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    Picking A Big Ol' Fight With Schmke

    I wrote this about 2 years ago, seems like we are of a similar mind on this idea.
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    Solving the Riddle: The Perfect Stack

    I don't like stacking because it reduces the likelihood of each individual match being competitive. If the stack is successful it usually means the weakest player/doubles team from one team plays against the best from the other team, creating a boring worthless match. Here is what I would do...
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    Relocating to Portland, OR in the fall.

    The Portland local league had 10 teams in 5.0 18+ mens. I wouldn't say there are "very few 5.0s in Oregon". There were 18 teams in the 4.5 mens league, and 26 in men's 4.0. I know those aren't NorCal numbers but there are plenty of players at all of those levels. Last year the Portland 4.5...
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    Radical Idea for USTA leagues

    I like your idea. It would be much easier to change people's rankings than to change the names of the divisions. The USTA could just add a 0.25 boost to everyone's rating for 2 years, then remove it. It would be easier for players to keep track of. I suspect that a regularly scheduled...
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    Radical Idea for USTA leagues

    If these guys you speak of are in the lower 1/2 of the 3.5 class, then when it went to 3.25 they would play against the upper half of 3.0, which might be fun for them. If these guys are in the upper half of 3.5, they would only play against lower 4.0s, which might not be that bad for them...
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    Radical Idea for USTA leagues

    What if every few years (let's say 2 for the sake of argument) the USTA changed the leagues. Instead of doing 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, etc, they change to 3.25, 3.75, 4.25, 4.75. Then after 2 more years they would change back to 3.0, 3.5, 4.0. USTA already calculates all the rankings to 0.01 so there...
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    post your shoes before the shoe warranty claim

    Does anyone know if they check the color on the returns? I had a pair of nike lunars in blue that I got as a warranty replacement from a previous nike shoe. They wore out, so I bought another pair of lunars in white/pink/blue. I got injured so I didn't play much and didn't wear out the white...
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    Does result of win or Loss affect one's NPRT rating?

    Is it true that the 10 point match tiebreaker only counts for 1 game? This always seemed odd to me. Given that it is 10 points long instead of 4, it seems like it should count for 2-3 games. And given that the person who wins it always wins the match, it would be a way of giving a little more...
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    The gut/poly thread

    I'm using gut/poly in a pure drive and I love it. I have had excellent durability putting string savers in a 6 x 6 pattern in the highest wear area right after stringing.
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    "plus" leagues....

    Like everything, there are more possibilities than the negative situations that have been described. I am a middle of the road 5.0. I played singles this week against a team with a 5.5. Sure enough the 5.5 played singles against me. First set he beat me 6-2, but at the end of the set I...
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    The gut/poly thread

    I really love the gut/poly hybrid and I plan to stick with it. I think the thing that makes it good for me is not that the launch angle is particularly high or low, but that it seems really consistent. When I was using all poly or poly/syn gut, I felt like when I hit the ball in the...
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    The gut/poly thread

    My first gut/poly job I didn't use the elastocross savers and the gut frayed pretty quickly. I put a few elastocross in but not enough and it broke after about 12-14 hours of play. The next 2 jobs I put the elastocross in right away in a 6x6 square where i hit the ball the most. In these I...
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    The gut/poly thread

    Funny, I just re-read what I wrote about the vs/max power combo when I first tried it last week and at that time I said it had lots of spin. Guess I'm just getting greedy and want more!
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    The gut/poly thread

    I agree with your description of the feel of the vs/max power combo. It has good control but just doesn't have the heavy bite that i'm looking for. I think I will try the SPPP and see if that gives me more of what I'm looking for. The problem is that there are just so darn MANY polys to try...
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    The gut/poly thread

    I am hitting with my babolat vs 17 mains @ 56, Kirsh Max Power 17 crosses at 52 in a pure drive. I like it a lot but want a tiny bit more bite and spin. Power level is good. About to string up my other racket with the rest of the babolat vs in the mains. Which of the polys I have sitting in...
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    The gut/poly thread

