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    Ask ProTennisCoach- Gilbert, Annacone, Cahill, Rasheed

    Tennis IQ Among active players, who do you feel has the highest tennis IQ? Could an argument be made that the homogenization of the sport diminished the value of having a high tennis IQ? Do you think that limiting racquet and string technology, as Johnny Mac has suggested (perhaps...
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    Ask ProTennisCoach- Gilbert, Annacone, Cahill, Rasheed

    10,000 hour rule In your experience, how well does the 10,000 hour rule hold up? What is the oldest that you've seen an individual pick up the game and manage to become a professional? Physical limitations would seem to limit a man or woman's ability to play singles past a certain age, but are...
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    Was I a hard-hitting 3.5 when I was 15?

    In your story, the 145 lb guy didn't wrestle in the super-heavyweight class. He wrestled one weight class up. That's significant, but not all that uncommon. I wrestled up on a few occasions, and so did some of my other team mates, if our coach felt it made sense. I wrestled for five years...
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    Was I a hard-hitting 3.5 when I was 15?

    So you gave up a 110 lb weight advantage and had no knowledge of wrestling technique, but you out wrestled the city champ? Having wrestled myself, I could believe your story if you were the city wrestling champ and you beat a novice 110 lbs heavier than you, but the reverse simply ain't gonna...
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    Specialising in one area or being an all-rounder?

    If you get more enjoyment out of rallying versus playing games, that's totally cool. But tennis is defined by specific rules, and an individual that avoids that structure is, by definition, not playing tennis. Personally, I think you're missing out on many of the rewarding aspects of the game if...
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    Yann Auzoux footwork system: Who uses Crossing step

    Here's some slow-mo footage of Nadal doing drop steps, crossover steps, whatever you want to call them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTpRr_1r0aE
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    Drop Shot (Serve)

    The development of a proper serve is a rite of passage, and it involves suffering through short-term pain (not so short-term in my case; it took two years to get to a place where I feel somewhat confident serving) for long-term gain. It's great that you've committed to the continental grip. So...
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    For anyone who still thinks wta pro can't handle 5.0 serves

    lol. Rocky, is that really you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHdpyvayAcw Only the one set of deadlifts, eh? That's weak. I guess some allowances have to be made for getting old. Still, it might be a good idea to call Micky up. He'll get you off that Kenyan marathon training BS.
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    5.0 Male Player vs Date Krumm

    Where are you getting your figures from? I would love to get specific details on the top ATP players' training regimens. Yeah, I know. Put Ronnie Coleman, Lou Ferrigno or Hossein Rezazadeh on a tennis court and they would easily be scoring double bagels over any tennis professional, WTA or...
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    5.0 Male Player vs Date Krumm

    Hey now. Just because I live in my parents' basement and spend all my time on the internet doesn't make me any less of an athlete. I'll have you know that I belong to an elite WoW guild and just this morning I completed a level 80 raid on the Lich King's citadel, thank you very much!
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    5.0 Male Player vs Date Krumm

    Being "well-built" doesn't really help on the tennis court. Past a certain point, bigger muscles become a burden during long rallies. Also, being well-built doesn't have a direct correlation with generating power, since power in tennis is about the ability to generate force over a short time...
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    Designing weekly challenges

    This season I was the captain for a ~3.0-3.5 team. The season is over, but I'd like to come up with some weekly skill based challenges that will encourage team members to work on their skills in a purposeful way. The idea being that the challenge winners will get bragging rights and possibly...
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    Struggling to actually compete at tennis

    haha. You sound like you want to be Monfils. I think some people are more wired to be aggressive than others. Instead of trying to be something you're not, why don't you try continuing to use personal challenges to keep the game interesting for yourself but at the same time, that will help...
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    What should be ruled a hindrance?

    What sorts of actions from the returner would be deemed a hindrance to the server? Some examples: Would stomping your feet loudly be considered a hindrance? How about running loudly towards the net (squeaking your shoes) as the server is in mid-motion? Waving your racquet wildly?
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    How to deal with your doubles partner if he ...

