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    What happens around 60?

    My nutritionist, age 64, says that I should expect my body to undergo a significant slowing down in my early 60's. (I am 56.) Is this right?
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    What are you looking at when you're at the baseline and your opponent strikes the ball?

    What are you looking at when your opponent strikes the ball? While it might seem to go without saying that one should look at the opponent's racket striking the ball I've found better results, when I am at the baseline, to look through the net at the service line and peripherally see the ball...
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    how do you catch a ball with your racquet in the air?

    I just read this thread and today, first time I ever tried to do this, I found two critical tidbits that made all the difference. 1) Turn sideways to receive it ... like a groundstroke ... so you have a longer arc to slow down the ball. 2) As you start moving the racket to 'dock' with the ball...
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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    If one doesn't have good speed to catch up to the ball I think one should stand as close as eyesight, reaction, and skills allow. Would Federer and Nadal both have been able to get to serves down the middle if they were closer to the service line? Lets see! Roger doesn't react until Nadal's...
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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    Ok, I'll consider that wisdom. Right now the one person I've tried it against does usually try to hit a winner but he's running hard so it's not an easy shot for a 3.5. He's yet to return it as a lob ... I guess he's not really a touch, or even doubles, player so that's got to be part of the...
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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    This is actually two questions: (1) I am a 3.5 and I find it much easier to field serves when standing near the service line simply because one only has to move six feet each way to return the serve. Sure, you have less time to react but that doesn't make much difference if you're already...
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    Federer forehand slow motion

    Federer forehand ... he's not turning through with his shoulders and hips ... he plants his leading foot, weight off the back foot ... and it's the arm that's doing the work (cause it doesn't take much cause it's a tennis ball, not a baseball). Have you ever practiced against a wall? It returns...
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    Federer and Nishikori forehand

    Federer forehand ... he's not turning through with his shoulders and hips ... he plants his leading foot, weight off the back foot ... and it's the arm that's doing the work (cause it doesn't take much cause it's a tennis ball, not a baseball). Have you ever practiced against a wall? It returns...
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    Ask The Hitman

    Dear Hitman, how does one estimate '80% intensity'? IOW, how does one know the difference between the effort needed to be in the zone of optimizing gains vs. going too far. extra points: How could Kevin Durant have made a better judgement to stay out of the game?
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    Serve Motion Problems/Elbow

    Although I'm not quite sure what's wrong with the pose in your photos I'll offer this which might give you better feedback about what's wrong ... try to keep your arm moving at a constant speed. That is, become more aware if your stopping at the bottom of the swing arc (racket pointing down)...
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    best dry spray

    https://www.dryhands.com/ - half the price of retail.
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    Celebration of the Sages

    Why not offer a clue so we're not as completely in the dark as you are?
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    Celebration of the Sages

    What does that mean?
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    Celebration of the Sages

    An off-the-cuff idea looking for someone to send it to someone who knows someone who can make it happen. There were three Battle of the Sexes, the second (King beats Riggs) viewed by an estimated 90 million people around the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sexes_(tennis)...
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    How many matches do you play?

    "However, I still strongly disagree with the logic that winning on a legitimate team cannot be celebrated." (Who said otherwise?) "If we're being serious, I can't imagine even 1% of all USTA league players are actually at their "physical limit" I stated 'if they're not physically limited' ...
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