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  1. FightMeAtTheNet

    No money in tennis outside of top 200

    To the OP: There may not be much money in tournament winnings of an ATP player, but what about earnings potential of a top 300 tennis coach - or even top 3,000? I'd imagine most players who've earned some points on the tour could do quite well as coaching pros or maybe even a head coach of a...
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    Defense, Thy Name is De Minaur

    Racquet head speed, thy name is Nadal.
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    HAWK EYE FOR RECREATIONAL COURTS: no more cheating:

    There's a thread about In/Out in the equipment forum. I have one myself, you can easily adjust so that lights are fully turned off, and sounds are only made when a ball lands out. You can also have only a red light and no beep when a ball is out. The bigger issue is accuracy of calls...
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    Maximagq on the East Coast

    That same guy, "Skeet0rz" has some highlights of indoor court play and you can see his groundstrokes and serves can patch some punch. However keep in mind in the video you put up, Skeet0rz's first opponent had a UTR rating of 12, and won 6-0, 6-2. So while Matt and Skeet0rz may be of the...
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    Hitting basic volleys into the net in doubles

    Are you dumping volleys into the bottom of the net or shanking them upon impact? Or are you just hitting the tape/few inches beneath the tape? It makes sense that for most people, volleys off approach shots or poaches are easier to handle than those made standing at net. 1. An approach shot...
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    Any tips on watching the ball?

    While I don't doubt age, older eyes, and glasses are shankshot multipliers, I think the biggest multiplier is ball speed before contact. Trying to hit big on the rise, when the ball hasn't slowed down at the peak of it's bounce yet, always brings out the shanks. Similarly when I'm off balance...
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    In/Out Device

    Honestly he probably should have just made the in/out default order cost $500 for two cameras and two tripods and not give the option of just one dangling on the net. I can’t speak for anyone else but I’ve had zero battery problems itself, just that the battery life display being inaccurate...
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    In/Out Device

    Looks like essential tennis did a whole video on the in/out. I think it says something that the inventor is still out there pushing his product. The video shows two in out devices being used for singles, and seems like he’s really pushing out the types of data the device can try to capture...
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    Is Roger Federer more better than a 5.0 woman...

    In terms of how it would look to a bystander, yeah probably. Federer facing 5.0 female = Looks like a professional beating up on another professional 4.0 male facing 3.0 female = Looks like an amateur beating up on another amateur 5.0 male facing 4.0 female = Professional beating up on amateur...
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    Anyone else hate playing doubles ?

    I said all else being equal, which implied same playing time on court. If a player is able to develop better groundstrokes, serves, and returns while hitting half as many shots (or in the case groundstrokes, less than half), than they are clearly doing something wrong when playing singles...
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    Anyone else hate playing doubles ?

    I don't hate playing doubles but it's certainly more enjoyable when there's consistency in your partner, and there is some minimum skill level (i.e. hitting a ground stroke to the net guy should not result in a free point for ground stroke team). Playing doubles as part of a clinic typically...
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    In/Out Device

    With the latest update, it seems like the detection is quite good. Court detection works on the first try almost every time and with serving practice, it detects 95% of my serves. Note that I did keep it on a tri-pod rather than above the net post when I recently tested it. The problem with...
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    The Ideal Career

    I’m curious to hear the thoughts of older coaches who lived through the GFC or dot com bubble. I imagine during recessions, extra-curricular like tennis lessons/clinics are the first thing to get slashed on a family budget. Teaching tennis as a financially independent person (retired...
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    How many of you split step?

    This video does a good job of explaining the different types of split steps and a correlation between split step height vs distance to net, which really may just be a barometer of distance to opponent’s contact point.
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    Can you call a let on an adjacent court?

    I personally don't like it when a point is interrupted, so I wouldn't call a let if someone's ball rolled on the court while in the middle of groundstrokes. Likewise, if my ball darts over to your court and it's within both players' field of vision, I won't give any audio cues and assume you...
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    Speed guns, hawkeye, Playsight, et. al.