    It sounds like you have different outlooks and different approaches to tennis. If he isn't interested on working on his net game to become a more offensive player, you'll need to accept that or find a more compatible partner. I would suggest talking it out with him and explaining what you're...
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    Topspin Volleys Vs Backspin Volleys

    A topspin volley would be a swinging volley. You can go for if you have time to set up for it. You'd generally hit it as a putaway shot. The benefit of the backspin volley is that it keeps the ball low which forces the other player to hit up, giving you opportunities for the overhead or the high...
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    Doubles strategies for partners of disparate skill levels?

    Thanks for the replies. These are helpful, and there seems to be a general consensus that 1-up, 1-back works best in this scenario. So what do you do when the weaker player serves or has to return? Do you play double back and ask the weaker player to move to net? How do you get them to...
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    Doubles strategies for partners of disparate skill levels?

    Say you have a 3.0 and a 4.0 playing together. What formations, strategies or tactics tend to work best? Are there any simple things that the 3.0 can be taught to do in a relatively short amount of time, so that they can be an asset to the team rather than a liability? The 4.0 is fit and has...
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    Source of motivation when playing with pushers

    My pusher friend is a nice guy and he doesn't care about playing psychological games or making me feel stupid. He plays the way he plays because his technique doesn't enable him to play aggressively and win. He has a short takeback and he doesn't know how to create topspin, so hitting with pace...
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    Source of motivation when playing with pushers

    Just one other thing to add: If ripping tennis balls and running side-to-side is what motivates you, that's totally okay. Just stick to playing with your buddies and avoid pushers and you won't have to deal with the disappointing losses. But what you're really doing is the same thing that many...
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    Source of motivation when playing with pushers

    A good way to approach losses is to make an honest appraisal of why you lost. This is easier said than done because ego can get in the way or you may lack the knowledge and competence to identify what you did (or didn't do) that caused you to lose (see Dunning-Kruger effect). The key thing is to...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    If losing to pushers demotivates you, then how motivated can you truly be? I have a "real" pusher buddy that I play every week. Sometimes I lose to him and it gives me a reality check. But I've been working on rounding out my game. I've learned to push him back with deep shots followed by...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    Interesting thoughts. It seems like the natural progression, if you're a pusher, is to become a counterpuncher or an all-courter. A basher, provided they can develop some level of patience, would probably become an aggressive baseliner. I recall reading that Almagro used to hit the ball as hard...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    If I were going to characterize the mindset of the stereotypical pusher and the stereotypical basher it would be as follows: Pusher: Okay Pusher! Don't lose this point! Don't lose the game! Basher: I'm going to bash the hell outta this ball and win this point right NOW! I have a friend...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    Haha! You know, I never noticed that. Ah well.
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    Do you go for broke on every shot, or do you wait for the right opportunity to rip it? Do you produce a lot of unforced errors by hitting with flat groundstrokes? What motivates you when you're playing? Hitting the perfect shot?
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    My feeling is that learning how to hit shots with pace, while keeping the ball in play, requires a more advanced level of technique and footwork. At the lower level, ball bashers try to rip the ball even when they are out of position or on the defensive which is why they have so many unforced...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    At the lower rec levels you see both extremes: pushers that are content to keep the ball in play and wait for their opponents to make mistakes vs. ball bashers that think they're better than they are, and try to go for broke on every shot. Neither mindset is conducive to great tennis, but which...
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    Better to hit the serve on the rise or on the drop?

    I'm not sure why a high toss would be a good thing. It's problematic in windy conditions. It can create a hitch in your swing. Jim McLennan has a video where he talks about how you should toss the ball into the swing as opposed to swinging at the toss. The idea being that you should have a...
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    NTRP 0 to 5 in a year? Is that possible?

    The conventional wisdom is that you need to put in 10,000 hours of quality practice to master a complex skill. How much quality practice do you think you can manage, day-in day-out? I think 2 hours is realistic; 4 hours is really stretching it; and 6 hours is impossible because practice quality...
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