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  1. Dartagnan64

    Wilson Triniti, the "polyester" of tennis balls

    initially I was very hyped on the Wilson triniti balls. Good bounce, prolonged playability, enviro friendly packaging. Totally had switched over this last fall. However after filling my hopper with these balls and working hard on my serve motion over the fall and winter, I developed TE...
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    Why is it so hard to create a slippery multifilament?

    It seems to me, if the advantage to poly is the low string-string friction enabling snapback and the advantage of multi is it's comfort, that someone would have clearly designed a string that had both snapback and comfort by now. But all we get is soft polys that really aren't that comfy and...
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    Soft vs hard game and why do we win?

    So I play Saturdays with a group of guys and normally we play doubles but in COVID times we are playing round robin Fast 5 singles sets. Normally I win 3-4 sets out of 4 and I generally have the best mix of power, depth and control, By no means am I the hardest hitter in the group but I do...
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    Elbow Bend on serve - Advice?

    So due to shoulder surgery in my youth (where my surgeon told me to take up golf as I'd never throw overhand again), my serve has always been the weakest part of my game. Just bunted in serves most of my adult 2.5-3.0 life. Then when I joined a tennis club I tried to improve it but bouts of...
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    Four Opponents

    So our club has gone to singles only turning my weekly Saturday men's doubles into a round robin singles play. Fast 5 (first to 5 games, no ad). Play 4 sets. Today was interesting because the 4 sets were all so different in play styles. Opponent 1: The inconsistent ball basher Racket: Head...
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    Multis that keep their position?

    So we know that Poly and poly hybrids are less prone to strings getting out of position and needing constant readjustments. I swear half the rec players I know use poly strings for that purpose alone. Typically I use gut/poly in my Phantoms but with the Phantom 107G, that might be overkill...
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    Mastering 1 up 1 back doubles

    So two players in a Calcutta tournament. One player is a strong singles player with heavy topspin groundstrokes, very good serve, good lateral movement. Partner is an all court player with mediocre serve and groundstrokes but strong net game and positioning. The singles player is...
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    The Partner that Won't Move Over

    I frequently play mixed doubles with my wife, both socially and in tournaments. She has solid racket skills and we generally do well. But like most old married couples, we have things that irritate us like Chinese Water Torture. With my wife it's her net play when I'm returning serve. A...
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    Hammer or Pistol Grip on Serve

    So for years I've hit my serve with pistol grip since that's always how I've held a continental trip for volleys and slices. I've been working on changing my service motion to swing the racket more over my head into trophy and found with the pistol grip I sail serves long all the time. So I...
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    The Match Tiebreaker

    I know many of us in leagues and tournaments have played a Match tiebreaker (first to 10 points) in lieu of a 3rd set. Certainly helps keep matches at a reasonable duration. There is some talk about bringing that in for singles competition at the pro level (it's already there for doubles)...
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    Spacing issues on FH's

    I've been working on improving my golfer's elbow which I believe has been related to over-pronation on serve and FH. I've fixed the issue on serve largely by strengthening ISR and supinators to better support the elbow on overhead motions. The FH has been a tougher thing technique wise to fix...
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    Tournament etiquette

    Most of us know the line in social play as far as targeting opponents but should that extend to tourney play as well? Is everything fair game in a money event? This week we had our club calcutta event. About $13,000 in the pot up for grabs. 24 teams. We start play at 9 am after a short...
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    Re-thinking the deuce court female player in mixed

    So I've long been a strong proponent of the male player taking the ad side in mixed (providing he's the stronger player and both players are righties). It plays to his FH strength and gives him a chance to control the ad points which usually are the bigger pressure points. But last night I...
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    Van Open

    So as part of my victory in the Jura Cup Golf/tennis Biathlon, I won box seats to the Odlum Brown Van Open Tourney. Challenger series event in a beautiful setting. My center court match this evening is Vasik Pospisil vs. Hyeon Chung. Interesting how tennis goes. Chung was in the AO...
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    First tennis trophy

    Jura Cup Champion at our tennis club. 16 player event, 8 teams of 2. 18 holes of golf playing Scramble rules. The 3 sets of doubles tennis, first to 6 games, no-ad, total game tally. My partner and I finished 3rd in golf with a 76. Had to carry my partner as he faded badly in the last 7...
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    Taking on the Sandbaggers

    So my partner and I are into the Men's B (3.5-4.0) doubles semifinals at our club championships. We are taking on one of the two sandbagger teams in the draw (3.5 with a 4.5 partner). I know from mixed that you need to target the weaker player, early and often. But at some point you do have...
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    Mixed Doubles Poaching Riddle

    I've played a lot of mixed doubles socially and in tournaments over the last few years and one thing I've grown curious about especially at the 3.5-4.0 level: Why don't women poach to the FH volley but inevitably poach to the BH volley. I've been paying attention to this and it seems a lot of...
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    If any of Raonic, Isner or Anderson make the Final can a surface be considered slow?

