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    Poll: have you played in a mask, and if so, how did it go?

    I am quickly gaining experience with this topic. In my county, the requirement is to wear a mask while playing indoors at county facilities. "Youth" are exempt, and anyone with a "medical condition" that precludes wearing a mask is exempt. The result of this has been chaos. In one of my...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Diadora Speed Blushield 4

    OK, Here's my review: Tennis experience/background: I've been playing for about 15 years, having started as a complete beginner (2.5). I peaked at 4.0 and am currently a 3.5. I play only doubles nowadays, usually playing with friends or USTA league. Describe your playing style (i.e. serve &...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    When I was kind of building my S&V game, I developed a kick serve for S&V. Now, let's tamp down expectations here. This was not an Isner kick serve. It wasn't hitting the ground and going over anyone's head. But it was slower and landed deeper and had modest topspin. The result is I had...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    Are people really that frightened? Well, the other women on this thread can speak for themselves. I will tell you a story that illustrates the gender disparity in how men and women view issues of personal safety. I was out with my adult son and daughter while we were on vacation in a foreign...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    Well, you folks who claim these big serve speeds that don't match your computer rating understand the skepticism, right? I mean, if you really own a serve that is way above level that no returner can handle, I don't see how that happens. Like, if I had a serve like a 4.5 woman or 4.0 guy, how...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    I . . . I mean . . . do you have daughters? Would you advise your daughter to rely on her "creep-dar" to determine whether a guy is a creep or a threat? Gosh, I hope not. Predators are often successful precisely because they can outwit a person's "creep-dar." Sure, meet in public places...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    And being closer to net is much more intimidating when you know the ball will be coming faster. It feels safer to play off the net to have more reaction time. That is true, but also makes you easier to pass or target.
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Diadora Speed Blushield 4

    Ho, boy. I'm in!! I am so excited!!! I have wanted for a long time to find something better than what I am wearing now, and my feet are a mess. I had pf so bad at one point that I ruptured the pf in my left foot. Meanwhile, my right foot has had a series of pf episodes PLUS bone spurs in...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    Must be a guy thing. I think the women here will tell you they won't meet a strange guy alone, anywhere, for any reason. Or maybe I should say "the surviving women."
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    A couple of things. Poor volleyers often hug their alley. That means they are already in the correct position if you serve wide. Second, if the returner is going to target my partner, let's at least make them change direction of their return. If the serve is wide -- especially if the...
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    What do you do in a competitive match?

    When a ball hits the player on the fly, I would take the point. I prefer to enforce the rules when it is to my advantage and also when it is to my disadvantage. Because I am consistent about it, I do not feel guilty. I might cut someone a break when they were clearly trying to stop a ball...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    I do not understand this at all. If you need a coach around here, you can call the various clubs and tennis facilities. All but the most posh facilities will let a non-member take instruction. Why would I want to go through some sketchy middle-man to take lessons from a person who might be...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    Absolutely, definitely do not serve middle. Instead, tell your partner you're going to serve wide and be sure to "cover her alley." This will ensure she is ready in case the returner tries to pass her DTL, and it will discourage her from lunging at a middle ball. Then serve wide and follow...
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    Etiquette on Hitting Serves that are out

    Here's how you tell. If a returner hits every out serve, she doesn't know the rule or doesn't wish to abide by it. These people exist. I have a doubles partner who tees off on Every Single Serve. I have seen her T off on serves well into the doubles alley. Serves that hit the net, bounce...
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    4.5: Josh v Scott

    Dang, you’re a young 54. Would have guessed 40s.
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