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  1. Cindysphinx

    Poll: have you played in a mask, and if so, how did it go?

    I am quickly gaining experience with this topic. In my county, the requirement is to wear a mask while playing indoors at county facilities. "Youth" are exempt, and anyone with a "medical condition" that precludes wearing a mask is exempt. The result of this has been chaos. In one of my...
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Diadora Speed Blushield 4

    OK, Here's my review: Tennis experience/background: I've been playing for about 15 years, having started as a complete beginner (2.5). I peaked at 4.0 and am currently a 3.5. I play only doubles nowadays, usually playing with friends or USTA league. Describe your playing style (i.e. serve &...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    When I was kind of building my S&V game, I developed a kick serve for S&V. Now, let's tamp down expectations here. This was not an Isner kick serve. It wasn't hitting the ground and going over anyone's head. But it was slower and landed deeper and had modest topspin. The result is I had...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    Are people really that frightened? Well, the other women on this thread can speak for themselves. I will tell you a story that illustrates the gender disparity in how men and women view issues of personal safety. I was out with my adult son and daughter while we were on vacation in a foreign...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    Well, you folks who claim these big serve speeds that don't match your computer rating understand the skepticism, right? I mean, if you really own a serve that is way above level that no returner can handle, I don't see how that happens. Like, if I had a serve like a 4.5 woman or 4.0 guy, how...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    I . . . I mean . . . do you have daughters? Would you advise your daughter to rely on her "creep-dar" to determine whether a guy is a creep or a threat? Gosh, I hope not. Predators are often successful precisely because they can outwit a person's "creep-dar." Sure, meet in public places...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    And being closer to net is much more intimidating when you know the ball will be coming faster. It feels safer to play off the net to have more reaction time. That is true, but also makes you easier to pass or target.
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    Tennis Warehouse Playtest: Diadora Speed Blushield 4

    Ho, boy. I'm in!! I am so excited!!! I have wanted for a long time to find something better than what I am wearing now, and my feet are a mess. I had pf so bad at one point that I ruptured the pf in my left foot. Meanwhile, my right foot has had a series of pf episodes PLUS bone spurs in...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    Must be a guy thing. I think the women here will tell you they won't meet a strange guy alone, anywhere, for any reason. Or maybe I should say "the surviving women."
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    A couple of things. Poor volleyers often hug their alley. That means they are already in the correct position if you serve wide. Second, if the returner is going to target my partner, let's at least make them change direction of their return. If the serve is wide -- especially if the...
  11. Cindysphinx

    What do you do in a competitive match?

    When a ball hits the player on the fly, I would take the point. I prefer to enforce the rules when it is to my advantage and also when it is to my disadvantage. Because I am consistent about it, I do not feel guilty. I might cut someone a break when they were clearly trying to stop a ball...
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    Avoid MyTennisLessons

    I do not understand this at all. If you need a coach around here, you can call the various clubs and tennis facilities. All but the most posh facilities will let a non-member take instruction. Why would I want to go through some sketchy middle-man to take lessons from a person who might be...
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    How to serve if partner has forgotten how to volley?

    Absolutely, definitely do not serve middle. Instead, tell your partner you're going to serve wide and be sure to "cover her alley." This will ensure she is ready in case the returner tries to pass her DTL, and it will discourage her from lunging at a middle ball. Then serve wide and follow...
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    Etiquette on Hitting Serves that are out

    Here's how you tell. If a returner hits every out serve, she doesn't know the rule or doesn't wish to abide by it. These people exist. I have a doubles partner who tees off on Every Single Serve. I have seen her T off on serves well into the doubles alley. Serves that hit the net, bounce...
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    4.5: Josh v Scott

    Dang, you’re a young 54. Would have guessed 40s.
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    Why I'm so bad at the Swinging Volley

    I think I volley well, but there is a place for a swing volley in ladies tennis. I think people miss because they try to crush it, you’re already well inside the court, so all you need is placement. I can hit it, but the main threat in ladies doubles is the lob, so I do much better with a...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Omg. I did it. I had (yet another) lesson yesterday, and it felt a lot better. But hitting ok off of feeds is one thing. What would happen in a match? I played doubles today, and I decided I would focus on one thing: weight to the front knee. Huge improvement! I hit drives to the...
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    4.5: Josh v Scott

    Another fun video! Thanks for posting. My feedback is that I wish I had your silky hands.
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Um. Yeah. That describes me perfectly. And it is a real bear to fix. I am not giving up on this. I have to figure it out.
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    Tennis in DC?

    I'm a mess. Still got achilles tendonitis. Trying to arrange wrist surgery. It's gonna be a while.
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Regarding teams disbanding . . . it looks like captains polled their players about whether they were willing to play (1) indoors, and (2) wearing masks. Only our 7.5 ladies combo team had enough people agree to play to field a team. Alas, no other 7.5 ladies combo team registered, even though...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Will do. This is going to be interesting. All four of my USTA teams disbanded because Covid. That frees up budget for weekly private lessons. I plan to devote these lessons from now until March on FH. I will also play social marches 2-3 times a month, but I will only work on other things...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Yeah, I was having trouble getting my FH slice/chip to work on the deuce side. I subsequently learned that I was Doing It All Wrong. I was trying to get it deep and crosscourt, which is an issue if the serve is wide. It was going right to the net person. When I changed my target to be no...
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    Tips for first time captain ...

    Well, you won't have options about who plays what line in Tri! :) Regarding whether the undefeated team played its strongest players at various positions . . . maybe. But my experience is that when a team is very strong, it doesn't much matter who plays what position. But yeah, sure. Mix...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    I had a lesson this morning, and I didn't say anything to the pro about open stance. Instead, I decided to focus hard on hitting off my front foot, swinging toward the target, and giving myself enough space. There is still much work to be done, but it is already much better. I think the...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Hmmm. I hadn't intended to sound snarky. I don't understand why I'm getting this type of response. . . .
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    A couple of things. You've all diagnosed me correctly without even seeing me hit. Impressive, that. I do have a FH slice -- it's the only way I can survive in mixed -- but I would not want to have it be my only FH. One needs to use the right tool for the job, and sometimes a slice is not...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Yeah, um. I habitually get too close to the ball, so I don't have enough space to swing out freely with proper weight transfer. I don't bend my front (left) knee enough. Part of this is habit, but part of it is that I have had two surgeries on my left knee. It feels fine, but I think I still...
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    Enough Is Enough: Should I Switch to Open Stance FH?

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. By open, I mean semi-open to open, depending on situation. I suspect I am semi-open at times already, like when running wide, but I never intend to hit open. By "pro," I mean the guy who works at a club and teaches me. I'm talking about baseline shots. For...
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    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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