Recent content by Frank Silbermann

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    New Solution for Tennis Elbow?

    I have been struggling with tennis elbow for the last six months and I think I've stumbled upon a remedy that can greatly help ameliorate the problem for those not willing to stop playing tennis. I don't know whether anyone else has written about it, but I've not read about it. On Amazon I...
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    Lead Tape to INCREASE Racket Head Speed?

    A question for tennis players who have taken Physics 101: For applying lead tape to the frame I've seen suggestions to place the tape: At 12 o'clock (at the tip) to increase swing weight and raise the sweet spot At 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock to widen the sweet spot for stability At the base, for...
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    Why would changes in racket technology affect the pure side-spin forehand more so than the backspin shots? It seems to me that the lack of margin-for-error in a flat shot would be even worse with backspin. Could it be that flat and pure side spin ground strokes are easiest to control if taken...
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    How do today's livelier frames preclude this shot?
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    I'd read in old tennis books that as part of Jack Kramer's concept of "percentage tennis" he hit approach shots (at least forehand approach shots) always down the line (assuming, I guess, a right-handed opponent -- left-handers were uncommon in his day). They said that his down-the-line...
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    Technique Variations by Body Type

    I want to consider the implications of body type. For example, mesomorphs tend to have large, robust trunks with relatively short arms and legs (think sprinters in track&field). Ectomorphs tend to be gangly -- thin, with long limbs (think of marathoners). Drawing an automobile analogy, a...
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    How to make grip larger but not rounder?

    It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
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    Heart Rate Recovery takes longer

    Eight years ago I took a cardio-tennis course. The instructor would briefly work us to exhaustion so that we would get our heart rate up to 200 minus our age. Then we would check it after two minutes of rest to see the recovery rate. I did fine. However, now at age 63 I have noticed that...
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    Tighten Up at Contact?

    When I was young the importance of keeping a firm wrist was always emphasized. Nowadays teachers emphasize keeping the arm and hand relaxed to be used as a whip. My question: Is there now, or has there ever been, the notion that one should tighten up one's hand and wrist immediately prior to...
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    Left hand forehand (choke grip) vs 2 handed backhand

    I played for a while with one long forehand and one short forehand. Then about six years ago I switched to using double-handled rackets. ( Also, there's someone in Italy who can convert any racket to have two handles, and also has a wider variety of variations in the...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    If the ankle is still swollen after six months, is that caused by a lack of anti-inflammatory drugs, or because maybe it was fractured?
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    Yes, and those are immune system disorders. I suppose some immune system disorders are due to genetic mutations, e.g. genes that are helpful if you have one of them but cause disease when you have two of them. Some people speculate that some people's immune systems are ideal for coping with...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    I would want an expert to tell me such things as: Exactly what motion is responsible for the overuse injury. (No need to avoid practice / training that involve motions not responsible.) How long I should expect to need to avoid doing that motion. Any physical therapy I ought to do. (For...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    If I have an overuse injury and want advice on how to recover from it, how do I find a doctor who isn't going to assume that my problem is caused by inflammation? Undesired inflammation is an immune system disorder and I just don't see any reason to believe that bad technique has set my immune...
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    Rightie..Learning Left Handed Forehand - How long?

    Get one of those weird two-handled rackets. I play ambidextrous. I believe that it is easier to learn a weak-handed forehand than to truly master the one-handed topspin backhand.