winners, let's play a match because by definition, rallying should be a continuous flow of steady hits. You try to keep a rally going, not ending it by blasting an unnecessary winner out of nowhere. I really enjoy the place I go to when I'm hitting with someone who has control and can produce the exact same shot over and over and over again. It's no longer tennis, but more a form of meditation.
     
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    Your last line is an excellent summation, man. That is just how I see it. That is the same ideology I had for motorcycle rides on Friday afternoons, or after tough days of work.

    As to tennis, I am really big on etiquette, and especially when it comes to hitting. It's pretty aggravating when we hit 2-3 balls, and then it goes by for a winner or out. If he expects me to be out there, then he better give me a workout, too. It's not fair when I keep hitting it back to them, and right in their strike zone every time. A lot of people can't figure that out. The other thing that tends to irk me in practice is when people run me side to side and then hit a winner. If that happens more than once, then it's time for the old college tennis freshman initiation: drop shot, lob. :twisted:
     
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    You are now playing Nirvana tennis? ;)
     
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    haha, that's brilliant :)

    I wish I could hit with someone as good as you...and with good tennis rallying etiquette.
     
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    YES! You know exactly what I'm talking about! I can't tell you how many times I've been a victim of what you've written in bold. OMFG!!! I usually try to shift my mindset and convince myself it's part of my training, but I can only take so much. Eventually, I'll be like, "screw it, let's play a match" then proceed to slaughter (or attempt to slaughter).

    I'm out there to improve and the best way to do that is to hit a LOT of balls. I figured that would be common sense and that tennis etiquette would be a given, but not so. The vast majority of people I hit with fall into the same pattern. It's unfortunate, but I can't be to picky because hitting partners are scarce where I'm from. Good hitting partners even moreso. I wish we could hit.........how bout some online tennis? :D

    Hell yes!!! Schwing!

    ...................
     
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    Thanks, but it's not that I'm good. Rather, I just want both of us to get the most out of the workout. To me, a good hitting session should almost be trance-like. There is a rhthym and cadence to it that kind of lulls you into 'the zone'. You can bang away for a good couple of hours, and not even realize how hard you're working.
     
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    You look lazy!

    But hit a good ball.

    I want to see some match action where you are forced to move your feet and are challenged a bit more :p
     
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    LOL. . .yeah, this was just me horsing around with a friend of mine. We had just played a tough 2 1/2 hr dubs match, and this was me hitting afterwards.

    My next vid will show me actually moving.
     
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    Boy, don't I know about this. It really sucks when you get out there with someone who can actually hit a decent ball, but they have never learned the proper way to hit with somebody. Me, I'll hit with anybody. Heck, one of my regular htting partners is only a 4.0, but he knows the right way to hit with somebody. But yeah, we can't be too picky these days! :)
     
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    Bird legs or not, you keep your knees bent and you have a great split step. Good job.
     
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    LOL at the bird legs comments. Man, they must be worse than I thought! Maybe I should start wearing warm-ups out there. :)
     
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    Drak, this guy really is a good player......he should be demoing racquets for TW. At least this is the kind of player I expect to test a racquet.
     
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    Once again, we're on the exact same page. It's eerie. Almost word-for-word what I had said in another thread about one of my steady hitting partners who practices with the no. 2 player in our province.
     
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    Thanks, man! :) I actually asked TW that, but I never heard a response. I would love to do that. Hell, I was doing this for myself a couple of years ago. I think demo'd (at least it felt like it!) about 50 racquets in my quest for the Holy Grail of racquets.
     
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    Yes, I just got done with about 30 racquets or more. As you saw on my vid, I settled for now with the prestige classic tour and/or FXP prestige team...

    I am very interested in how you liked the ntour Two or the ncode ntour (which I think are at least a little similar to the n6.1 95) except with the .25" longer length, 16x20 and quite a bit more flexible.

    Do you not have any elbow problems at all? I know many say that technique will allow one to use a pretty stiff frame, but...the n6.1 95 I think would be too stiff for me :x
     
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    For someone who has not been around the game for too long, I'm surprised at how astute you are as to frames and players. Very impressive.

    I've always played with heavier, stiff, head-light racquets. My favorite racquets to date have been the nSix-One (current), Classic 6.1, and PS 85. I've played Wilson exclusively, but I might very well be making a switch to another brand next year if I don't like the K when I try it next year.

    I never played with the nTour Two, but I did try the nTour One. It was far too flexible for me. It probably didn't help that it was strung low as well, but it was just not the racquet for me.

    I have not had elbow problems for some time. That happens when I have the wrong racquet and I play with an extreme Western FH. I think it is technique, but a big part of it is the frame. The last time it happened, I was playing with the nPro, and it killed my elbow. Far too light for me. I need a fairly heavy stick. I have played with light sticks (played with the Surge for a couple of years), but I prefer a heavier stick.
     
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    I've been searching for my Holy Grail for the past three years, the search it's over (that's what I think today, I'm not sure about tomorrow:oops:)
    Fischer M-Speed # 1 UL - strung with Ashaway Crossfire @ 54
    Second on my list; Yonex RDX 500 MP
     
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    I've actually played on and off from the age of like 12. LOL. Sad that I'm not a 5.0+ player right now :( But I would say a big part of what held me back in my earlier years in high school especially was my racquet...I was using too much of a tweener racquet with cheap strings. I knew something was wrong, because I obsessed over tennis but just could not improve significantly.

    Now that I am out of college for 3 years I am once again very passionate about tennis and seriously am better than I have ever been. It's quite exciting :D I definitely obsess over racquet specs and different feels. My goal is to become at least 5.5...lol
     
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    The hands-down best way to get better at tennis: play with better players as often as you can. And by play, I mean play sets/matches. It will make you match tough, and you will know that you had better bring your A-game when you play these guys. Then when you play/hit with lesser players, it will be very easy.

    There is no reason why you can't become a 5.5, if you truly put in the time, and try your hardest each and every time you are out there. Good luck, man! :)
     
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    Too funny: I'm thinking of switching to the 90 or MP of this stick.
     
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    very hard to find one of these.........unfortunately Yonex discontinued this model and in my opinion they could not replace this great stick with any of the new models.
     
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    My bad. I meant the 001 is the one I'm thinking of going to. Read a lot of great reviews on it, so I want to see if the hype is deserved. I swung it and it felt great, but that won't mean anything until I get to hit with it.
     
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    i would go for the 90 version if you dont mind the extra heft and smaller head size during pressure situations.

    its one of the most consistent racquets i've used, very dependable.
     
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    It's funny: I grew up playing 85 and 90 in juniors, then switched to 95 with the Classic 6.1, then went to 100, then back to 95. For some reason I forgot how much I enjoyed the feel of the 85 and 90. So it's either going to be the 001 90 or the K90. Will be interesting to see, and I bet it feels like magic in my hands. . . just like it used to.
     
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