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    Can someone explain the base clamp terminology?

    base clamp I have a Eagnas 911 machine and do a moderate amount of stringing - not a huge amount. One of the spring assisted swivel clamp bases is a problem - difficult to adjust and probably needs to be replaced. Suggestions.
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    Trying to work out my NTRP raking, thoughts?

    Although I would agree with the last few posters, there are some who can pick up the sport quickly especially if they have had experience in other sports like lacrosse, hockey, etc. I've had some who after a month or two can play at a fairly competitive level - in the 3's.
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    How many of you can watch the ball all the way to the stringbed?

    Well, I think most have concluded that we see only 20 - 30 frames per second. I often place quite a few balls on the court, several feet apart, to try to indicate this.
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    Tips for a higher ball toss?

    Good answer. In regards to your first point (lift speed) I tell players that the ball shouldn't be going any faster prior to the release than after.
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    Question for the Coaches

    Well, this is certainly an area that does depend on the age & skill level of the players; court position when lobed; how effective one's overhead skills are; etc. With older/mature players, I seldom encourage that they back petal for safety reasons - I've seen too many injuries and know of...
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    Ideal toss height?

    Yeah, I agree with Dave. Lower toss (hate that term (toss) but everyone uses it) also makes servers rush the entire motion in most instances - some make it work but it certainly has its drawbacks. 6" above the extended racquet is good for most that stay glued to the court.
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    Has Anyone Tried This?

    This product has been around for years and its inventor/distributor was a regular poster here. The product looks a little funny, creates inquires about being legal (which it is), is easy to install using overgrip, lightweight and actually works (at least to some extent). I tried it for a short...
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    return of serve drill

    Well, although Lee has contributed much to this forum, I have to disagree with his assessment of this kind of drill that many of us have used for some time. First, its a lot easier on us, as coaches, to serve from the service line for practice - although serving from the baseline is "probably"...
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    USPTA Exam question

    First of all, you should check with Vickie at USPTA to make sure of anything else you hear/read. Its my understanding that one can re-take certain sections of the exam after certain times have passed - again, check and make sure of these time constraints. Its also my understanding that there...
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Yes, good post and your correct.
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    What is wrong with this picture

    OK, so your seeing this "mostly" as a continuous motion without any pause - I think that makes sense. Many times this is where a hitch occurs & too often results in a take-back way too early.
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    What is wrong with this picture

    No, I'm guite sure its not you. I was referring to the slot position just prior to starting the forward swing.
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Interesting discussion. How do you guys address getting the racquet into the slot too early? I don't like the racquet back too early and "sometimes" find that players see this as the "waiting" position. I see this position, as some have already said, more as one of the many "dots" that have...
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    Help me improve my backhand

    Actually, it looks pretty good and I would also like to see a little more weight transfer - its there but not enough. Racquet path angle probably is a factor (think Lee pointed it out) - hard to say without seeing how the ball goes. Your hitting from fairly deep so the racquet path might be...
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Really like this post - well thought out and presented.
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Well, this is a good observation on your part. With the younger kids its more impoartant IMO, to keep the elbow tight - prevents arm injury and get them out of potential bad habits or habits they can't control. Most will find that keeping the elbow tight will give them a more consistent shot...
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Not that you asked me either but what I tell players, learing the stroke, is to let the elbos ride the ribs through the stroke - like just about everything, its really not what happens but an effective visual.
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    Coaching tennis?

    Well, although I would certainly agree that there is plently of information available through the web, books, DVD's, magazines, etc, its one thing to understand something intellectually and quite another to put it into practice. Many players know how the basics of stroke mechanics but simply...
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    Coaching tennis?

    You can but depending on the type of coaching your looking for will depend on materials, classes, certifications, references, background check you'll need. Schools generally will demand excellent references and require you attend/pass various courses. Tennis clubs will also require references...
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    Coaching tennis?

    Actually, I enjoy the process as a HS coach. Sure, there are times when things get a little wacky but that goes with the territory - like any job there are ups and downs but I love it. Some programs are rather small, ours is very large. I also do a Middle School program that is rather large...
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    What is wrong with this picture

    Yeah, your right but assuming a ball is being hit and received perpendicular to net, he's basically correct. If the toes are perpendicular to net, in the above situation, one would be in a neutral stance. If the front toe is beyond perpendicular quite a bit, to the hitting side, we would...
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    Does the Server have to follow the returner...or vice versa?

    Yes, an excellent post by Wooodrow. I suggest to players that if, as returners, they aren't ready to simply hold up their arm until they are ready. Some servers will really vary the time aspect depending on how well the game/set is going.
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    Coaching Idea's

    Certainly would like to see a Coaching Forum.
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    Doubles scenario: who has the edge here?

    In my opinion, net playrers have the advantage especially when the baseline player has no pace to work with. I do a lot of dead ball feeding from just behind the baseline to good players. Although you can beat them on certain balls when your able to thread it perfectly, if they get a racquet...
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    Kneeling servers hitting 125 MPH - really?

    So, are we saying someone can hit have the ball come off their racquet at 125 mph as compared to an actural serve - there is a big difference.
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    What to do when you're playing at your worst?

    This question comes up frequently and basically the answer retates to keeping your eye on the ball (focus) more. Most of the players are "off" they just aren't watching the ball into the racquet - try looking for seams or trademarks and its surprising how quickly your game comes back.
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    Kneeling servers hitting 125 MPH - really?

    I happen to be very fond of Vic myself and think he has contributed greatly to the sport. Many of his observations, suggestions and methods are still relevant. I too would warn players to take it easy when serving from the knees - yes, its maybe a good way to learn rotation into the serve but...
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    Kneeling servers hitting 125 MPH - really?

    Yes, and I have seen accounts that place it upwards of 15%.
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    The dreaded high 1HBH

    Your certainy not alone on this - it can be a difficult shot that many have problems with.
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    Why not just kill 2 birds with 1 stone?

    Excellent post. Although I think all your points are excellent, availability of court time is one that effects a lot of players. In some instances clubs discourage practice when others are playing - never really understood this but for various reasons some players get upset when practice...
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