Recent content by Dan R

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    Quarantine Backhand (2HB)

    It's given me a new appreciation of what instructors do. It's not easy to hit the ball with just enough on it to challenge the student but not too much. Plus, they are usually trying to work on a specific shot so they can't just hit it anywhere.
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    Quarantine Backhand (2HB)

    Like many of us, I have started back playing tennis in the last couple of weeks. The only tennis I played for 3 and half months was in my driveway with my 12 year old daughter using an orange dot ball. She's recently gotten interested in playing again, and had played some when she was younger...
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    Club, Facility, and Camp re-opening protocols.

    This will be controversial. I know a lot of business are worried about getting sued is someone gets Covid at their facilitates (which will be hard to prove - but that won't stop plaintiff lawyers). Should clubs ban players in the vulnerable categories, like seniors? It would certainly be...
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    Club, Facility, and Camp re-opening protocols.

    Stay out of the locker room - change and shower at home.
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    Club, Facility, and Camp re-opening protocols.

    Good question. I'm in Minnesota and the stay at home order has been extended until mid-May. So the clubs are still closed, but I know that they are working on protocols for all businesses. I would guess that health clubs are going to be one of the hardest places to secure in general, but a...
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    Feedback on serve and volley

    I agree. On serve and volley the split step is not like a split step from the baseline - it needs to be more fluid. Since you are on the move, it's harder to time it, and you have less time to react. It can be a two foot plant, a skip, stutter, but you have to do something to get into...
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    Feedback on serve and volley

    Same people as tonylg. He's spot on.
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    Feedback on serve and volley

    Pretty much every point, except the one at 1:10, you served it right to mostly his forehand or backhand. You didn't use your serve to put him under any pressure - he didn't have to move at all on all most of the returns. Make him move by either serving out wide, or down the T - otherwise you...
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    Which backhand do you use and why?

    I played baseball as a kid too, and although I'm right handed I batted left handed (I didn't know the difference). I learned tennis much later and the 2HB to me was just like a left handed baseball swing. It seemed natural to me.
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    Risk of catching/spreading coronavirus from a tennis ball?

    Each player should brings their own can of balls, and they only touch the balls they brought (serving/feeding). The other player sends the balls to the other side only using the racket. Don't touch the racket head/strings. Keep a reasonable distance apart. I you are disciplined to follow...
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    Possible to take away opponent’s fitness advantage?

    I agree, while I don't think we are seeing a renaissance of serve and volley, on the men's side all of them now seem to be using serve and volley as an occasional tactic. That seems to be on the upswing. Novak is even doing it. It's a trend I like. To the OP's point, try your best to win...
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    Volley with the Body

    That looks more like the arm hinging at the shoulder than wrist, but I see what you mean. Interestingly, it doesn't look to me like he's using the technique from the instructional video. Of course, it's a pretty small sample size. Too bad Pete retired before the internet YouTube era, there's...
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    Volley with the Body

    Me too. I think the pros kind of know where the ball is going before it's hit. They can read the racket face, and if the ball is going to be hit early or late and then they know what's going to happen just before it's hit. Hitters in baseball do something similar, they can read the pitch as...
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