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Old 04-28-2011, 01:08 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx View Post
This is New Pro.

New pro is very interesting. He has another 3.5 female student, and he has been coaching her for a long time. She's a big fan of singles. She has joined my tennis team.

Well, she and I played singles a few weeks ago. She was whipping me, but good. I look up during the second set, and New Pro is sitting there in the viewing window, watching. She had told him when and where we were playing, obviously.

I think his watching me take a beating led in part to his bringing The Contraption to our lesson. He got a chance to see how I play, and he must have seen how much I struggle finding angles on short-ish balls and how my topspin failed me quite often.

Anyway . . . I went out today and did some drop feeding to work on this WW element of the stroke. When I get it, it is amazing. Gotta keep working on it . . .

Hi Cindy,

You remind me of some of my "weekend" folks who have played for years and even decades but just can't seem to hit the ball with any sense of control or rhythm. Please don't feel offended. I'm just so curious about their learning process or how they see/process tennis that makes it utterly impossible for them to hit the ball 3 times in a row. When they hit, I never get a sense that they can make the next shot (and the next shot is just a routine, neutral return from opponent)! That's how bad some people in my group are!

I guess ultimately, subconsciously I want to help them so our group can be better.

I'm curious, what exactly makes it hard for you to play good tennis? Is it because you don't have a thorough understanding of techniques or it's a matter of execution?
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