    So I've seen numerous complaints that the Miami surface is a slow hard court but that seems silly if we are seeing good success from the Serve bots. I mean, didn't Isner win this event last year? Seems to me you only see these guys go far at Wimbledon and on faster hardcourts. You certainly...
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    BNPPO Racquet Playtest

    So I went early to the BNP Parabas Open today specifically to check out the TW tent and demo center. Shout out to Brittany, Sean, Michelle, Chris who all introduced themselves and were very nice. I tried out 3 rackets: Prince Phantom 93p 14x18, Prince Phantom 100p 18x20 and the Wilson Clash...
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    Round, Oval (or isometric) or Egg-shaped - Advantages, Disadvantages

    One thing I've wondered for a long time is how rackets seem to have varying frame shapes and what the advantages of these variations are. Presumably there must be trade-offs or every racket would have the same shape. Anyone really know how these frames affect play for good or bad? Roundish...
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    Does this count as a fault?

    Playing doubles last night and the opposing server threw up an errant toss. No problem right? But then when he tried to catch it, he missed and reflexively stuck out his racket and popped it up into the air before the ball hit the ground. Would that technically be considered a service attempt...
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    Hate to be a fashion ***** but....

    I do like it when my strings match my racquet frame. Right now I've been using natural colors in my Prince Phantoms and I'm feeling the itch to color coordinate. I'm trying out Gut/poly combos. I know I can order Klip Legend in Black (any experience with Black gut?) Now I'm trying to find a...
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    Competitive Mixed 3.0-4.0 Shootout

    Last night out club held a mixed shootout which is more of a social thing than a true competition to be honest. Bunch of men and women 3.0-4.0 getting randomly assigned to play together for 8 games, no ad. 4 Rounds with 4 different partners and opponents. It was a very strange event. For the...
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    "You should play all your matches with that racquet!"

    So I had a men's sports day this weekend and played a mix of darts, mini golf, ping pong followed by a couple sets of tennis. The tennis was wooden racquets only. So I bring out my Wilson Don Budge, highly warped but freshly strung. My partner and totally destroyed our two opponents and all...
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    Prince Dry Overgrips

    So I recently ordered some of the Prince Dry overgrips from TW and tried them last night and this morning. Mostly bought them because they match my Phantom racquet and because TW doesn't ship my go to overgrip to Canada. These things were terrible. They's start to break down during the...
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    Is this toss legal?

    So i'm playing in a Calcutta Doubles event and at one point in yesterdays match I'm receiving serve. The server tosses the ball up. Looks like a bad toss. He reaches up as if to grab the ball but then at the last second decides to hit it. Meanwhile I'm resetting my position already thinking...
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    Are manufacturers finally recognizing "Light and Stiff" is a problem?

    I've noticed a lot of current offerings from Head, Yonex, Prince have been dropping the RA levels on their newer models compared to 4-5 years ago. Everyone seems to be getting back to sub-65 for most of their players and tweener lines. Babolat and Wilson seem to be holdouts but I wouldn't be...
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    Rules question

    I'm pretty sure a situation like this has been discussed but I couldn't find the thread. So last night I was playing doubles and serving. My first serve was out. It hit the back fence and unbeknownst to my partner and I it rolled back towards the receiver. The returner was blocking our...
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    Solving the Holding the Woman's serve conundrum

    So I play a lot of social and tournament mixed doubles with my wife. She's generally solid but one area we've struggled with is holding her serve. It puts a lot of pressure on me to hold mine and I've worked hard to get better at locations and first serve percentage to do that. Now I'm trying...
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    Elbows Up, Blind Squirrels and Tim Hortons

    A Tale of a Strange Practice Set. So recently I was reviewing a Macci FH technique video one of the TW posters put up and recognized some things I was failing miserably at. Basically the tip to keep the elbows up and away from the body on the unit turn really stuck with me as I knew I was...
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