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    4.0 Level Match Video and trying to get into 4.5

    @SoZ, I think you could certainly rate as a NTRP 4.5. The biggest difference I see and have experienced from the 4.0 versus the 4.5 level is the offensive ability of players starts to be more pronounced at the 4.5 level. This more offensive play may exhibit in very different forms- more...
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    FS: 2019 Yonex Vcore Pro 97 HD in L2

    @Ryanblessed Still available ?
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    Serve tips (video)

    I'm personally not a fan of really high balls tosses, but that doesn't mean it is wrong to use. It just means your toss is going to be more susceptible to wind, sun, and a bit harder to time because the ball is dropping farther. Ideally, I like to see about a 6 to 12 inch ball drop if someone is...
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    Some unforced errors

    @Curious There are multiple things going on, but I'm going to keep it very general. Your swing path on your forehand is very horizontal. The racquet does not drop below the ball much at all (if any) on most of your forehands. You have to get underneath the ball more to help you generate more...
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    Pro Kennex Ki Q+5 Pro

    I've demoed the racquet and used to play with the Pro Kennex Ki 5 (320) and used to play with Ki Q+ 5x (extended length version), so I'm familiar with their frames. It's a good frame, much softer feeling than the RA might make you believe (so don't be scared off by that if you are concerned...
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    Trying to make forehand a compact one

    @Curious I see a lot of improvement versus a video you posted several months ago. Keep it up!
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    Two handed backhand grip

    I think what you are describing is an eastern backhand grip for the dominant arm and eastern forehand for the non-dominant arm (western forehand grip = eastern backhand grip if you rotate the racquet over- you would wind up hitting on the same side of the racquet). This grip combination is...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I would have thought a multi at 4 lbs less would have been comparable and should provide ample pocketing and feel. I doubt the difference in the balance point is creating your spin issue, as that is most likely a function of possibly less swing speed from the higher static weight, and the...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I play with Vcore Pro HD and the Ezone DR. Regarding your experiences, the balance on the HD and DR are very similar. The DR does swing through the hitting zone a little easier, but I believe that's more the result of the 10 grams of less static weight of the DR versus the HD. This is most...
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    Shoes With Most Cushioning and comfort...

    Diadora Speed Blushield. If you like a bootie design and more snug fit, the Blushield Fly's are also very comfortable but slightly less so than the Speed Blushield.
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    Sec serve toss over my left schoulder in not natural and not consistent

    @toth Here are a few suggestions that are exclusive of each other. I would recommend you use the same toss for your first and second serve. If you are tossing the serve at 12 o'clock, there's no reason you should't be able to hit a proper kick serve from that ball toss position on a...
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    Half court tennis

    Yes, I have a buddy who had knee surgery and his movement was just too compromised to play singles effectively, but can play half court like this great. It's actually a great way to play if you want to hit a lot of balls. I've also changed it up where the returner still gets the double alleys on...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    @IowaGuy response above is spot on. In the case where the opponent has a weaker backhand, what ideally should happen is should be able to control the middle of the court by hitting inside out forehands to the backhand corner. You are still hitting over the low part of the net and you still are...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    Well, yes and no. Improving your serve will absolutely help you win more. The serve is the most important shot in the game. But even with a vastly improved serve, there's going to be a cap as to how much it can help you win against better overall players, as you have too many other skills...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    Whatever serve you use for your second serve is what I would practice with. From the video you hit a lot of what I call a kick-slice serve, which has topspin and some sidespin...which would be a perfectly good serve as a second serve if that is what you are most comfortable hitting. Just use...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    No, you definitely need to be playing matches and practicing. A good mix of both. Playing is where you really integrate what you have learned and execute it. Playing is how you learn to create a style of play that resonates with you. Playing and learning how to win is more useful than going out...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    There is a lot to be said for execution over form and technique. I do think a lot of people focus too much on form over the results. And a lot of players focus on items which are realtively minor to much larger weaknesses in their game (such as focusing on a stroke's form even though the player...
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    Need tension advice... Poly going to Gut/Poly

    I'd say 46 / 42. I don't think you need higher since you said you were wanting to drop tension in your old setup. The 1.30 natural gut mains are going to give you a bit denser string bed (assuming you were using 1.25 full bed PTP before), which should lower your launch angle a bit also. I don't...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    I'd recommend trying a natural gut / poly hybrid if you have not tried that yet. That has been by far my preferred setup so far. Probably would want to go with 1.25 mm natural gut mains, but you could try a thinner poly cross. This will open the spacing up a bit more, which will give a bIt...
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    Best of 3 sets (video)

    @Curious Your serve form looks very good. Your serve has some potential to really develop from the foundation that you have with it. I'd recommend practicing your placement more so that you are comfortable hitting the 3 general areas in each service box (wide, middle, and down the T). From the...
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    Tennis Elbow: 3 days on/4 days off vs. every other day ?

    Most likely tennis elbow would develop in either scenario over time if the frame, strings, and / or technique is causing stress on the tendons. If I had to pick one or the other, I would suspect the 3 days in a row would be more likely to cause a noticeable issue more quickly than the every...
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    Hybrid stringing and frame distortion

    My two Yonex HD frames all distort slightly when stringing. It was as mush a 4 mm in one racquet one one stringing, but I made some adjustments. Now it seems they are get slightly shrunk by about 2 to 3 mm of distortion. Slightly higher tension in the cross strings seemed to helped some, but it...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    That's really interesting. I guess the most important thing is that your measurements are consistent from frame to frame. Here is a link to another tennis shop that tested the yonex Vcore Pro 97HD. His results seem to be more inline with TW specs. I wonder if there's just some slight...
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    Yonex VCore Pro 97 HD review...

    How did you measure the swingweight? I have a very hard time believing the HD frame has a swingweight that high. Perhaps you meant the static weight? 338 grams strung static weight would be right in line with what you might expect depending on type of string and gauge used (TW published specs...
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    Got the New EZONE 2020 and 1HBH Update on my Game!

    I think the one hander and two hander each have advantages and disadvantages. No need to hash that out here. Yes, of course, a one hander can be more of a weapon than a two hander (and vice versa). It's a matter of finding the best fit for the player and developing the stroke. Too many people...
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    Got the New EZONE 2020 and 1HBH Update on my Game!

    For only 3 months into the one hand backhand, I think it looks extremely solid. I think as you gain more and more confidence in hitting it, you will start feeling more freedom to really crank it. You certainly swing at it now, but I think you've got the potential to make it a weapon versus just...
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    Please help my son with his backhand!

    What exactly is his issue he is having? Is he mishitting balls, not getting enough spin, not enough pace, depth control is poor, bad timing, missing wide, being rushed, etc...? More information might would be more helfpul, as his overall stroke mechanics look very good. It appears in these two...
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    Please critique my strokes!

    @ztennisp123 I've watched several of your videos focusing more on the forehand side. Certainly it's a good stroke, but it looks very mechanical. It seems to me something is going on from the take back to the forward swing that is disconnected. In your unit turn, you are using that more modern...
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    Recommendation for cross string

    I'm late responding to your post, but I suspect you are going to have the same durability issues with any non-poly cross string you use with Ultra Cable. Ultra Cable has sharp edges, and it's going to really dig into any softer cross string. If you are truly wanting a setup where you want the...
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