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  1. Cindysphinx

    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    I have a long, sad history with my FH. It has never been any good, and I have taken much instruction and lots of practice. Still not getting it. For background, I changed to SW grip a few years ago, which was a good move. I am 59 (geez, where did the time go?), but reasonably fit. I play...
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    The shot you work on the most and still can't get right

    Oh, I feel like I've almost got it: My nemesis, my terrible and hideous FH. Since the day I started playing as a 2.5, my FH has been a hot mess. It had to be built from the ground up because pretty much every component was awful. I could never get it right. It seemed like everyone else...
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    Paging Jolly and S&V: I have so many questions!

    You remember that video you guys posted of yourselves playing doubles? Don't laugh, but I was unaware that there was more than one point! I watched the one point and thought, "Boy, it would be fun to watch more of that." Well, I just watched more of that. Here's the link, maybe: And I...
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    Well, It Looks Like I'm Going To Risk It

    For quite some time, I have avoided indoors around people but been fine being outdoors with people. Socially distant and outdoors is where I decided to land. Well, fall and winter league tennis is about to start organizing, so all of us in my area have to make a decision: Are we in for indoor...
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    Social Distancing Doubles?

    So exactly how is this going to work? During a doubles match, there can be times when partners get closer than six feet apart. Usually, it is a middle ball, a lob where both try for it, or drop shots where both people try to reach it. Racket clashes or even collisions happen. My feeling is...
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    Without Tennis, So Much Free Time . . .

    This lockdown has taught me something: I was spending an *enormous* amount of time on tennis. Now that there are no league matches, tennis lesson, practices, or social tennis AND no tennis to watch on TV, I have a tremendous amount of free time. I am spending that time reading books, and I...
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    . . . . and then a fight broke out, and I wasn't sure of the rule.

    I was playing mixed 8.0 in a tight second set. Partner was at net, I was at baseline, opposing guy was running down a short ball. He hits his shot to the baseline, and crashes into the net. Opposing guy says he touched the net after the ball was out of play, or bounced twice, or something...
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    I may have cracked the 8.0 mixed code (3.5/4.5 edition)

    I'm a 3.5 older lady, and 8.0 mixed has always been a huge challenge. I am not strong from the baseline, so I get overpowered. My volleys are good for my level, but they break down badly when faced with the pace and spin 4.0 and 4.5 guys can generate. I don't know my win percentage in 8.0...
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    My Local League Did Something Nice for Captains

    The league gave captains a gift certificate to TennisWarehouse for $25. I have to say, I really appreciate this. They usually give us two tickets to the CitiOpen, but I'm often not able to use the tickets. And maybe, just maybe, they'll give us those CitiOpen tickets also? I used the gift...
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    OK, Now the Nonsense Starts in the Parking Lot

    I played a match at an indoor facility (DMV folks, think Metroplex). For whatever reason, some genius decided to build it this facility with insufficient parking in a remote part of the county despite its location on a huge parcel of land. When I arrived for my match about 10 minutes ahead...
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    Should I Buy a Pure Drive Now?

    I have two old Pure Drives, and I recently learned one is cracked. My pro lent me the new PD, and it feels good. I was planning to buy two. But now I hear there will be a new one later this year. True? If so, should I hold off? Or maybe just buy one?
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    Singles Player Needs Advice

    One of my 3.5 singles players lost a match and is getting frustrated. It's the same old story: She has the better strokes, but she misses enough that she loses to a defensive player anyway. She has asked for my input. I don't know what I can add, really, as I don't play singles. I have not...
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    Do you know where your partner stands to serve?

    I serve from different spots along the baseline in doubles. There are many reasons why I set up closer to the hash or alley on a particular point. Sometimes, I will even set up in the alley to serve. But I have noticed something. My partners never even look to see where I am before I serve...
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    Being a League Coordinator Around Here Must Be Horrid

    Our winter season is about to start, so that's 40+(five courts), combo, ladies' day, and 18+ mixed. We play our matches at county facilities and whatever clubs are willing to rent time to the county, which organizes the leagues. Because it is winter and courts are in high demand, league gets...
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    Why Can't Tennis Players Agree on Much of Anything?

