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    FS: Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro 2.0, 4 3/8 grip, 7.5/10

    Item Description: Head YouTek IG Extreme Pro 2.0 Grip Size: L3 4 3/8 Quantity: 1x Head Size: 100 Condition: 7.5/10 Specific Time Used: 20+h of rec tennis, no hard hitting. Been switching between this and a couple other racquets for like less than a year, 1-2h weekly total playtime for all the...
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    FS: Head YouTek IG Prestige MP, 4 3/8 grip, 7/10

    Item Description: Head YouTek IG Prestige MP Grip Size: L3 4 3/8 Quantity: 1x Head Size: 98 Condition: 7/10 Specific Time Used: 50+h of rec tennis, no hard hitting. Been switching between this and a couple other racquets for like 3-4 years, 1-2h weekly total playtime for all the racquets...
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    If you think you can, should you hit on the rise on every ball?

    Okay, as I've also previously posted here I have sort of a strategic dilemma as to what exactly do on match court. I feel I can hit the ball better than my opponents but the matches are still often tight or I can even lose them. I think in general this is due to my lack of real strategy on...
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    Which players could win more than 50% of baseline points vs. 2004-2007 Federer?

    Yes, which players could win more than 50% of baseline points vs. 2004-2007 Federer? As we know, I think during his peak Federer didn't win any more average percentage of points than he does now? And obviously, he won majority of points at net and got a ton of service winners. From the baseline...
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    Is ball anticipation Federer's biggest strength?

    I've heard it been said that just before opponent serves, Federer can pick the serve's direction like 90% of times. This is probably the reason why he's always been top notch on first serve return pts won. Also on baseline rallies it often feels like he's one step ahead of opponents...
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    Modern thick beam type 100 sq.in tweeners with 18x20 pattern

    Not that I would change racquets now, since I feel I finally found my gem in Ezone DR 100. But just asking out of racquetaholic curiosity, are there any of these 315-320g strung weight 100 sq.in modern Babolat type relatively stiff and thick beamed racquets, similar to DR 100, that had 18x20...
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    Best mantra for racquet weight

    I've heard it been said a numerous times that "play with as heavy a racquet as you can without losing RHS". I think that's a stupid mantra. It's obvious that it would actually give a very light racquet IN REALITY since it's obvious we all swing a very light racquet faster. A much better mantra...
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    Ok, I think I have serious limiting factors in my game. What to do next?

    Ok, I think I've finally realized what limits my match play! I've recently been on a serious spiral of losing to "worse" opponents. (Yea I know if he beats me he ain't worse but you know what I mean...) My situation is a two edged sword. Let me explain what I think I do right now and what not...
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    Djokovic truly surprised me!

    His decline didn't start at typical age 28.5 as I predicted before so often here, rather he delayed it upto age 29. But fact is it's happening now, like it happened to all the previous greats. Djokovic's slam count? Probably 13 or 14 max.
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    When will Murray learn that endless crosscourt does nothing?

    I just can't stand his game. Sure, he might sometimes hit hard etc. But his mentality is to avoid errors at all cost on the shot selection level, so he goes endless crosscourt, even more so against Djokovic. The matches are so predictable, and his stats against Federer/Djokovic post Lendl agree...
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    Occasions of zero UEs?

    On first round AO2016 match, Bolelli had 26 winners and zero unforced errors against Brian Baker. And that was on a course of a tight 4-set battle. Quite amazing that a player can totally avoid UEs on a tight match! http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day7/1158ms.html Any other full...
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    Ball rotation off the bounce for a sliced ball

    I've heard it mentioned often before on this very site that both topspin and slice strokes had the same (topspin) rotation direction after the bounce. Well, truth to be told I never believed that chit. Check this slice passing shot by Federer, go to time 8:40 and see for yourself how the sliced...
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    Yonex Ai 108 anybody?

    I just ran into Yonex Ai 108, a lightweight OS racquet with modern APD type frame shape. The string pattern has similar 8T/8H skips as APD (or my current racquet IG Extreme Pro 2.0), and one less cross at 16x18 might just help add spin. The weight is light! Static at 272g strung and swingweight...
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    Any chance of adding all string pattern stats in racquet finder?