    I have the in/out device. It’s quite flaky on calls, maybe only acknowledging 80% of total shots which is nowhere near match readiness. There are also times where it will make a clearly wrong call as well as a clearly incorrect mph reading on serves. I actually took it for a spin on serve...
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    The "Play your big strokes" (and lose 6-0 6-0) support group.

    I mostly play as a sub for a 4.0 team in central CT and have done a few USTA 4.0 tournaments in the past. I don't live or work anywhere near Norwalk but have considered making a trip out there when visiting family in the New Haven area. Have you tried the playsight there?
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    The "Play your big strokes" (and lose 6-0 6-0) support group.

    Lower CT. http://www.intensity.club/playsight/
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    Could you beat either one of these 70 yr olds? (Full match highlights)

    I watched the rest of the first set including the comeback and agree that after 3 games they both raised their levels. Brent moves extremely well for a 70 year old. Taking the full set into account I can definitely see 4.5. Even at my prior rating of strong 4.0, they'd probably beat me but...
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    Could you beat either one of these 70 yr olds? (Full match highlights)

    That's my opinion as well, although video certainly slows the game down. But looking at the type of unforced errors they make and their overall consistency they'd make them, I'd say they may be 4.0 if their tactics are quite good. I've played in 4.0 tournaments and play 4.0 matches as a sub in...
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    More important: Serve or Return?

    The server knows where he wants to go with the serve, as well as from what space he will be hitting the ball. The returner knows where he wants to go with the return, but only has minor cues to pick up on to read where the ball might be prior to his shot. On top of that, at the rec level, it's...
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    Mystery of pronation on serve

    Just skimmed through this thread, but based on the videos in OP, Djoker is definitely pronating after contact, his swing path and follow through is just a bit different than Isner’s. I think Ian’s video here breaks it down pretty well. I also feel Tomaz does a good job explaining how the...
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    Kick serve

    The trickiest part of the kick serve is always the swing path. Everything else in your body preparation might be correct but if you're swinging forward it'll ruin the kick. I always try to imagine it like a windshield wiper forehand, but snapping my wrist in reverse. Try to practice a kick...
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    Saying your "sorry" !?

    One difference I noticed between college/pros and casual/rec is how often doubles teammates will encourage or high five/fist bump each other after each and every point, regardless of how it went down. I just shank a return of serve? Partner and I fist bump. Partner just double faulted on game...
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    Depth and height over the net...

    I suppose it is a semantics thing, but I don't consider directing a deep topspin shot as an attacking shot on my part. I'm simply aiming for a specific area of the court and hoping he coughs up a short ball on his backhand, or at least something with less pace and depth than before.
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    Depth and height over the net...

    To me a neutral ball is one that I can dictate and go on the offensive with. Assuming it's down the middle, I'd almost always try to hit an inside out forehand heavy topspin to the opponent's backhand, expecting to hopefully get something short. Approximately would shoot for 4 feet over the net...
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    We Need To Come To An Agreement: Balls On Changeover

    It would be an appeal to authority if I were trying to convince you that keeping balls where they are is the correct way of handling the changeover. However, my video was in response to kevrol's post and provide a video example of what I've always seen at tournaments and matches. Doesn't mean I...
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    We Need To Come To An Agreement: Balls On Changeover

    I suppose here are two adult ATP pro players acting passive aggressive as well? If you watch enough competitive high level tournaments, both of adults and youth, you’ll see players don’t pick up stray balls and place them on the hash nor bring them to the bench during changeovers. Players...
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    We Need To Come To An Agreement: Balls On Changeover

    I suppose a large part is when and how you become culturally ingrained into the sport. Against most of the young guys I play against, it's no big deal at all to leave balls lying around (as long as you know the other guy is coming to your side of the court to serve). I initially started...
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    We Need To Come To An Agreement: Balls On Changeover

    Is it bad etiquette to not fetch balls in a corner or by the back tarp when switching over after your serve? I've never played in a ladder/league but have done a few tournaments (both USTA sanctioned and informal local ones). In every tournament, both players have typically just handed over...
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