    I had a frustrating weekend of tennis. Just social matches with a variety of 3.5-4.0 people. Some teammates, some friends. And I left with a question: Why can't rec tennis players agree on the simplest things? In the course of a few days, I have been told that: The DTL player in a...
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    The Captain Confessional

    Hey, fellow captains. We all talk a lot about how hard captaining is, how players are the worst, yada yada yada. I'm wondering whether we have the stomach to admit to our own faults and past sins. A look in the mirror might not be a bad idea, right? I'll go first. I still feel a little bad...
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    What Do You Do When Someone Was Definitely Bumped Down In Error?

    I've never seen anything like this in league tennis. I just played a guy in 7.5 mixed combo (he is 3.5, his female partner is 4.0). He had a huge serve but inconsistent, messy footwork at times. But he had terrific volleys, great overhead, great transitions, good speed, could hang with my...
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    What Team Management Platform Should I Use?

    For the last few years, I have used TennisOne to captain my teams. I was never completely happy with it, but once you get 19 ladies all using the program you aren't thrilled about changing. Well, TennisOne is doing a major overhaul of its platform, so this would be a good time to re-think...
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    Stop Me Before I Sign Up For 8.0!

    Aw, geez. My old 8.0 mixed captain invited me to her 8.0 team. Which made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. See, I played 8.0 one or two seasons as a 3.5, then a few seasons as a 4.0. When I went back into the workforce, the first thing I dropped was 8.0 mixed. I'm bad at 8.0 mixed...
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    What's Your Sign?

    I had a bizarre experience in mixed the other night. My male partner (let's call him Bob) is a good player and good guy. No complaints there. But here's what happened. We lost the first set, and we were losing my serve spectacularly. Why? I was not handling the groundstrokes of either...
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    Line-Ups Are Written In Blood

    Just got back from sectionals, and yes, you guessed it, there was Drama. My 55+ team made it to sectionals (I am not the captain). Our lovely captain has been trying to get there for years, but could never make it past the Dynasty team that always wins the flight. Our captain was delighted...
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    Are these really signs of a bad tennis lesson?

    Essential Tennis had a podcast that listed five signs you're taking a bad tennis lesson (assuming the goal of the lesson is to improve). I agree on some, but, well . . . I think he's off the mark on a couple of them. They are: 1. Lesson tries to address a bunch of different problems rather...
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    Am I Wrong About Switching?

    I need you all to tell me if I'm wrong about something. Here's the situation. Typical doubles formation: Partner is at the baseline in the ad court. She hits a ball crosscourt to opponent at the baseline. Opponent throws up what I will call a "center lob". By that I mean, it is not over my...
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    Medvedev Is A Cyborg

    The man never got upset, never showed any emotion. That's Cyborg stuff. But the dead give-away? As we all know, Cyborgs don't have sweat glands. Medvedev played for hours in that humidity without *a hat, headband, or wrist bands.* Putting up a fight like that is inhumane, but then...
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    Do you know what shot you're going to hit?

    An odd situation came up today during a doubles practice match. My partner and I well into the match. Against one opponent (who had a weak serve), I had hit some service returns deep, and I had hit some short slice. Neither struck gold -- it was not obvious that one or the other kind of...
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    "Is a Ten-Foot Rope the Right Length for Me to Hang You?"

    I swear, I am going to lose it the next time someone tells me about a 10-foot rope being the key to doubles positioning. I was playing doubles with some 3.5 lady friends, all of whom are very experienced but take lessons from different pros. During breaks, discussions deteriorated into...
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    I Need A Birthday Goal

    I'm turning 60 in 2021. : pauses a moment to wonder where all that time went : I feel like I should pick a tennis-related goal to challenge myself. Trouble is, I can't think of anything. That's where you folks come in. Here's what I've thought of so far. 1. Try to become a 4.0. I could...
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    Would I be a monster if I bailed?

    One of my teams is going to sectionals. I am not looking forward to it and am thinking of bailing. One reason is that I have a work trip the week prior, so I would have to fly straight to sectionals from there. That means I would have to schlep all that extra stuff around *and* leave the work...
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    That's It. I'm Going on Strike.

    Last year, I captained tri-level (4.5/4.0/3.5). This year, I'm done. Out. Finished. Had it. A bit of background. Our leagues are run by the county, which secures court time at county facilities and private facilities. The county then puts out a schedule for all teams for the season...
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    I Wonder, Could I Beat Myself?

    Quick background: I was a 3.5 until 2011; became a 4.0 in 2012; was bumped back down to 3.5 in 2017. I am confident that my 2017 self would *destroy* my 2011 self if the two Cindys had a chance to play. The 2011 version was one-dimensional and moonballed everyone and everything, which...
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