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    Pronation on a Kick Serve

    You might want to check your grip. From your description (the waiter's tray), it sounds like you may be serving with a forehand grip. A proper serve that utilizes pronation should at a minimum be a continental grip. An eastern backhand would be even better in my opinion to generate more spin...
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    Should I buy a ball machine?

    This link has the info you need: https://www.sptennis.com/ Basically the bottom models, the Edge Lite and the Edge Lite -R (the same model with the Remote), have the lighter duty battery that gives you about 2 hours of play. The other models like the Sport and Star have heavier duty...
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    Should I buy a ball machine?

    If you want to use oscillation and narrow the range of balls, the trick is to move the machine closer to the net. When I first got my machine and experimented with oscillation, I made the mistake of having the machine set up around the baseline. That configuration shot out such a wide range...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    Here you go ... Below is a picture showing the SP edge Lite -R ball container looking down on it. The image on the left shows how balls can get hung up on the bucket's front seam (the seam to the right in the picture where two balls are riding). The image on the right shows a cardboard tube...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    In the past few months, the SP manufacturer has regularly listed a whole batch (one of each of their various models -- maybe 6 or so) of their ball machines every week or two on the bay (you can't use the bay's real name on this forum so people use those odd references). They are labeled...
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    Thoughts on my 2nd Silent Partner ball machine

    You're very welcome. I've only had my machine for 8 months so my battery is still fresh. From what I've read on the forum, the life of the battery will vary and can last years if you take care of it. Again from the forums, these batteries live longer if you don't leave them discharged so...
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    Thoughts on my 2nd Silent Partner ball machine

    I've got a edge lite about 8 months ago and had the same battery debate you're going through. The question really centers around how you plan to use the machine. It's basically about 2 hours of power with the edge lite battery or about 4 hours with the bigger sport battery. The bigger...
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    bumper guards and grommet strips - how to replace them

    For those really difficult grommets, I've taken to putting them in hot water for a few minutes to make them more pliable.
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    Based on some of your clues, that racquet sounds like the racquet you see in the picture in the following link: https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/dunlop-maxply-mcenroe-graphite-users.598887/ Funny enough, I happened to find one in my closet a few days ago and dragged mine court...
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    want to add more MPH to my serve

    Below is a link to a Joe Montana video on how to throw a spiral football. You'll see a similar arm pronation in generating the spiral as you would in hitting a tennis serve. If you have a football and a friend you can play catch with, you can take Joe's techniques and have some fun...
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    > Dunlop Users Association >

    I recently bought a Biomemetic 300 tour off the bay. What's interesting about the racquet is that it has graphics inside the throat with the name "Broady" in big letters in a manner that blends really well with what I'd consider the normal stock racquet graphics. I assume it's associated...
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    Considering used lobster 401

    With your motivation and with you expressing it earlier as inexpensive, I'd bet you get excellent use of it if it's a sound used machine. That's especially if it is similar to my machine. I have a Silent Partner Edge -R which is great for grooving strokes and is super portable. Hauling it...
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    Best ball machine under 1k?

    As suggested by bobtodd, that's a great way to go. Like you, I was looking for the same as you last year to help groove some strokes. From what I've seen, Silent Partner machines offer the best bang for the buck. This forum suggests that the manufacturer also offers excellent support...
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    Flattening out a weak loopy forehand

    A western grip encourages the type of stroke you are trying to get away from. If you want to rebuild your forehand with a more drive through the ball motion, you may want to consider changing your grip and taking a step wise approach to rebuilding/adjusting your technique from there. Just...
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    Single handed backhand grips and their analogous forehand grips...

    I don't have much experience with your other ones, but I would agree with the line above. When I was experimenting with a semi western forehand grip last year (coming from an eastern forehand grip) I found I didn't have to change grips between my forehand and backhand strokes. That is, the...
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    Best items you found at thrift stores (Goodwill)?

