Recent content by Dan R

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    ATP serve net clearance?

    I don't know about serves but this is an interesting article from a couple of years ago on ground stroke net clearance. There's quite a bit a variation and little correlation between forehand and backhand.
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    Return Strategies - Your Best and Worst

    In those must break situations, I think it's important to keep in mind that the person serving may very likely be feeling more pressure than you are. Closing out a match creates a lot of stress on the person ahead. So, don't think you have to do anything fantastic to win. The most important...
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    Why do teaching pros insist on teaching spin serve esp to women?

    No, what I'm saying is even though I have a good kick serve relative to my level they still all tell me I need to spin the ball more. I don't think the advice is limited to gender. That said I don't see women using kick serves as much as men for some reason, and I think this is true even at...
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    What level are these players?

    These guys are 4.0s. I think what's making it difficult to judge is neither one of them are power players, but they have good shot making skills and use off speed shots well. I would guess they can handle power well, and if they can they would do just fine with 4.0s.
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    Why do teaching pros insist on teaching spin serve esp to women?

    They say it to men all the time too, constantly. They certainly say it to me and I have a good kick serve.
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    Two Handed Serve

    Can you imagine how good his serve would be if he directed the skill it took to do this into a normal serve? That looks extremely difficult to do (in addition to looking absurd).
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    Do you call a footfault

    I'd let tell him first that he's foot faulting on ever serve, and then give him a chance to stop, but let him know you're going to start calling it. Be careful that it doesn't interfere with your return game. I find it hard to watch for a foot fault and still keep my eye on the ball for the...
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    Help with moonballer

    Here's the strategy that I was taught that has been very effective. On neutral balls, hit it deep and push your opponent back until they cough up a short ball. Don't blast that ball off the court (unless you have that shot and can put it away 80-90% of the time), instead angle it off to the...
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    Any ideas on practicing volley away from court?

    You could do what she does,
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    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    I like the cross court/down the line drill. One person always hits cross court the other always hits down the line. It's hard and requires a lot of running, but it's good for your game. He's got a longer swing than you do, but a short compact swing doesn't necessarily mean you can't make an...
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    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Biggest difference I see between the two of you is the other guy gets ready way earlier than you do. He makes his unit turn sooner, and has plenty of time to just wait on the ball. You look rushed and even late on a lot of balls. Still you guys are both really good.
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    Is this reverse slice serve?

    Great serve, looks like he's using a semi-western grip but he's holding the racket so the face is in the same position it would be if it were continental, probably for disguise. That would be a great serve to serve and volley behind.
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    Too much topspin?

    I don't think you are spinning it too much, but they may still have a point about the warm up. The warm up is a courtesy to your opponent your job is to warm them up, and their job is to warm you up. That means both players should be cooperating. If you watch the pros that's what they do...
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    How do you Know When a Style of Play is for You

    Yes, and I think it's more stressful to a lot of people - they feel more comfortable with a partner so they are not responsible for every single thing that happens. In the beginning I use to feel that twinge of panic when I had to play singles, but now I feel that twinge of disappointment when...
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    How do you Know When a Style of Play is for You

    I'm not a doubles guy, and I know people say that it will improve your singles (McEnroe says that all the time), but for me if I have the option to play I'm going to try and play singles. I don't know why so many people don't like to play singles?