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  1. mnttlrg

    Aeropro Drive Cortex's awesome throat in any other frames???

    Now that I'm going through the racquetfinder, it looks like all of the other ones have a thinner throat. Even the 2013 and the GT have a thinner throat. I wonder how this affects the performance of it..... Any thoughts?
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    ***Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 95 Club***

    Also, I am messing around in racquetfinder, and now I am curious about this Prostaff Tour 90. How close is that to the original 85?
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    ***Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 95 Club***

    I was considering the Classic 6.1 95 that had the black beam with red and yellow. I remember that being fairly solid. A lot of the older material rackets just feel better / hold up to pace better than this new cheap, flimsy junk that everything is made with. I am honestly wondering now if...
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    ***Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 95 Club***

    So I have the white and red six.one 95 from whenever it was not too long ago (2013?), and I also recently hit with my old Sampras 85. I feel like the material in the Sampras hits MUCH more solid than the six.one, especially playing against high level pace. Does anyone else agree with that...
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    Matchup question

    To me, the slice is best when you hit it away from them and force them to take lots of steps. In particular, angled crosscourt slice is just mean when hit correctly. If he's "just topspinning it back," that means you're not moving him enough. In reference to guessing where he's going to...
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    Driving through the ball at contact

    I think in that millisecond (whatever it is) of contact, the racket either hits THROUGH the ball with actual head-speed, or it moves fast towards the ball and then slows to a crawl or buckles upon impact. I have always had ferocious hitting power, especially for someone with my level of...
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    What sould i do for better a better good forehand.

    It looks like you are so focused on LOOKING LIKE the correct technique that you're leaving out most of the physical elements of the shot. I think it would help you a lot to figure out WHY the racket positions / moves a particular way while hitting, etc etc. You are not using any real body...
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    And either way, that doesn't address the actual point I made about it.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    Are both of those statements about the same guy? Just curious, not trying to argue. Getting bumped up or making it to nationals is not as big of a deal as it sounds like. If you are the best team in your local area, you make it to nationals. If you beat the other 4.0's in your area, you end...
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    Aeropro Drive Cortex's awesome throat in any other frames???

    I just hit with an APDC for the first time recently, and I am amazed at how much I loved this throat! (I didn't LOVE the hoop but I didn't hate it. The string job was a botch, so I can't attribute it to that, either.) It felt super strong and solid, but not tinny, harsh, or blasty. There...
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    Moonballingest Pro or College Players??

    Pink shirt was some sort of champion in NCAA. I think she's moving into challenger level. She's kind of my hero in terms of shot style, strategy, etc. Most of her stuff wouldn't qualify as a moonball, but she definitely throws some very high stuff in there in a selective way to set up...
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    Moonballingest Pro or College Players??

    See, I call that crafty. She was losing the fast-tempo battle, so she stretched out the court and forced her to hit something she didn't like. It became a setup shot.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    I can tell that dude has a whole other gear that he's not even bothering with because he can already eat his lunch with simple ball placement. I seriously want to know how to develop control / precision / balance like that.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    Agreed, and most people should be able to see that he is lights years ahead of that other video. Not even close, 6-0 6-0, complete difference in the caliber of play.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    It's possible that all of us are correct. Our top local team wins the state level finals every season, and I know they have gotten invites to the Florida facility in the past for national level competition. From there, they usually beat up on a lot of the other north and central regions, but...
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    Moonballingest Pro or College Players??

    I am curious which pro players most often use very high spin shots that try to get out of the other players' strike zones. I want to see some high, disruptive, defensive or attacking spin. I am happy with anyone past, present, ATP, WTA, or even ITF or college. Thanks! :cool:
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    Waiter's Tray serve can be weapon!

    OP: I know what you mean. But I would love to see a video of this serve for a point of reference.
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    Any of today's WTA top 20 -30 would beat these Men's 1983 RG Finalists

    I think if you went back to the time of men using wooden rackets, a current top 20 WTA player would beat one of those guys, but it wouldn't be a blowout. I would even make an exception for a few of the all-time greats from that era.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    I just found this randomly on Youtube, but this looks like fairly standard 4.0 league tennis to me. I think both of these guys would beat either of those other two guys.
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    50 year old defeats former Division 1 college tennis player (USTA 4.5 Tennis)

    I just gave it a full rewatch to make sure I'm not losing my mind: I have seen lots of 4.0 players with better strokes. Even if you were to grant that he hits 4.5-caliber shots, his movement / athleticism is like a 3.5 and he is prone to constant errors. That would make him a 4.0 for sure...
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    Playing 1980s style players is very very difficult

    This may or may not be helpful, but I've found that a lot of those low-ball drivey plowy old school guys HATE dealing with topspin moonballs out of their strike zone. Also, when they plow a rocket at me, I often block slice it shallow and low to the service line and force them to scoop it up...
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    Serve video - Help me with my serve please

    The left shoulder turn is happening too late in the process, and the right arm is too straight both leading into and during contact.
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    Serve video - Help me with my serve please

    Your right arm is very stiff and muscley for the whole second half of the serve. And your wrist is not in a supportive position until the very end of the serve. So you're forcing a lot of extra strain through your arm / shoulder when you could simply loosen it up and use more shoulder turn /...
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    Also, check out the real life Dolgopolov. He hits a ferocious lightning-style serve. The idea is that instead of tossing high, setting up body and racket, then hitting on the way down, you set the shot up, do a baby toss, and then hit the ball at its peak before it begins to drop. For me...
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    last serve of first video, first serve of second video. Both had a huge load of weight driving the knees downward, legs never recovered, buckling followed by netting the ball.
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    The hypocrisy of the dropshot/lob combo

    If they don't invite you back because of that, they are chumps. The only exception would be if you are doing this combo during drills. Save it for match play.
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    This could be controversial advice too, but I think your toss is way too high for what is essentially a lightning serve motion. If you are loading up upper and lower body to bomb the ball and then have to stop all your momentum and wait for the ball to drop, that's too high of a toss.
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    Here is the bunny hop in action (from a couple of years ago):
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    Yeah, I think the more your arm gets away from your body, the more you lose power from the hips / shoulder / legs, etc. It takes away your foundation to drive the ball. So at best, you are driving that ball with your whole body. At worst, your arm drifts off to the right pre-swing and you...
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    Finally took a video. Critique/Slam/fix my serve.

    Well you're in luck, because I am in the same boat and have a great trick. In my opinion, the deep knee bend / explosion mechanic is a bit over-rated for us non-athletes. What works for me is to make sure I always do a tiny little bunny hop. That way, I know my legs are supporting the shot...
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