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    Junior Team Tennis

    Regarding the cost of joining a junior team tennis team... is it the same from team to team (as in price set by USTA section) or does the coach set the price?
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    Big changes coming to coaching certification

    As a parent, USPTA coaching license means very little and is not the first thing I look at. The following things matter more: 1. You have coached someone to top 50 in the section. To all coaches, book lessons for your best students when the club is busiest... this is free advertisement. 2. You...
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    Volkl C10 Pro - new vs previous version

    Is the build-in dampener inside the grip just for C10? This is my first C10. I had powerbridge a few years back and don't remember this build-in dampener. Anyways, I don't like the muted feel of it.
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    Volkl C10 Pro - new vs previous version

    I don't like the new C10 Pro's dual dampening thing inside the grip. It kills the feel and gave no feedback on how a shot was hit. I think the smaller sweetspot feel you mentioned is caused by the build-in dampener. When I get some time, I am going to open up the buttcap and take that thing out.
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    Matching the right racquet for a 10yrs old

    You must not know how to slice then. If you do, you would know that Babolat racquets suck at slicing.
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    RF97 vs Gravity Pro

    My everyday racquet is RF97. I demo'd Gravity Pro. Swing weight wise there was little adjustment to go from RF to Gravity Pro. I am not going to comment on how it played because it’s as much a function of string tension as the racquet. On that same day, I also demo’d radical pro and Wilson clash...
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    Matching the right racquet for a 10yrs old

    Just to give you an idea, my 5yr old moved from a 23" to a 25" 3 months ago. It took him about two weeks to get used to it. It hurts now when he nails me with the ball. Personally I would get a 27" graphite if your son is going to play yellow ball tournaments, most kids playing yellow will have...
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    I keep coming back to the RF97!

    I used Wawrinka's racquet for a while and now I am back with the RF97. My serve is faster with the RF and my ground strokes are more penetrating. Wawrinka's racquet slices better though (able to keep the slices lower). If you use an eastern forehand grip, it's hard to top a RF97. I never...
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    The Coolio High Performance Method

    5 days a week of tennis plus two hours of privates and all the physical training is too much if a kid wants to go to a good college. You will get the same results with 4 days a week. They need to hit the books on the other three days. The goal is not to play for any Div 1 college, it's to play...
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    Jannik Sinner

    I have been watching the Next Gen ATP final. Really like this kid Jannik Sinner. His backhand reminds me of Berdych/Djokovic. Good athlete, possess an ideal height for a tennis player. We might be looking at a future top 10 here.
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    What up now with these "tennis aid" ?

    Eye coach is definitely not trash. After we got it, I showed my kid and wife how I can hit the ball and make it spin without making the arm move. They were facinated by it. So they started practicing imparting the spin while barely hitting the ball. A few days later, my kid was hitting more top...
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    Coach search

    I am not going to ruin my son's life by "properly managing" him to become a pro. I am not going to hire him individual coaching in other sports just so he can be good in tennis...don't have extra money and time to burn. Tennis is just a hobby that he will be really good at. That's all.
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    Coach search

    This is misinformation. The best 18s are from that same pool of the best 12s...just that all the pushers are now ranked lower. I agree on playing different sports casually. Don't agree on getting him individual coaching in scoccer just so that he can be good in tennis.
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    Afraid to take group lessons

    To me having good strokes and not being able to use them to hit winners against other opponents, they are robbing the kid all the fun he could have had. I didn't want to say anything, I was hoping one day their kid and mine could be sparring partners...if they ever let him play a real match.
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    Coach search

    This is very true. Kids who have parents that play have certain advantages. But I do see value in having a professional who has the experience developing young players provide a second voice. Most parents think their kids are the greatest, especially parents that play tennis. I am trying to not...
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