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    Racquet most similar to Andy Murrays?

    So what would you say I do? What frame plus what amount of lead or silicone?
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    Racquet most similar to Andy Murrays?

    Okay makes sense. I will probably just aim to get it pretty darn close then, weight wise.
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    Racquet most similar to Andy Murrays?

    Thanks that helps a lot actually! So then my question will be, if I copy the lead tape the way it is in the video, then add the remaining weight in silicone, then i should be good?
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    Racquet most similar to Andy Murrays?

    Hey all, I am a huge Murray fan and I just wanted to start a discussion on how to build a racquet most similar to Murrays. We all know he uses the pt57a, but that is just out of the budget for me and most tennis enthusiasts. So, what frame would you recommend? The prestige pro, radical pro...
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    How perspective can change whether a ball looks in or out.

    No point in overthinking it. We all get calls wrong from time to time. I try to do my best on the serves since those come so fast you have to be watching closely. The amount of times I see guys return serves that are clearly out is way too often. Generally we play everything as in unless it is...
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    Is coaching better in Europe for footwork and building point patterns?

    I think it is mixture of many factors. Coaching isn't the whole reason why no American men have rose to the top recently, I think popularity does play a part as tennis has declined and stagnated in popularity in America since the 80s while it has exploded in other areas of the world...
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    Second serve breaks down under pressure

    I do not have anything specific on hand but if you look up growth mindset vs fixed mindset there are many articles on it, and there is a TED Talk as well. Thats what helped me most when I was having confidence issues and tightness under pressure.
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    Second serve breaks down under pressure

    Start reading about the growth mindset and apply it to tennis. Basically it is focusing on improving and learning rather then results. So for your 2nd serve, instead of focusing on the result of getting it in, focus on hitting it to the best of your abilities and don't overthink it. It has...
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    Is tennis gaining popularity?

    Pickleball is becoming more popular than tennis in certain areas and may become bigger then tennis overall, but tennis is not going anywhere. That is the least of my worries. I think tennis will stay how it is for a long time, maybe a few declines or gains in popularity, but overall we have our...
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    Is tennis gaining popularity?

    I do play golf, and indeed it is a hard sport. I also play soccer as well. I do not have the same passion for golf as I do for tennis and soccer though. Golf is more of a hobby and a social thing for me, so I have no experience of playing at a high level.
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    Is tennis gaining popularity?

    Great use of words there, those are my thoughts exactly. Tennis is still very niche because it is unlike the mainstream sports. It takes a lot of persistence and humility to attain a good level of skill in tennis, like any other sport, but with tennis an existing athlete can not pick up a...
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    Is tennis gaining popularity?

    I like having more competition, but I think not. It is about the same just more people are casually playing because of Rona.
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    Any tips to help my serve become faster?

    To each their own I wish you the best with your serve endeavors! If you have placement already then fair enough, I hope you get that power you want. Watch some different serves and groove it into yours when you train. Focus on the trophy position and the path of the racquet, and compare it to...
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    Any tips to help my serve become faster?

    I would advise a higher toss and getting in a better trophy position, also known as coiling. And as a side note, while less flashy, but arguably more important, I would focus more on placement of the serve rather than power. A serve you can place and hit flat, slice, or kick, is much more...
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    Who is your least favorite type of hitting partner or set partner?

    Being able to deal with unorthodox styles of play immensely proves your tennis capabilities. Beating pushers, soft ballers, spin doctors, and low ballers is a defining achievement. Yeah many of us (me included) look great when we are getting good topspin balls at a nice height with pace in our...
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