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  1. MyFearHand

    Why go airborne in the split step?

    From a physics perspective it's going to be easier to start moving once you're already moving. So going airborne seems better. Also, if basically every pro player, college players, good junior player you watch goes airborne then this is probably the right way to do it. Can you get away with not...
  2. MyFearHand

    Doubles tactics: what's right for the middle-aged weekend player?

    Ahh well if you practice them a lot then I don't really have any particularly good advice. You could of course try to simulate the backwards movement for those practice feed but that's more difficult to do. Do you prefer to hit harder volleys or harder overheads? If volleys, then you could try...
  3. MyFearHand

    Should the split step in the service return be done consciously or unconsciously?

    Why try to find a short cut from what the pros do? As long as it isn't causing you physical pain then shoot for the real split step and yeah you may not get it every time but I guarantee you attempting to split every time will be more effective than not trying to.
  4. MyFearHand

    Doubles tactics: what's right for the middle-aged weekend player?

    Good point made above about not trying to hit an outright winner. I'd also like to add, how often do you practice your overheads? Why don't you ask your practice partner to hit you 20 every time you go out to hit, that doesn't take that long and your overhead will improve quickly. Then you can...
  5. MyFearHand

    Should the split step in the service return be done consciously or unconsciously?

    I like to think of myself as a pretty solid returner and I consciously think about my split step.
  6. MyFearHand

    Feedback on serve and volley

    The biggest thing I noticed is that you're running through pretty much all of your first volleys. You need to take a second to split step as they hit the ball so that you're prepared to change directions if necessary. Notice how even though I'm trying to get close here I make sure to split step...
  7. MyFearHand

    List of Murray Accomplishments that Fed can’t touch

    Getting a hip replacement before age 35.
  8. MyFearHand

    Highest ranked player you ever faced?

    I've played this guy once in singles: 2018: 0-6 2-6 I've played this guy in doubles twice: 2018: 3-6 2-6 2017: 3-6 3-6
  9. MyFearHand

    Interesting training gadget

    I mean, I suppose you're hitting tennis balls but the way the ball comes back is going to be so wildly different it may destroy some timing.
  10. MyFearHand

    Why do you think shot tolerance is so much lower when playing points and matches?

    I think probably the biggest thing is your third reason. You know in practice exactly where the next ball is supposed to go, whereas in a match you have no idea. You have to recognize where it is going which means you get there a little later.
  11. MyFearHand

    Worst day since awhile

    I haven't read most of the rest of the thread so apologies if something like this was already said. A few years ago I was talking to one of my friends on the club team I was on. He won the Mexico 16 and under tournament back in the day but had some pretty bad injuries which forced him away from...
  12. MyFearHand

    Critique My Serve: New Vid

    You're bending your knees too much.
  13. MyFearHand

    Doubles strategies

    I'm not a big fan of playing mixed doubles because what tends to happen is that your woman gets lobbed a lot when you try to go to the net and then suddenly you're in a lot of trouble. So try to do this to the guy, since it sounds like he enjoys coming to the net. Every time he comes to net lob...
  14. MyFearHand

    Doubles strategies

    Well to be fair it depends on the goal of his partner. If she's super interested in winning and it's the best strategy then it might not be that big a deal to her. I know personally if I was playing men's doubles and my partner was a lot better than me I'd care a lot more about winning than...
  15. MyFearHand

    Two Handed Serve

    Not to mention aesthetically pleasing.
  16. MyFearHand

    Two Handed Serve

    This could be the next evolution of the game. Brilliant.
  17. MyFearHand

    Technical discussion of Dimitrov's game

    I don't think his ball toss is a serious problem, he can hit every serve quite well from that position. I think the real issue with his serve is the predictability of where he sends his second serve. Also listening to McEnroe's criticism of Dimitrov sliding was incredibly annoying. Just because...
  18. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Well a local college has it installed and you can scan a QR code to get it to start recording. As far as I know they only have video-recording capabilities and none of the stat-taking stuff. So it's helpful in the sense that we don't have to set up a camera when we're there to record but...
  19. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Ahhh gotcha haha. Sadly no control over the playsight frame rate.
  20. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Tracer balls?
  21. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Here is a video of some crosscourt backhands from the same day.
  22. MyFearHand

    Is it rude to dropshot old people?

    Leagues are about competing so play to win. I regularly hit with a 72 year old man and even in practice I hit drop shots from time to time. There's no harm in it and if they don't want to play with you again so be it. There are plenty of people who play tennis and don't mind losing to a drop...
  23. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Because everyone just wants to play games and sets. I'm always so happy when I get to play with Sam (I've moved from New England now) because I know he'll be down to do a good mix of drills and sets.
  24. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    I think that's a really good point, definitely something I can easily work on and improve as well.
  25. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    From watching the video in slow motion it looks like I'm watching the ball and keeping my head fairly still during contact. Though I'm certainly not looking at contact as long as we see from Federer. This isn't something I'm necessarily consciously thinking about.
  26. MyFearHand

    5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

    Happy to hear any advice / critiques. The 4.5 (me) is in white in the near court and the 5.0 is in black in the far court. Here are some crosscourt backhands as well.
  27. MyFearHand

    4.5 vs. 5.0 Ground Games

    Here's a small update on both of our games, I'll edit a full highlight video together later.
  28. MyFearHand

    Rackets similar to the blx six one 95 16x18

    Yeah, I'm out of grommets.
  29. MyFearHand

    Rackets similar to the blx six one 95 16x18

    Does anyone have any recommendations for rackets which play similarly to the blx six one 95 16x18?
  30. MyFearHand

    If you don't know what to do hit the same ball

    This is of course anecdotal but I found it pretty interesting what happened when I played a few ground games using directionals. I play at a 4.5-5.0 (UTR 9.25 currently) level and I was playing with a 5.0 (UTR UR currently but previously 11). I decided to play 3 ground games where I exclusively...