    I found a Head TXP professional yesterday in great shape. A bit out of the loop, I didn't know what to make of it at first, but it had the cap grommets from Head Pro Tours and PC600/Prestige's so I knew it was special so I nabbed it. When I got it home and did research on the web, I finally...
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    Sticky Dunlop Hotmelt 200G - any solutions to remove?

    This reply is years late, but just in case anyone encounters a similar problem ... Anyway, I had the same sticky issue on various items (stuff built in that era) including my Dunlop HM200Gs. I managed to get the sticky off with some soapy water and some Scotch type scrub pads. The scrub...
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    rattling in my racquet?

    For those butt caps with no trap door, if you take the grip off you can then get full access the butt cap. Typically, these are held in place by staples/tacks. If you carefully remove the staples/tacks, sometimes you can just reuse them when you put things back together. Anyway, take off...
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    Roddick plays tennis with frying pan

    Here's a link to a fun article on Roddick playing with a handicap using a frying pan against a writer/average tennis player: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=gallagher/080708_excerpt
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    Buttcap

    It's not that difficult. It's just a matter of unwrapping your grip to get access to the buttcap, removing staples that hold the butt cap in place (use a small flat blade screwdriver and needle nose pliers to nudge them out), popping on the new butt cap, and stapling the new one in place. If...
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    Something I noticed...

    To clear up a misconception, just as no normal person is going to hit all their forehands with the same side of a racquet face, the fact that someone uses the same grip for forehand and backhand (as being discussed) does not mean they are going to be hitting the ball with only one side of the...
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    Something I noticed...

    Check this thread for a wild debate about this subject: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=143795&highlight=one+grip
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    Table Table-Top Stringers

    I've had a Gamma X-ST for a few years and I've been really happy with it. It has all the features I wanted in a stringer (fixed clamps, spring-pull tensioner, six point mounting, etc.). For my needs, it's perfect and I'm still really happy with my purchase after extended use. Based on my...
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    Anybody ever learned to play with Non-Dominant hand after an injury to the dominant?

    Two years ago, one of my hitting buddies got garden elbow (may have been tennis) in the spring and couldn't hit with his dominant side without a lot of pain. He tried the switch and after a few weeks was actually semi-decent and able to keep a rally going. He was playing at what I would...
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    Crank stringing machine - feels like the same tension as a drop / elec!!

    A lockout machine when it hits the set tension will lockout on that specified tension. Meanwhile, the string, under the tension will stretch thereby causing the string to lose some of that tension. On the otherhand, a constant pull machine will recognize the tension change caused by the string...
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    What is the plastic thing for on the Gamma X-2

    It's the black plastic block riding on the front top rail right next to the right front corner of the machine in the last picture of the link I provided above. It's right above the "er" text of the "Stringer" label.
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    What is the plastic thing for on the Gamma X-2

    Believe it or not Elvis is right, as that plastic block is for cutting string. Though I don't have an X-2, I have a Gamma stringer with a similar thing and the manual states the following about it: Cutting Block A cutting block is provided to provide a surface for cutting a point on the...
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    Guess what happens when you taunt a tiger?

    Here's a report of a police court documents showing the victims were intoxicated and admitted to taunting the tiger just before the attack. Also, the shoe print on the rail matched one of the victims. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/18/tiger.attack.ap/index.html#cnnSTCVideo Please continue...
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    What's the purpose of the Awl here. Confused

    An regular awl can be very useful when installing a new set of grommets on a racquet as most grommets don't just slip into place willingly. An awl gives you the ability to pry and apply leverage as needed to get those stubborn grommets to comply.
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    How to removing dried out Glue on the head

    In general, the surface on racquets is pretty tough. As such, I've had great success using the teflon scrubbers (the ones you find on the bottom of kitchen sponges) with a little soap and water to clean up messes like the ones you've described. Of the dozens and dozens of racquets I've worked...
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