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    Pronation on a Kick Serve

    You might want to check your grip. From your description (the waiter's tray), it sounds like you may be serving with a forehand grip. A proper serve that utilizes pronation should at a minimum be a continental grip. An eastern backhand would be even better in my opinion to generate more spin...
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    Should I buy a ball machine?

    This link has the info you need: https://www.sptennis.com/ Basically the bottom models, the Edge Lite and the Edge Lite -R (the same model with the Remote), have the lighter duty battery that gives you about 2 hours of play. The other models like the Sport and Star have heavier duty...
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    Should I buy a ball machine?

    If you want to use oscillation and narrow the range of balls, the trick is to move the machine closer to the net. When I first got my machine and experimented with oscillation, I made the mistake of having the machine set up around the baseline. That configuration shot out such a wide range...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    Here you go ... Below is a picture showing the SP edge Lite -R ball container looking down on it. The image on the left shows how balls can get hung up on the bucket's front seam (the seam to the right in the picture where two balls are riding). The image on the right shows a cardboard tube...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    In the past few months, the SP manufacturer has regularly listed a whole batch (one of each of their various models -- maybe 6 or so) of their ball machines every week or two on the bay (you can't use the bay's real name on this forum so people use those odd references). They are labeled...
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    Thoughts on my 2nd Silent Partner ball machine

    You're very welcome. I've only had my machine for 8 months so my battery is still fresh. From what I've read on the forum, the life of the battery will vary and can last years if you take care of it. Again from the forums, these batteries live longer if you don't leave them discharged so...
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    Thoughts on my 2nd Silent Partner ball machine

    I've got a edge lite about 8 months ago and had the same battery debate you're going through. The question really centers around how you plan to use the machine. It's basically about 2 hours of power with the edge lite battery or about 4 hours with the bigger sport battery. The bigger...
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    bumper guards and grommet strips - how to replace them

    For those really difficult grommets, I've taken to putting them in hot water for a few minutes to make them more pliable.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Based on some of your clues, that racquet sounds like the racquet you see in the picture in the following link: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/dunlop-maxply-mcenroe-graphite-users.598887/ Funny enough, I happened to find one in my closet a few days ago and dragged mine court...
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    want to add more MPH to my serve

    Below is a link to a Joe Montana video on how to throw a spiral football. You'll see a similar arm pronation in generating the spiral as you would in hitting a tennis serve. If you have a football and a friend you can play catch with, you can take Joe's techniques and have some fun...
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    > Dunlop Users Association >

    I recently bought a Biomemetic 300 tour off the bay. What's interesting about the racquet is that it has graphics inside the throat with the name "Broady" in big letters in a manner that blends really well with what I'd consider the normal stock racquet graphics. I assume it's associated...
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    Considering used lobster 401

    With your motivation and with you expressing it earlier as inexpensive, I'd bet you get excellent use of it if it's a sound used machine. That's especially if it is similar to my machine. I have a Silent Partner Edge -R which is great for grooving strokes and is super portable. Hauling it...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    As suggested by bobtodd, that's a great way to go. Like you, I was looking for the same as you last year to help groove some strokes. From what I've seen, Silent Partner machines offer the best bang for the buck. This forum suggests that the manufacturer also offers excellent support...
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    Flattening out a weak loopy forehand

    A western grip encourages the type of stroke you are trying to get away from. If you want to rebuild your forehand with a more drive through the ball motion, you may want to consider changing your grip and taking a step wise approach to rebuilding/adjusting your technique from there. Just...
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    Single handed backhand grips and their analogous forehand grips...

    I don't have much experience with your other ones, but I would agree with the line above. When I was experimenting with a semi western forehand grip last year (coming from an eastern forehand grip) I found I didn't have to change grips between my forehand and backhand strokes. That is, the...
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