Recent content by RajS

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    What is the reason behind having: A closed racquet face on the backswing

    IMO, a closed take back forces you to swing up to open the racket face to the desired orientation during contact. Thus you should get a lot more topspin if your take back is closed. Also seems to be more conducive to good ESR with a semi-western grip which I use, and I have felt the difference...
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    Would you take a higher swing weight, over a higher static weight for the modern ATP FH?

    I have been playing around with weighting my rackets to get a bit more power, and I finally got an understanding of how adding weights to the head and handle works! The price I paid to get this understanding was many sets of horrible doubles matches where I kept changing rackets to figure out...
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    Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

    I have a tendency to take full cuts at slow balls... so if I played @GSG, I would lose unless you counted my score in home runs... But kudos to @travlerajm and @GSG for being such good sports! Really enjoyed the build up and execution.
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    MEP vs ET Players - Original TT Epic

    Oh no! I heard Ian accidentally signed the NDA so no one will ever know the result!
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    Good videos

    Talk about effortless power!
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    If you're fat/slow/unfit

    @user92626 Well, you are right, improvements in reaction time and anticipation are also things to work on, which I do. It all starts with the split step, which is part of my drilling. I am far from immobile, so no handicaps are necessary, but my steady partners are all quicker and more explosive...
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    If you're fat/slow/unfit

    Man, you are so dedicated that I think you should get a coach, for at least once a week. The coach should either be able to see you hit with others, or hit with you himself. The reason I say this is that in order to improve, and quickly at that, someone should hold you to one style and one set...
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    An 88 mph first serve is more than fast enough to beat you.

    I was going to say Su Wei is the WTA version of MEP, but that's probably not correct, because a lot of her shots are outright winners or cause forced errors. IMO, it's her amazing tactical and placement skills, on top of everything else, that lets her beat higher ranked players with lots more...
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    Where should you stand as the server's partner with a weak 2nd serve?

    Well, there's no escaping the fact that you are a sitting duck if your partner has a weak second serve. When I am in that situation, I just try to play mind games with my opponents.
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    Chris Evert Instructional Video Describing Forehand, Backhand and Serve (1990)

    I am always struck with wonder when I see Chris Evert play. With such graceful movement and strokes, she would have dominated with any style!
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    Myth or a great tip?

    To add to the above, you would tend to aim the middle of the racket head at the ball during the swing. The ISR starting just before contact will shift the contact, on the average, to below the center.
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    Myth or a great tip?

    Maybe it happens naturally if the stroke is basically a linear movement of the racket head towards the ball, with internal shoulder rotation starting just before contact and continuing into the follow through, like all the pros seem to do.
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    One handed bh vids for Chas

    @Shroud Your backhand looks even better than it was as I remember it! Good stuff, man!
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    Pace! Are you sure you understand what pace is?

    Speed is simply MPH (or KPH) associated with a shot - what else can it be?? Pace could be the tempo of the game, I'm guessing, decided by how quickly the ball gets back to the hitter. The pace could be very high in an S&V game, I suppose, without the ball speed getting to be too high. When...
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    Match play video (Papa Mango v. Chaelaz)

    Hey guys, I am still in Campbell (CA), still playing... flogging the old body into doing things it doesn't want to do! I think I will outlast my old car, though!