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    Puzzles

    Yup, that's the answer. 1st day of Winter is already the shortest day. So each subsequent day is longer until we get to the longest day (the Summer solstice). .
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    What's the purpose of bouncing the ball before serve

    And yet most elite players bounce the ball as part of their service ritual. .
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    2019 WTA Dubai - Premier 5

    Agree. There is much to admire about her touch, her unconventional game and her tenacity. It's the aesthetics... the stiffness, the "ugliness" of her strokes that makes me cringe. She's gotten very good with oddball mechanics. Genie Bouchard is another player who has some very good elements...
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    Puzzles

    @Sudacafan A1. No it doesn't matter what hemisphere we are talking about. When it's Summers in the Northern H, it is Winter in the Southern H. Same rules (conditions) apply. A2. @sureshs' nitpicking aside, there are theoretically an infinite # of starting points that will work. You are on...
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    Puzzles

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    2019 WTA Dubai - Premier 5

    Rennae Stubbs doesn't look like a happy camper either. Her girl let Hseih back into the match. Tired and getting no rhythm from Hseih.
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    2019 WTA Dubai - Premier 5

    Gotta say, watching Hseih play is annoying. I recall others complain before. Never really watched her much. Cringing at her style and the way she hits a lot of her shots. I guess it drives opponents crazy as well. .
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    Puzzles

    For Q2, the North Pole is the classic answer. I noticed that you changed the rest of your answer. Any other solutions?
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    Puzzles

    Gobsmacked (at 3:23). Love that word. We don't use it on this side of The Pond. It must be the proximity of Scots over there. .
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    What forehand would you teach a beginner to start?

    I like this approach as well as the one I suggested. The key is to be somewhat flexible w/o letting the novice establish some bad/horrendous habits that they might have difficulty fixing later. If a novice employs a Nadal "rodeo" finish every once in a while, I won't say anything about it...
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    What forehand would you teach a beginner to start?

    I will usually teach a novice to execute a unit turn with a semi-open stance. Will encourage a step-in neutral stance prior to the forward swing. If they tend to stay semi-open, we will stay with that for a while -- until they have their spacing or other elements of the Fh down. And then some...
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    What forehand would you teach a beginner to start?

    As long as the novice chooses some anything between an Eastern Fh grip and a SW grip, I won't dictate which grip they use. As long as they are consistent with their grip choice at the beginning. If they start with more of a conti grip, I'll coax them over to the Eastern. If they have an extreme...
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    What's the purpose of bouncing the ball before serve

    How do we explain Novak's incessant ball bouncing? Often, a lot of bounces and a different number of bounces? Most server's have a set (established) number of bounces for their ritual -- yields more of a rhythm. Where is Novak's rhythm? Or perhaps that is his secret -- he's not giving the...
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    Puzzles

    Hey guys, how about answering my riddles in post #31 before tossing out more puzzles? This "brain teaser" is better when you are told that one path leads to "the land of the cuties" and the other path leads to "the land of the butt-uglies". And, NO, you can't tell which path is which by...
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    What's the purpose of bouncing the ball before serve

    Interesting. We now know why Enqvist had less than half as many singles titles as Edberg -- 19 vs 41. Enqvist is bouncing-challenged? Perhaps Thomas is embarrassed by his lack of ball bouncing skills. Thomas actually does have a serving ritual -- it just doesn't involve bouncing the ball. He...
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