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    USTA self-rate question

    Apparently the self-rate interface has changed since I joined the USTA. If you click on the first box in the interface it asks if you have been playing tennis for less than a year. If you answer yes and click next the remainder of the boxes become inactive. My guess is the site designers...
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    USTA self-rate question

    From what I can tell, the player choose "New Player Experience" and clicked "yes", which is true in their case having started playing in the past 8 months. Not sure what happens after this screen but it would explain the initial 2.5 ranking s/he received. The question I have to ask is did s/he...
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    USTA self-rate question

    Let me add some new information I just received. What if the player only started playing tennis 8 months ago? They started playing with their college team - non-scholarship - because the team need to fill the roster. The person played matches at the DIII level in the 5-spot. They were given...
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    USTA self-rate question

    Thanks for the replies @Matthew ATX and @mad dog1. Kinda what I thought.
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    USTA self-rate question

    If he is DQ'd does the team forfieit the matches he's won? Does the team keep the wins?
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    USTA self-rate question

    I just met a guy that is on a DIII roster and played in 17 college matches since January this year. His coach said he should self-rate at 3.5. According to the NTRP guide I've seen around the web, I think he should have self-rated higher. Isn't this a potential problem for a 3.5 team?
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    How do I start poaching?

    Truth. After I started doing this my legs are just as sore after 2 hours of doubles as they are after 2 hours of singles.
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    How do I start poaching?

    It is hard to poach successfully if you are standing in one spot on your heels. You have to constantly be moving with the ball. This video talks about footwork and moving with every ball during the point: The second thing to work on is finding a partner who can place their serves - and do...
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    junk baller drop shot king beats Nadal

    It's not the first time Nadal has seen that kind of opposition. There is a YT video from some years back of him at the Australian Open vs Tsonga. Tsonga SV and drop shots clearly frustrated Nadal.
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    Would you ever buy a used/pre-owned racket?

    I think I saw that one, too. If it is an Aero, I assume it is cracked somewhere :cautious:
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    Would you ever buy a used/pre-owned racket?

    Or you could end up with something like this .... but hopefully not. I had to tell the client that I wouldn't string it after this one. I was afraid of this totally exploding on the stringer. He played with this for another three months before breaking down and buy a couple of new sticks...
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    Grapplesnake Cube

    I have considered it, but can't get past the logic in my head having to flat surface rub against each other. It seems to me there would be more friction since a larger surface area of sting would be in contact with each. I would think that would otherwise lower the overall spin potential even...
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    Shaped poly recommendations...

    I noticed that as well. I am playing with an 18x20 pattern. I wonder if a more open pattern like 16x19 or 16x18 would be less susceptible??? I play with a bunch old guys that hit heavy duty backhand slices. Like you, I hit the ball deep to the corner and come in to volley the reply...
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    Shaped poly recommendations...

    My favs are: 1. Grapplesnake Cube 2. Tier One Firewire 3. Tier One Strike Force RIP
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    Two new interesting poly but....

    Volkl V Square sounds a little bit like Grapplesnake's Cube.
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