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    Quote of the day

    Profound thoughts from Dan Quayle "I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people." "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are...
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    what are the user ranges in ttw?

    Don't know why there's all those juvenile GOAT wars with the certifiables in GPPD. We've got our GOAT right here and his initials are FC
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    what are the user ranges in ttw?

    I had seen that mentioned before. Was @stringertom given that title at one point but then demoted back down to Bionic Poster with us mere mortals?
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    what are the user ranges in ttw?

    Eagle eye. The missing S in Professional? Just saw that one. Is there another? I did a Copy-Paste & Edit of that other post. Hadn't notice the misspelled Pro level
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    Fade spin on serve

    Toss arc & toss placement are different. A flat serve and slice serve can often be the same (or nearly the same) toss. Toss between 12 & 1 o'clock. For a more dramatic slice the toss can sometimes be further to the R (or less to the L). Toss closer to 2 o'clock. Kick serves or other topspin (or...
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    Fade spin on serve

    Yes, the racket and arm are often not vertical at contact. True even moreso for a topspin / kick serve than for a flat serve or a pure slice serve. As seen below, the arm is angled somewhat to the R while the racket shaft angles to the L
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    Kick Serve Help

    Yes, contact for a good topspin or kick serve will be several centimeters (it might even feel like a few inches) lower. It will also not be as far forward (relative to the baseline). Also check the contact relative to the light pole in the background here. Some player will also toss the ball...
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    Has your tennis game peaked?

    Was playing at 3.5/4.0 ntrp in my late 30s. I had been playing more competitive badminton than tennis prior to that (in the 1980s). By my late 40s & early 50s I was competitive against 5.0 ntrp players. Downhill since that time -- primarily cuz of recurring overuse injuries & age
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    Good Chinese WTA players

    It doesn’t appear that the Chinese state-run sports development machine has been quite as successful in developing tennis players as they have been in table tennis, badminton, diving, gymnastics & other select sports. I believe that the Chinese sports system started developing table tennis...
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    what are the user ranges in ttw?

    Saw this posted in another thread: Starting points New User: 0 Rookie: 100 Semi-Pro: 400 Professional: 800 Hall of Fame: 1500 Legend: 5000 GOAT: 10000 Talk Tennis Guru: 20000 Bionic Poster: 30000
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    Do Slams measure greatness? Poll

    One number does not define greatness. Nor does a handful of numbers More numbers. Better than one. But still not definitive. Should these metrics really be given equal weighting? Who decides? Should these be the only metrics? How about context? Numbers alone don't tell the whole story. Needs...
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    Officially Rafa Nadal is the biggest star player in tennis now.

    Could be why Rafa takes so long to serve
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    Officially Rafa Nadal is the biggest star player in tennis now.

    Not sure that many share your opinion -- but then, beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. Not a fan of all the color schemes for their watches myself, but a lot of RM designs look very hi-tech / trendy. I think this might be the first one the Rafa had in 2010:
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    Kick Serve Help

    Yes, it's a topspin-slice serve with a generous amount of spin (with a decent amount of RHS). Easier to get a good kick with a higher arc / trajectory. Try this drill from Kevin G. I was doing this with students 15+ years ago but we were standing on the other side of the fence -- on the grass...
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    Officially Rafa Nadal is the biggest star player in tennis now.

    Isn't Rafa still wearing the other high-end Swiss watches from Richard Mille? RM watches don't have the rich history (and prestige?) that Rolex does but they are very light, innovative & more expensive than Rolex Rafa's name is on this one:
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