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    The Official Lead Tape Placement+Racket Customization Thread

    I'd like to ask a question on this thread regarding HL balance as it relates to maneuverability, and particularly as they apply to volleys. When I look through most threads on HL balance and volleys, and look at some of the racquet specs of serve and volley players, it seems that a high SW...
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    Are there any rackets still made in the USA

    I have a couple Yonex Ezone 98's and a SV95 and they all say made in Japan. Also have a Wilson Ultra tour that was made in China, but they added an extra line that says it was "designed in Chicago, USA" ;)
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    Pro's Pro Strings!?

    What would you guys recommend as a cross string to RPM Blast 15L mains? I'm hoping to have a "budget RPM" setup that can retain most of the performance of full bed RPM by keeping it in the mains and going with one of the Pro's Pro strings on the crosses. The Stratagem 8 seems like the obvious...
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    Playing singles against former Top-300 dude this afternoon

    I know I mentioned this in your travel subforum post, but please make this a thing!
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    70% game and consistency

    You and I both! I have no doubt we'll get there.
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    70% game and consistency

    Interesting you bring up the hour mark as the threshold where your focus and energy start to break down because I think I'm the exact same way. I wonder if this is, to some degree, related to the amount of time I practice outside match settings. My private lessons go for an hour, clinics I used...
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    Genesis Zero Gravity synthetic gut

    Has anyone tried this string? From the description, it seems like they created this with the poly/syngut hybrid in mind and I'm curious to see how it has performed for those that played with it. At $29 a reel it seems like a great bargain if it plays well, but at least one person I know said...
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    Guayaquil, Ecuador this weekend

    Request for a youtube show in the style of Anthony Bourdain, of you traveling the world and meeting people to play tennis :)
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    Post videos of yourself playing well.

    Haha, nay, it's the grand master himself! Edit: just want to clarify that the above picture of j011y (I assume it's him) looks like Donnie Yen, the star in the movie, which all have english subtitles if you can find them on your streaming service. Worth a watch imo!
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    Post videos of yourself playing well.

    That photo looks awesomely familiar ... Were you in any Ip Man movies?
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    Post videos of yourself playing well.

    Ohh, here goes! This is me practicing cross court forehands on the machine while cheating to the right on my start point, but I got three in a row to hit the back fence off one bounce in the court :)
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    The Decline of Proper Cushioning

    Barricade vs. Crazy Light Boost 2018 comparison: I think the most relevant comparison is probably the outsole by the toe area. Both shoes have been worn approximately the same amount (~3 months). I'd go as far as to say I've worn the Barricades longer, and you can see that it still...
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    The Decline of Proper Cushioning

    I used the 2018 Crazy Light Boost basketball shoes for tennis for a few months. For context, I am a 4.0 player in my early 40's, and when I play with people in my age group or older, I have been called "speedy," and against younger guys I am "normal" lol. I do not consider myself an...
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    Coach recommendation in DC area?

    Can't really speak to the correlation between recruit status and coaching ability, but I think it will come down to what you're looking for. Personally I think he's a reasonable option for private lessons in the area and I've had nothing but positive experiences with him as an adult recreational...
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    Normal for winner to get fresh can of balls from loser?

    Not sure about the full context of OP's situation, but I currently play in my local Tennis League Network flex league, and that is indeed an official rule. ------ 2) Tennis Balls Each player is required to bring a new can of tennis balls to every match. The winning player will take home the...
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