Recent content by Frank Silbermann

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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.
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    Margaret Court vs Bobby Riggs

    I was speaking of effectiveness. I agree that, to a man, they virtually all use the identical highly unorthodox incorrect technique.
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    Margaret Court vs Bobby Riggs

    Yes, today people are given ridiculously low NTRP ratings, based on what the levels of play that the categories were originally intended to represent. But to keep it honest, one would have to rate today's tournament pros as NTRP 9.0 -- as they play that much better than did the 7.0 players at...
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    "The guy is a damn pusher" is the scarlet letter of a 3.5

    "Dialing back your strokes to keep the ball in" is what I call "pushing." Such people win at all levels. It's just that at higher levels, people can look good and hit pretty good shots while pushing. Non-pushers (i.e. those who apply a lot of muscle to the racket) can't beat anybody, except...
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    If you're serve is not 4.5 caliber, it might as well be 3.0 caliber.

    It seems to me that once you reach a high enough level, any weak shot will be punished, so you need a style of play in which all the shots you rely on are pretty good. Then it becomes a battle to see whose pretty good shots are better. At lower levels of play, everyone has weaknesses. If you...
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    My experience with that grip is that if I have my arm going nearly vertically downward then the strings are facing the ground in front of me. So to the extent the ball is below my navel, to that extent I must put an extra bend in my knees. Even with the semi-western forehand grip (big knuckle...
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    NTRP grievance, how did this player not get 3 strikes?

    There ought to be a national recalibration to match: 2.5: This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same...
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    It seems to me it would be equally difficult for an old guy to hit a one-handed topspin backhand off a low ball using a grip like the pros use today (wrist well behind the handle).