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  1. Amone

    High School players and other outdoor players: How did you overcome the sun?

    I found, recently, that it works for me to just take a few (10-12) practice serves in the sun. For the first few, getting the sun in my eyes makes me blind as can be, but eventually you just sort of get used to it.
  2. Amone

    unconventional serves

    I'm sorry, acintya, but there's a framework to play around inside of, and the semi-western grip on the forehand isn't inside of that framework. Simply put, a truly eastern grip (Note that a so-called "australian," halfway between an continental and eastern, can be used) would be far, far too...
  3. Amone


    Emberassing! :oops:
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    When you put it that way, Ray, I see where Kick's coming from. When I first got into customizing, I was playing probably 2 hours a day most days, and working hard to get my strokes really working well. I was never and will never be a great 5.5 player, but I had the technique to play at 4.0 or...
  5. Amone

    Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up

    Well, kudos to you, sir! You seem to have very bad luck medically. I'm sorry to hear that, also.
  6. Amone

    grip size poll

    I technically have a 4 1/2 right now. It was the only Diablo I could find, or something. I don't know. But with my hands, it should be 4 5/8. But all in all I voted 5/8.
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    I mis-spoke. [I have to clarify that I'm just speaking for myself:] I don't know Trav that well. I've read his posts for a long time, and commented, and so on, but as far as friends, I can't say we really are. But as for me, I genuinely enjoy doing all this math. I've found, no matter what the...
  8. Amone


    Is there something inherently wrong with using a beat up racquet? (I don't wanna hijack the thread, but starting new threads is so unpleasant)
  9. Amone

    Spray painting a racket...

    There was a better one by... Chrisinjapan? I don't remember his name exactly, but he made a fake K-Factor frame but with blue instead of red. Well. Maybe not better. I haven't read very far in, I mis-read the first post. EDIT: Okay, final opinion. Based on actual paint job? Chris's was much...
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    If people enjoy it, who are you to crap on their tastes?
  11. Amone

    Spray painting a racket...

    I don't know much about painting frames, but I know that with most other things, you'll want to sand everything smooth between coats (careful not to sand all the way through) and then add a layer or two of clear (matte or gloss, your choice there), again sanding smooth. On the last layer, you...
  12. Amone

    My serve and volley

    Well, it worked for Pistol Pete. But if you look at the majority of serve-and-volleyers, they did have strong serves, but most of them were spin serves. Rafter and Edberg, to my memory, were known for their slice serves. McEnroe was known both for his placement and his serves. Heck, even...
  13. Amone

    Wow! Lead Tape really worked wonders.

    Then wash your hands after you play. You won't get lead poisoning from lead on your hands. Some might tell you that you will, but that's either because they're uneducated on the subject, or because they're trying to scare you. I had lead around most (8 to 4) of the hoop, and often found myself...
  14. Amone

    Word Association!!

    Sergei S. Bryukhonenko
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    Wow! Lead Tape really worked wonders.

    That sounds like me with overgrips -- I just can't stand them, for some reason. I buy an overgrip, I put it on, I hate it and take it off. Then I put on the second one, for some reason. Hate it, take it off. Rinse and repeat.
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    Wow! Lead Tape really worked wonders.

    Yes. I put the replacement grip on. It's like, 1/8" thick or more. Lead's not going through that. And if you're really worried about it, wash your hands after matches and you'll be fine. The minor amount of exposure you get from lead tape wouldn't be a problem unless you put it in your mouth. Or...
  17. Amone


    I bet you also don't listen to music before you buy albums -- there's really no reason to figure out beforehand what you want, that's for dummies. Real men charge blindly into things. And for that matter, just wear any old clothes to tennis -- jeans are especially good, since you probably have...
  18. Amone

    How to find matches?

    Just started trying to get back into tennis (Which I've been saying in nearly every post I've made since I started posting again yesterday... maybe in a few days I'll stop advertising how much of a noob I am) and I was curious -- how do you guys find people to play with in your area? I know...
  19. Amone

    My serve and volley

    In my experience serving-and-volleying, a flat serve's not the best option. It does pressure your opponent, yes, but it doesn't give you as much time to get in, and your opponents return will probably be harder to get.
  20. Amone

    Minimalist footwear?

    I've been trying to get back into tennis the past couple days. I recently picked up some new athletic shoes and it was sunny out and I was bored. My question is this: How do you guys feel about minimalist footwear? My recent purchase was a pair of Nike Free 5.0s (They're so comfy! Like wearing...
  21. Amone

    Am I still too young to start learning the Kick?

    1) That's actually the advice I've received from every coach I've spoken to on the subject -- "throw it behind me." Maybe I internalized it too much? It's not so much persistent back pain as soreness that dissipates pretty rapidly when I'm not just hitting serves back to back. But that still...
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    Wow! Lead Tape really worked wonders.

    My best results, which I intend to repeat when I have my equipment settled and I get some way to reliably play, were going from around 8 to 4 around the top of the hoop. However, because I have absolutely no sense of scale, I ended up with an incredibly heavy 16-ish oz racquet that I absolutely...
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    What tennis racquet brand do you prefer?

    I've never bought a racquet by the same company twice. Well. I did buy 2 Head frames, if you count a $20 bargain bin frame that I got because my parents (rightly) believed that it was silly to spend $100+ on a sport I had never tried. Head something-or-other (even after I started caring about...
  24. Amone

    Whats this talk about Head's grip shape?

    That could have something to do with it, too. I've never really liked the western grip. Or the eastern, for that matter. I always felt most at home with the continental or semi-western on my forehand.
  25. Amone

    How to hit harder serves (Consistently)

    Hmm... That might be possible, I suppose. I can't say for sure. Luckily, I do have a tripod so I can at least try to get that. Figure I'll go out and hit serves every day, then tape it on Sunday (Would do Saturday, but they're not good for me). 3 things: 1) OWWW! My muscle memory's...
  26. Amone

    Yet another lead tape question...

    No, it won't. Your hits (IE, the results of the ball off your racquet) will be different*, but you most likely won't notice a significant difference as far as the feel of your swing. *It won't be much, for 5g.
  27. Amone

    What is the biggest tip for the forehand that most players don't use

    1) I regret to inform you that your avatar appears to contain Steve Vai, and not -- as your handle would lead me to believe -- Djokovic. 2) Are you referring to "laying back" of the wrist?
  28. Amone

    Am I still too young to start learning the Kick?

    I'm not very photogenic. My girlfriend took a camera to tennis practice, back when I was in high school. Took like, 40 photos, though not all of them of me. I came out looking like a mentally disabled person in almost every one of them (that I was in) -- the ones I didn't were things like...
  29. Amone

    Switching from 1HBH to 2HBH?

    It's funny -- I've always felt that the 1HBH creates much better pace, if you've got the muscle for it. I've hit with pretty much every combination of shot-types -- from contental forehands, to western, everything in between, 2 hands on both sides. It's been a while, though, so you'll have to...
  30. Amone

    Diablo Tour vs EXO3 Graphite

    No such thing! I'm a lead-tape junkie, and I have very odd ideas about what I'm comfortable with in a racquet. Getting a heavy frame just means more work getting it where I want it. (13-18 oz -- haven't gotten that down yet; 2-ish pts HH. Serve return machine.. you turn it on, and you get return...