    First of all, great job on racquet finder! It's an awesome tool to find racquets similar to your old one, or racquets close to the specs you're after. However, I see one thing missing: All the string pattern stats. I mean, the mains skips, whether there are shared holes and one piece or two...
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    Getting more depth on topspin forehand

    Ok, so I have recently improved my consistency on forehand tremendously. But the problem is that my new forehand tends to have too much spin in relation to pace, so the depth is too often lacking. An obvious choice would be to hit more through the ball to add pace but I'm afraid that would add...
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    Now, Federer's age is official

    He is 35 :D The 35 year old reiterated his comments from Basel where he said he would play beyond the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “I never said I was going to be done at Rio. I just said that was like my next long-term goal I had. It's not around the corner, but it's not that far off anymore,” he...
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    Arm forces on the forward swing of ATP forehand

    So I've been shadow swinging and improving my strokes by leaps during the last two weeks or so. Today I took a video of me shadow swinging forehands, and it was obvious that my form is 100% ATP. Elbow is up and away from the body and racquet is pointing upwards/sideways/forwards at around a 45...
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    Nadal has better first serve than Federer/Sampras! And Karlovic...

    Facts don't lie. Here are career service game stats for some interesting names. The numbers behind each name are: 1st serve %/1st serves won %/2nd serves won %, % of all points won by the server on his 1st serve The last number is simply the product of the first two. That number says that how...
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    Hey, I finally found the racquet drop!

    Everybody knows that I have never had proper racquet drop. As a consequence, my serve has always been the biggest weakness of my game. I just could never figure out what I did wrong when I didn't have the racquet dropping. I tried to do all sorts of funky things with my hitting hand but nothing...
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    Asymmetric weighting of handle

    Has anybody (or even a pro) ever used asymmetric weighting of handle? What I mean by this is that you add weight in the handle only on one side, be it left or right, top or bottom, however you prefer. I was just figuring that weight placed straight under your hand (only on the side of grip where...
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    Bodybuilding does no good for muscle power or athletic ability

    Recent research: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26388513 In that research paper, they compared muscle fiber power outputs of Power Athletes (PA), Bodybuilders (BB) and a Control group (C). From the abstract of the linked paper: "Irrespective of fibre type, peak power (P) of PA fibres was...
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    After the USO final, Federer will retire...

    ... from the rest of 2015, and focus on his family and getting prepared for 2016, slams and Olympics. He has nothing more left to win in 2015. You heard it first here.
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    If only Djokovic would've...

    ---not lost against bunter Murray in two slam finals, not choked away RG13 and not choked against Nishikori USO14, he would now hold 13 slam wins, and soon pass Sampras and now equal Nadal on GOAT list. How on earth did that happen? He has been THIS GOOD throughout 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and...
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    Aligned knuckles grip on forehand?

    I remember that there has been some threads about "pro-continental" grip, one where all the knuckles are aligned on the same #2 bevel of the racquet handle. IIRC, it was pointed out that most pros use this aligned knuckles version of the conti grip on serve and volleys whereas most rec players...
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    This is why Nadal lost the final

    It was a night match! Nadal never plays well in cooler conditions, under the lights. Against Berdych in the semis, he played the best match of his whole season because it was a day match on a very hot sunny day. It has always been like this, and will always be like this. Nadal plays his best...
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    What the! Murray is seeking to attack now??

    Murray fans: I've previously put lots of hate towards the Scot. But this last week has proved to me what he really is capable of. This has been about the first time EVER that I've enjoyed somewhat watching Andy! He is on a roll now, and IMO he has changed his gameplan quite a bit. He has not...
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    Skidding through spin component?

    Recent videos prove that my serve skids through with very low bounce. It almost looks like the serve regains some forward momentum after the bounce. And the height of the bounce is very low. My serve feels like "slow sitter", but the videos prove that it bounces too low for the opponent to kill...
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    Technique vs. strategy

    Which do you think wins more matches: Perfecting technique, or perfecting strategy? Should you focus more on developing patterns of play, like S&V, C&C, DTL net approach, wide serve & FH to the open court, CC rally and then a DTL forcing shot etc? Or should you rather just work on improving your...
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    ATP take back for rally balls, WTA take back for no-pace floaters?

    I struggle a lot in consistently pounding the weak no-pace floaters away. I am much better relatively in handling the heavier rally balls. I try to use an ATP style take back, i.e racquet tip pointing forwards before the forward swing. It feels like this ATP take back is good in generating...
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    Syngut feels so honest!

    So just recently I switched to fullbed syngut on one of my racquets, after many years with various multi/poly and gut/poly hybrids and occasional full poly tryouts. I had tried syngut earlier, and it felt like crap, I hated the feel. Recently however I've had various problems with my FH, so I...
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