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  1. richardc-s

    Max squat and deadlift

    Just thought I would put up videos of my recent max squat and deadlift... I think I had more in me on both lifts ;) In my efforts to get stronger I've certainly gone past the point of usefulness for tennis. I'm now 252lbs / 114kg (5ft11) and the main thing I notice when playing tennis is...
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    Dunlop Max 200G string options

    Recently got an unstrung Max 200G and fitted Wilson Sensation Control @ 50lbs to see how it played. Turns out I love the racket! I've now hit with it for around 4 hours, but the strings have now really started to loosen up and now play like c**p! So the question is what to string it with...
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    Restring crosses in gut hybrid

    Always string my racket with VS gut mains and Alu Power Rough crosses. Today I tried Pro Hurricane Tour crosses and after 1.5 hours of play I have decided I hate it! I felt like I couldn't generate spin at all. As the gut is only 1.5 hours old, would it be ok to cut out the crosses and just...
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    Shoes to fit with ankle brace

    Hi all, I am coming back from spraining my ankle playing tennis and I will be wearing an ankle brace from now on. The one I have is the same type Murray uses, the Aircast A60. I tried it it out today and the brace feels good, however it made my current shoes feel tight and uncomfortable. I...
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    Foam filling and modifying a racket

    After reading a few threads about DIY foam filling a racket, I decided to give it a go. How hard could it be?! So I started with my 15 year old Babolat Drive Z Tour Zylon, which was the very first racket I played with. Its specs are truly horrible so I didn't mind if I ruined it with the foam...
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    Critique my new 2HB

    NEW VIDEOS POST #27 Hello all, following on from my other thread.... https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/2hb-dominant-arm-role.611124/ I have just switched from a 1HB to a 2HB. I filmed my current progress and would appreciate some feedback from anyone who knows anything about...
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    2HB dominant arm role

    Hello all, I have just changed from a 1HB to a 2HB and I am having difficulties figuring out the role off my dominant hand. I'm LEFT handed so I am calling my left arm the dominant one. I understand that my right arm does most of the work (like a right handed forehand) but unsure what the left...
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    Tips and advise for my groundstrokes

    Hello all, below is a video of me rallying with my dad and I would be grateful if you could take a look and give me some honest/brutal feedback as to what I can improve on. In the video we are aiming to keep the ball going with moderate pace and consistency. Nothing flash, just a consistent...
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    Prince Phantom 100

    Racket: Prince Phantom 100. Grip Size: L4. Quantity: 1. Head Size: 100. Condition (x out of 10): 9.5. Specific Time Used: 3 hours on indoor carpet courts. General Description: Racket is in excellent condition, not a single mark on the frame or head guard. Wilson tan leather grip has been...
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    PS85 feel but with a little more power

    Hi all, like everybody else I am after a racket recommendation.... I currently use a re-issue Wilson PS85 strung with gut @ 50lbs. I love the plowthrough and stability, however I dislike that any shot hit slightly off centre will have no 'oomph' to it. If the shot is perfectly timed it is a...
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    Slice Serve Critique

    Hello all, I was hoping to get some advice on how to improve my serve. Below are two videos, one shot from behind and the other from the side: This is my 'consistent' slice first serve which I can land probably 75% of the time. I also have a flat first serve but it lacks consistency to use...
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    Angell TC95 320g

    Grip Size: L3 Quantity: 1 Condition (x out of 10): 9.5 / 10 Specific Time Used: About 20 hours General Description: Racket has no scratches or chips in the paint, only very faint scuffs on the bumper. Racket has only ever been used on indoor carpet courts. I have always used an overgrip to...
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    Alu Power Rough lifespan

    I'm currently using gut mains and Alu Power Rough crosses in my TC95. The mains are strung at 55lbs and the crosses at 52lbs. It played very nicely at first but now after 12 hours I can feel a distinct difference. My shots seem to be lacking spin and shooting longer than usual. The gut is...
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    Which gut and poly combo?

    Hi guys, I have just got an Angell TC95 which seems very nice. I have strung it with Wilson Champions Choice, which is Wilson gut and Luxilon Alu Power Rough. I have got the gut in the mains at 55lbs and poly in the crosses at 52lbs. I like these strings and want to stay with a gut poly combo...
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    Gut in mains or crosses?

    I know this subject has been done to death but I thought another thread wouldn't hurt ;) I currently use a PS85 (re-issue) strung with Babolat gut @ 55lbs. I have just purchased a new set of strings to replace them with, Wilson Champion's choice. These consist of Wilson gut and Luxilon Alu...
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    Switching from Pure Aero to PS85

    At the request of BreakPoint I have decided to share my experience when it came to switching from a modern tweener to an old school players racket. The rackets in question... Babolat Pure Aero 300g unstrung 100" head Swing weight 327 4pt HL (unstrung) Stiffness 69 Strung with various poly's @...
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    Grommet set for APD original

    Hi guys, does anyone know if the below grommet set will fit in an original Aero Pro Drive? http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/Babolat_AeroPro_Drive_Drive_Lite_Jr_White_Grommet/descpageQDF-BAPDMGWH.html If not, does anyone know where I can get some? I'm going to be painting my old APD and...
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    Video of ground strokes

    Hello all! Below is a video of a hitting session I had this morning.... We were just rallying off both wings as I wanted to get a video that showed my ground strokes in general. The hitting wasn't taken too seriously but I think it gives a true representation of my stroke technique and (lack...
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    Racket to replace Babolat Pure Aero?

    Hi guys, I currently use a Babolat Pure Aero but I'm contemplating changing rackets. I've always used 'tweeners', nearly always Babolat's weighing around 300g with a head size of around 100''. I'm 25 years old, very fit and do a lot of weight training so I know I'm more than capable of using a...
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    Wearing hole in side of shoe

    Hi guys, I'm after a bit of advise... My tennis shoes are about 4 months old and I've shredded a nice hole in them. Problem is, I don't know what I am doing in my game to make this hole! I'm left handed and the hole is wearing on the inside of the right shoe. Does anyone have any ideas...
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    Tensions for hybrid setup

    I have just got a new hybrid string set up but I am slightly confused as to how I should string them... I have Babolat Pro Xtreme (poly) for the mains and Babolat SG Spiraltek (synthetic gut) for the crosses. The reason I am stringing them this way around is so that they last a bit longer as I...
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    Strings for bad elbow

    Hi guys, I've got golfers elbow so I'm in need of some elbow friendly strings... I use a Babolat Pure Aero and it was originally strung with RPM Blast at 55lbs. I loved how the strings performed but it played havoc on my elbow! I then changed to Mantis Comfort Synthetics strung at 55lbs. These...
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    Indoor carper court

    Random question... I only ever play on an indoor carpet court and was wondering how the ball bounces compared to other courts. Particularly the kick serve... Will a kick serve kick higher or lower on a carpet court?
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    My Dads serve

    My Dad is looking to improve his serve, has anyone got any basic pointers for him? He serves 99% slice serves as he struggles to flatten them out. They are very consistant but lack pace, probably sitting in the 70-90mph range. He's had the same serve for 50 years so changing will be hard for...
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    No depth to forehand

    After playing this morning I have come to the conclusion my forehand is dropping far too short and because of the topspin its teeing up for my opponents! I hit with heavy topspin and a SW grip, I can see the spin pulling the ball back down but always dropping it down around the service box...
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    Babolat Pure Drive and elbow pain

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum so I'll give a little background about myself! I'm 24YO and used to play a lot of tennis as a teenager with an original Babolat APD. I got back into tennis about a year ago and have been playing with a 2012 Pure Drive with Cortex. The racquet is strung with...
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