    Based on recs from this thread I had my first hit today with a gut/poly hybrid. Previously I had been using a poly in the main such as big banger ace 18, signum poly pro plasma 17L, or tour bite soft 17 with OG sheep 17 in the crosses. Usual tension was around 52 main/55 cross Today I used...
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    The gut/poly thread

    Hmmm, interesting. That Max Power looks nice and at only 6.95 per set it helps to offset the high price of the gut. Maybe I will try babolat vs 17 and max power 17
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    The gut/poly thread

    the stringer at my local club is recommending 17 gauge VS gut in the mains with babolat RPM 18 gauge in the crosses. I think I am going to give this combo a try. Also curious about trying the max power in the crosses.
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    The gut/poly thread

    Thanks for the tips. My shoulder problem I would rate as a minor annoyance right now. Mostly I just want to try a different setup after years of the same thing, and with a lot of pros using the guy/poly I am curious to try it.
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    The gut/poly thread

    I'm a 5.0 player who hits with a lot of topspin, and a pretty big kick serve, so I need a lot of bite on the ball. I have been using either Signum PPP 17, TournaBHB7, or Solinco tour bite soft 17 in the mains with OG sheep micro 17 in the crosses for years. Like this setup, but have had some...
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    New stringer (Gamma X-ST), couple dumb questions

    I just found the video in the sticky thread at the top of this forum about mounting the racquet with 6 point mounts. looks like I was a little heavy on the pressure first time! I will be sure to tone it down next time.
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    New stringer (Gamma X-ST), couple dumb questions

    I have been stringing with the gamma X-2 with stringway clamps for years with reasonable results. Found a sweet deal on a used gamma X-ST with the floor stand and pulled the trigger. I only string for myself, 3-5 racquets per month. couple questions How tight are you supposed to tighten...
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    Are you getting bumped, friend or foe team??

    I just counted more closely and it looks like about 30 guys were bumped from 4.5 to 5.0 in our district. Last year there were 3, and there was not any influx of new talent. The team that won the league had 11 bumped, the team that got second and got a wild card to sectionals had 10 bumped...
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    Are you getting bumped, friend or foe team??

    One 4.5 team in my district (mountain park) had 11 guys bumped to 5.0! ONE TEAM! And they didn't even do well at sectionals.
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    Are you getting bumped, friend or foe team??

    massive BUMP!!!! I am in the northern oregon division of pacific NW. They bumped a TON of guys from 4.5 to 5.0 this year. Last year there were 3 guys that bumped from 4.5 to 5.0. This year there must be close to 20. Pretty much any 4.5 who was in the top 10% of the league last year was...
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    Do you need to game the system to qualify for nationals?

    In my opinion the teams like you describe are certainly not illegal or against the rules in any way, but some people feel that they suck the fun out of the local league. I would say that a lot of league players just want to form a group with their friends/neighbors/local club and play in a...
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    How do you feel about a team adding players like this?

    The league finals were last night. The team in question played one of the "mercs" at #1 singles where he lost in a tiebreak. The other merc played #2 doubles and also lost. The team lost 4-1. Unless they get a wildcard, looks like its the end of the line for these guys.
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    How do you feel about a team adding players like this?

    Update - the "mercs" (i like that term) did indeed play in the first round of the playoffs. One of them played #1 singles and won, the other played at #1 doubles, also a win. The team won 4-1 and advanced to the finals this evening.
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    How do you feel about a team adding players like this?

    A situation occurred in our local 4.5 men's 18+ league recently. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Curious how others felt. I am not in the league this year, but was last year so I still follow because I know a lot of the players. The team in question won the local league last year and...
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    USTA wants to "share" 2014 nationals with everyone

    What do you think of this rule? "If you qualify for nationals and your rating is within 0.1 (or 0.15 or something) of being bumped up to the next level, you will be bumped up at year end with no hope of appeal" This way the teams that qualify for nationals will have all of their "big guns"...
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