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  1. Robbie_1988

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    Ah no. That's an old picture about 2 years ago. When I first started playing tennis I tend to have my thumb directly along the grip when I hit the backhand. But over the last year I've removed that little habit and i'm holding the racket the conventional way now for every topspin backhand that I hit.

    For the first two years of tennis, my single handed backhand was actually my stronger wing and better than my forehand by far. But now the forehand wing has really overshadowed the backhand. It was a pleasure playing in the early days as everyone would usually aim for the backhand seeing as it was most people's weaker side.

    I'd just keep killing it down the line.
     
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  2. MegacedU

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    It was in the best female member thread. I know i've posted it before too.
    But here it is, just for you.
    http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y219/tennispeach/Servepink.jpg

    **Disclaimer - This picture was taken a couple of years ago. I play DI tennis. I can correctly serve the ball but old habits die hard. I now serve with a continental grip, a deeper knee bend, and I don't let me tossing arm drop so quickly. K?**
     
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  3. drakulie

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    AWWW. I missed it. Anyway, thanks for posting it again! Thanks! It is definitely a great pic from BEHIND!!!---Nice Form! You will have to update when you get some newer pics!!

    Anyway, here is one of my recent serve pics from a match over thanksgiving weekend:

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    Here is the result of my opponent not being able to handle the heat from said serve----a looooong return!!! (By the way, PENN ATP 3 tennis balls)

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  4. Phil

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    No offense, but it looks like a mishit in the making...you are gonna be/were gonna be way late on that ball.
     
  5. drakulie

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    Here is my opponent making me run on a drop volley. Not very nice of him:

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    So this is what happens to him on my next service game: I serve and volley and hit an overhead smash that bounces over the fence. Now he has to run to get the ball :)

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  6. fallen.

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    going to regionals- and yes.. if you look closely that is a fake lipring haha

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    semifinals district match

    yupp
     
  7. Duzza

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    It needed a bit of lead at 3 and 9, only weighed 1000grams :(....
     
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  8. Robbie_1988

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    None taken. That wasn't actually a normal rally ball. The player was at the net and they can't really volley so I rifled it straight at them and their next volley was a horrendous mishit which popped up almost like a lob and dropped just inside the baseline.

    I decided to take the proceeding passing shot with my backhand (which was my stronger wing at the time). But I can see what you mean about being late. If that was a normal paced rally ball then yeah still being in the backhand prep phase there would have led to a very late shot and poor contact point behind the body.
     
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  9. str33t

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    i think that is a rocket launcher ;)
     
  10. Robbie_1988

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    Strewth Duzza you'll sure have your opponents mentally beaten before you even step onto the court with that stick on your hands.
     
  11. CanadianChic

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    Duzza, ain't nothin' gettin' past you - that is too funny. :)
     
  12. BiGGieStuFF

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    I need that for when I play doubles and my partner is serving. I'll be a poach master :)
     
  13. CanadianChic

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    I didn't even realize people put their own pics in this thread. Wow - I've got some reading to do. LOL
     
  14. ProStaffTour90

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    i can't wait till you finally get to drakulies toga party!!....


    :lol:
     
  15. SoBad

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    Dear Fallen,

    Thank you for sharing your nice photograph. I encourage you to contribute to the socks colour thread under shoes and apparel.

    Kind regards,

    SoBad
     
  16. drakulie

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    Don't try and pretend you enjoyed the "Toga pics". We all know your true love lies on my legs. Here is a closeup so you have something better to "fantasize about".

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    Here is the "cartoon version" for all the youngsters. LOL

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  17. ProStaffTour90

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    my god your calf definition is astounding... :shock:






    ..... i'll be back in 15 mins [​IMG] :wink:
     
  18. BreakPoint

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    Yeah, I was about to say the same thing. That is a very unusual one-handed backhand grip, and not just the thumb, but it seems to be too far over for the face of the racquet to be oriented properly to hit a 1HBH.

    Robbie, do you hit your backhands with the same side of the face of the racquet as your forehands?
     
  19. Robbie_1988

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    HAHA OMG WOW! BREAKPOINT ARE YOU A JEDI MASTER? OR ARE YOU PSYCHIC?
    Yes you are 100% spot on. I do hit the topspin backhand with the same face/side of the racket as I hit my forehands.

    That is an old picture though and since then I've stopped placing the thumb along the length of the handle.

    I hit with a semi-western grip for forehands. And when I need to hit a topspin backhand, I change the grip, by rotating the handle clockwise in my right hand till I reach the eastern backhand grip.

    Once again BreakPoint. Nice observational skills. You're spot on.
     
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  20. BreakPoint

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    Ha ha ha....that's what I thought. :D

    So do you still hit your backhands with the same face of the racquet as your forehands? Because that would be pretty tough to do with an eastern backhand grip.

    Since I'm old school and hit with eastern grips on both the forehand and the backhand (sometimes semi-western on the forehand if I'm going for extreme topspin), I've always thought that using the same face of the racquet for both the forehand and backhand was completely wrong. In fact, I thought it was sacrilege, and a sign of a beginner that doesn't know the proper strokes. But it seems these days many kids who use western grips hit their one handed backhands with the same side of the face. I still think it's strange and the wrong way to play tennis though. You would never catch Federer doing that, right? ;)
     
  21. Robbie_1988

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    Well actually I still hit both shots forehand and backhand with the same face of the racket. I do this because I want to isolate all the chips/scrapes of the tip of the racket with a court to one side of the frame. This therefore keeps one side in pristine condition. Yeah just a little fussy habit.

