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    Brand new beginner with wrist pain - racket suggestion

    The Dunlop aerogels were great frames. You will not get anything remotely as good for $100. Your wrist pain is probably a result of poor technique, possibly just holding the handle too tightly. Tendon issues must be treated carefully however, as they can take a long time to go away if they...
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    RHS may be hurting your fh

    Good point. I'm not sure how a closed face works if you are not using poly. Probably ok but I suspect poly with an open stringbed is the best.
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    RHS may be hurting your fh

    You know, your arm does look kind of "long" but when I went frame by frame, your swing looks pretty good. What I noticed however is that your swing perhaps lacks acceleration into impact. It's more of a long and slow motion rather than a loose and snap motion. To use an analogy, it's like...
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    Footwork on serve to body (OHBH)

    Two things. One, you have to get it out front of your body rather than letting it get in on you. Like Becker does in the vid, this is more important than getting a full stroke. Two, if it's into your body so much that you have to move sideways, really you should be moving the other way and...
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    Simplest forehand techniques

    I posted some time ago that I could hit a better FH than any 4.0 doing basically this. You cleverly left out the crucial component however, but we will just keep it a secret between us.
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    Suzanne lenglen serve

    Most of you would kill for her backhand. She clearly has copied Warinka's open chest technique.
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    Pretty cool links about ATP vs WTA forehand

    I think the division into ATP and WTA is too restrictive. That division is based on if you take it back past your body line. Another important aspect is bent elbow or straight elbow. Then there is the question of whether you "pre-lag", ie put the racquet into lag as part of your backswing, or...
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    1hbh parametric acceleration

    There is a lot of disagreement in the golf world over this entire issue. Golf instruction has typically been even worse than tennis instruction. Two things changed it in the past 20 odd years. One, the rise of Tiger Woods, who was kind of a Federer figure in terms of influencing technique...
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    1hbh parametric acceleration

    Release is the release of clubhead lag. Generally it describes the clubhead moving from behind the hands to ahead of them. A more accurate description would be the angle between the shaft and the lead forearm increasing to 180* or more. The later you delay release, the better.
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    How to beat a player like Santoro?

    I think this is a really good approach. If the guy is a retriever, he wants to run. That's his game. Take his biggest weapon away from him.
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    Throwing Like a Girl... Fixes? Cures?

    Hot and can toss the football with you? And probably knock down a few brewskis afterwards? This girl doesn't exist, it's a computer generated image.
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    Need help with BH and more

    I thought you looked ok. You do look a bit tight. It's like you are trying so hard to use your core that you are giving up athleticism in the stroke. Relax and let it flow. If you want more top on the two hander, you need to work on your racquet position.
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    2 vs 1 handed BH superiority issue resolved

    The one hander has a higher offensive ceiling, but you need a really good slice to complement it. Otherwise, at the pro level, they can run around a slice BH and crush it with a FH. This is the reason the one handers we see on the Tour are all pretty much outstanding yet we see lots of average...
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    Why did I lose? (vid of me vs #2 player in club ladder)

    What jumped out at me is that you are very quick and have good footwork but you often manage to still be in a suboptimal or awkward position to hit the ball. IOW you get there but then don't get your stance organized efficiently before hitting. You look hurried and have to arm a lot of shots.
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    Could you beat either one of these 70 yr olds? (Full match highlights)

    If anyone wants to play a senior former top pro, Jimmy Arias is on staff at Bath & Racquet, one of the top tennis clubs in Sarasota, Fl.