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    How does real grass play compared to artificial grass?

    When the pros transition from the clay court season to the grass tourneys through Wimbledon, you might spot how their movement and footwork changes. The grass is a little slippery and unpredictable even when it's dry. It usually demands a lot of smaller steps in addition to those typical...
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    Footwork when approaching from out wide?

    I love going to the net, but you've described one of those situations where it's pretty tough to put an opponent in a box with an approach shot. One of the golden rules with approaching behind an opponent's short ball to our end is to place that approach shot deep. Even if it's not off in a...
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    Club of over 45 wielding 12+ oz sticks

    I'm 54, I teach at a club in the summer (lots of feeding), coach high school teams (some feeding, some slugging with the kids), and play or workout with pals on my own. I've always used heavier racquets - switched from wood to graphite mids in the middle of high school. Later on as a younger...
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    Which are the best racquets of each brand?

    I hit a one-handed backhand and I think that some frames work for me better than others for that shot. I generally like a heavier frame, but my volleys and my backhand seem to work MUCH better for me when I have that extra heft and stability to command the ball. The lightest racquets I can...
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    Most popular Racquet for Middle School/High School Tennis

    Pure Drives can be fine for many high school girls. Boys use them too, but lots of the girls I've coached have been into these frames in recent years - both the standard and light versions. Unless your daughter is cracking a huge ball on par with college hopefuls, I'd say stay away from the...
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    Favorite multifilament

    I've had pretty good luck stringing for locals using Prince Premier Control 16. Seems to be a very good bang-for-the-buck multi. I generally stick with syn. gut in my own frames, but I do have a set of PPC in one of the racquets I use for teaching where I don't slug at top speed. This string...
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    Flexy racquet, stiff strings, low tension vs. Stiff racquet, soft strings, high tension

    Those different strings will offer their own personality quirks, but I consider them both to be stiff string beds. The racquets and the strings are different, so I wouldn't expect the unique combos to offer identical feel. But if somebody handed me those two sets of poly and asked me to...
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    How many meals a day?

    I'm 54 and I've become more of a lunch optional eater depending on what's going of through the course of my day. I might lunch, but I might also just snack a little bit if breakfast happens a little later in the morning and I don't do a ton of physical activity. Yesterday's snacking included...
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    Racquet Grip Sabotage

    Vic Braden got into this issue - he was always fascinated with how all sorts of little variables contribute to our tennis shots. He made a pretty solid case for almost imperceptible changes - grip, swing path, etc. - translating into substantial variations in ball flight and placement at the...
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    Doubles tactics: what's right for the middle-aged weekend player?

    Probably a hundred different things to talk about here - I'll try to keep it under twenty. I'm a reformed serve and volleyer. Following every serve to the net in doubles as well as singles can be predictable and that's not always good. A smart opponent might just lob every return over your...
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    Why string hybrid instead of full poly?

    I string for several locals and I also coach at a high school. Some of these players eventually look to switch into a poly - some of the adults might be shopping for a bump in control and some of the kids might want something more durable when they start blowing out synthetic gut on a regular...
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    What's your favorite play to run?

    Good stuff!! You'll be able to play at a higher level more often if you can take whatever skills you have now and actually play with a plan. I've coached high school teams for several years and when I can convince some of these kids to do this, they rather quickly understand how to control a...
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    2 handed BH return of serve- how ensure get under the ball?

    I agree with the idea above that encourages some experiments with your follow through. Try to compare what happens when you switch between a move that's mildly abbreviated and another sort of return with a more exaggerated finish. Serve returns demand a little of their own particular voodoo -...
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    Best racquets for one handers

    I always have a pair of Volkl C10's in my bag, even though I'm always dusting off something from my collection and sampling this or that string setup. I've been using these frames for well beyond a decade and they were a great switch for me when I was rebuilding my baseline skills. I grew up a...
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    Tips on how to choose a string set

    I was fortunate to enough to see your city during my Navy days almost 30 years ago. You live in a beautiful place - good to hear that the courts are opening up!! Figuring out what strings make you happy doesn't have to be too complicated as long as you don't expect a certain string setup to...
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