    Furthermore, I just am used to the grip shape when using the same face most of the time to hit the forehand and backhand. See if I was to use the other side of the racket to hit the ball, then the grip would feel "unfamiliar" and "weird" to me.

    By the way, my coach once told me my topspin backhand grip was further back (more western than eastern) unlike other players. So this gave me a lot more loop and allowed me to put excess topspin on the ball. But I can still flatten it out when I want to just by having the swing path go through on a flatter plane.
     
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  22. BreakPoint

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    Hmmm....so you don't want to hit with the other face of the racquet so that you will only scrape one side of the racquet? OK, whatever you say. ;)

    BTW, me being old school, I have no idea what you just said above. I guess I'll never understand how anyone can play tennis with only one side of their racquet. It just seems totally wrong to me. I think it would be physically impossible to drive through a flat backhand using the same side of the face as the forehand, not unless your wrist and elbow were triple jointed or something IMHO. BTW, have you ever taken lessons? I certainly hope nobody ever taught you to hit your forehands and backhands with the same face of the racquet.
     
  23. Robbie_1988

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    Yeah I've been coached for three years now. My grip does change though. You won't find my forehand grip and my backhand grip to be one in the same.

    I'd love to be tripled jointed and be more flexible... that could come in handy :p

    Here are photos of my grips - The Forehand
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    The Backhand
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  24. jamumafa

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    Me about 6 months ago

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    Sorry none of me playing tennis for now, Got a Babolat Tshirt on though if that counts? Unless Babolat t-shirts are "tweener" Tshirts
     
  25. GRANITECHIEF

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    havent u already posted these? :)
     
  27. MegacedU

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    You trying to bring sexy back with all those tennis whites?
     
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    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Well, do you think they are sexy??? If yes, then my answer is yes. If no, then my answere is the courts I play at only allow whites!

    By the way, you missed the other pics I posted for you!! Here is the post! There are more pics in post # 5286.

    AWWW. I missed it. Anyway, thanks for posting it again! Thanks! It is definitely a great pic from BEHIND!!!---Nice Form! You will have to update when you get some newer pics!!

    Anyway, here is one of my recent serve pics from a match over thanksgiving weekend:

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    Here is the result of my opponent not being able to handle the heat from said serve----a looooong return!!! (By the way, PENN ATP 3 tennis balls)

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  30. FitzRoy

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    Oh, really, drak?! Taken completely out of context, I find this statement to be incredibly offensive! :p
     
  31. drakulie

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    Too Funny! I didn't even realize "the possible implication". Odd how a innocent statement like this could so easily be turned around.

    Anyways, for Meg. Here is a nice picture with lots of color (not to discriminate against anyone). LOL

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  32. AJK1

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    Isn't Drakulie an Indian or Pakistani?
     
  33. FitzRoy

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    That camera can do some very cool things. That last picture is awesome.
     
  34. drakulie

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    AJK1, I am born and raised in USA, my parents are Cuban.

    Fitz, did you see this one?

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    Here is the "cartoon version" for all the youngsters. LOL

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  35. GRANITECHIEF

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    Interesting that your opponent still has his racket up nice and high with the ball almost through the court. Whatever he did, it worked cuz you are like 15' away, with no chance, but good effort to track it down none the less.
     
  36. VGP

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    drak - you say that where you play only allows tennis whites, then why are you wearing a black shirt and your buddy's wearing blue shorts?

    White's sexier because it shows sweat less than some colors (if the thread count/density is sufficient).

    When it's not, then.....you get the wet t-shirt effect.
     
  37. VGP

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    I thought about it and that's a whole different kind of sexy.
     
  38. JRProstaf9

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    Proof that girls dig the tennis whites ;)
     
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    serving.. you know..
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    these were all taken over thanksgiving break when i went home. decided to take out the digital camera for once. enjoy
     
  41. Robbie_1988

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    I'm bored and will be using this excuse to post up pictures. I will post up pictures everytime I am bored. Well this is just me waiting for my rackets to be restrung. As you can see I have one in my hands already, just waiting for the spare racket to come :D
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    P.S. I'm only joking this is no tennis shop. I'm just in the movies after having picked up restrung rackets in the city.
     
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  42. emo5

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    HEY! Those are the courts at canterbury or somewhere around there. It's on a mainroad, I played there before!

    Where do you live in sydney and normally play??
     
  43. Robbie_1988

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    G'day yes those are the courts on Punchbowl Rd at Parry Park.

    I can't say I regularly play there. I'm currently on holidays after having finished HSC and just bumming around, working and making money, hanging out with friends most of the time and having the occassional hit.

    The last tournament I played in was back in August of 2005 and my friends have been asking me to play but I just don't have the passion for competitive tennis anymore with all the travelling around and stuff. I would classify myself as a recreational player now.
     
  44. Young Gun

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    boys from punchbowl aye, i go to school in bankstown
     
  45. Robbie_1988

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    Well I just finished school. Ha! Enjoy school my friend.
     
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    punchbowl boys aye, i go to school in bankstown
     
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    Meg, what circus did you go to? That guy is crazy looking!
     
  49. MegacedU

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    Yeah I have no idea who he was, but he asked to take a pic with me and my friend so hey why not.
     
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