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    Doubles partner when you chip and charge

    I have recently resumed playing league doubles tennis after a few year break. During this break my volleying has improved considerably and is a couple of levels above my groundstrokes. As a result I have become a die-hard chip and charger on return of serve in doubles especially when the server...
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    Basic question on multifilament strings and hybrid set-ups

    I currently use multifilament strings (X-One BiPhase) and find that it is always the crosses which break. It is the mains that move but they seem to plane away the crosses rather than the cross saw the mains. Also the hitting surface of the crosses seems to wear most and so they fray earlier. Do...
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    Timing is so important - but can you improve it?

    As a regular player and occasional coach I am fascinated by what makes the difference between between the masses and those who reach higher levels. I am coming to the conclusion that timing is a major factor. By timing I mean consistently getting the right part of the strings to strike the ball...
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    Lukas Rosol serve stance

    Had an opportunity to try out my new slow motion camera at Wimbledon on Saturday and caught and interesting clip of Lukas Rosol (the guy who knocked out Nadal) serving on the practice courts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSEL223_OHM His stance is interesting and unusual. Starts from a...
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    Backhand slice variation hit by many pro ladies

    I have helped out at a few ITF pro tournaments recently and have been struck by the number of female players who do not hit a conventional backhand slice, ie where the hands separate at the start of the forward swing with the non-hitting arm going out behind. Instead they commence the forward...
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    The plague of the opposing doubles partner who 'did not see !'

    Following a spell of hard graft on my serve which has delivered some extra pace, depth and placement I am increasingly being bothered by the plague of the opposing doubles partner who 'did not see' where my serve landed relative to the service line despite the fact they are were standing on the...
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    Thoughts on serve speed

    I coach at recreational club level and have a particular interest in the serve - the stroke which many rec club players want to improve. I have recently been doing some 'compare to a pro' slow motion type analysis for a particular player who has been working hard on his serve. He has done...
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    Looking for info on pro racquet sponsorship deals

    I am doing some research for an investment proposal to help fund the development of tennis players and am looking for information on the sort of deals young, progressing pro players with WTA 200 -300 rankings can realistically negotiate with racquet manufacturers. The sort of information I am...
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    What sort of racquet deals do pro players get?

    I am doing some research for an investment proposal for tennis players and am looking for information on the sort of deals young, progressing pro players with WTA 200 -300 rankings can realistically negotiate with racquet manufacturers. The sort of information I am looking for is: - do they...
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    Investing in tennis players

    I have posted on the following thread about an idea for investing in young, talented, highly motivated professional tennis players and would really appreciate any feedback: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?p=5566913#post5566913 Thanks in advance.
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    Question about helping up and coming players

    Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this but if anyone can give an informed response it would be much appreciated. Or alternatively if you can suggest an another forum where I may get such a response please do. I am a businessman and tennis enthusiast - although sadly I am much better...
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    Walking Step in the FYB Footwork Video

    I have been watching the excellent FYB footwork videos, for example: http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/how-to-practice-modern-tennis-footwork/ and am struggling somewhat with the walking step as used by Yann. The hopping step is fine and I have been practicing it for years. But when I...
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    Suggest me some tactics for crunch match

    My team has its last match of the season this evening and we need to win at least one out of four doubles rubbers to secure promotion in second place in the table. Unfortunately the team we are playing are in first place and have not lost a single rubber all season - we do not have rated leagues...
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    10 shot selection commandments of club level singles play

    I am playing more and more singles and am trying to develop a simple set of rules which I can apply to shot selection at club (about 4.0) level. Some examples I have come up with are: 1. Always hit cross court when defending (red light ball) from the baseline. 2. Do not hit DTL when running...
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    Andre & Steffi V Tim & Kim on BBC now

    Opening event of new centre court at Wimbledon on BBC TV now. Well worth watching. I am wattching the mixed right now and it is a good humoured joy to watch. Almost as though Steffi has never been away. She is still hitting the ball and looking great.
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    Relationship between wrist flexibility and forehand grip

    Reading the recent FYB analysis of Federer's forehand grip and the apparent anomally between his easternish grip and semi-westernish swing with contact point well out in front set me thinking about a factor which I have not seen discussed before. This is wrist flexibility by which I mean how...
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    Question on WW swing path for Will/FYB/ Other experts

    I have been studying the FYB analysis of the WW forehand to try to get a better understanding. It makes a lot of sense but I am left with one big question. Essentially the analysis says that the difference (from a 'conventional' forehand) is in the swing path of the racquet head to contact...
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    Question on WW swing path for Will/FYB/ Other experts

    I have been studying the FYB analysis of the WW forehand to try to get a better understanding. It makes a lot of sense but I am left with one big question. Essentially the analysis says that the difference (from a 'conventional' forehand) is in the swing path of the racquet head to contact...
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    Strange rules question - views please

    I got a bit annoyed in a game of doubles recently when the following happened. I hit a deep return of serve cross court back to the server, who had stayed back. He played a weak cross court groundstroke which looked as though is was struggling to make it over the net. He was playing with the...
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    Any tips on running a singles league?

    I am looking into setting up a rated adult singles league for typical club (as opposed to performance) players in my town as no such thing exists here and would appreciate any tips or advice from others who have experience of such things. A few points I have on my list already: 1. I will be...
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    Need advice on Dunlop AG300

    Hi Guys - I use a Dunlop AG300. I have only been playing about 4 years and switched to it from my old Wilson Hyper Hammer to help with an injury and it has been a great success. I love the AG300 but as my game progresses I am sometimes feeling that it does not feel that solid / stable when...
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    Weight transfer and balance on forehand

    In my seemingly never ending quest to develop a decent forehand I have got to the point technically (I have reasonable unit turn, take-back and swing which gives me a consistant shot with good control) where I think the area which will add most is to work hard on setting the feet, weight...
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    How do you 'manage' hitting sessions?

    As a keen but time poor (family, young kids ...) tennis player I really want to make the most of hitting sessions (as opposed to matchplay) when I get the chance to have them but a couple of the guys I hit with make this difficult. This is because while I like a structure to hitting sessions...
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    Tactics for cross court rallies in doubles

    Even though I look top get to the net whenever possible in doubles I invariably find myself involved in cross court baseline rallies several times a match. As I S&V this is usually when I am returning (I play forehand / deuce court side) and the opposing server is staying back. I play at a...
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    Does your club have a formal team selection policy?

    I guess the question I am asking is pretty self explanatory from the title but a little background may help - I am in the UK and here our inter-club leagues are not based on player ratings as in the US but rather tiered so that teams get promoted or relegated each season depending on their...
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    Problem calling serves in league doubles

    Since I have learnt how to play the net properly in doubles I am having a problem making the expected calls on opponents serve when my partner is receiving. Where I am (the UK) the rule is that you make the line calls on your side of the net. My problem is that when my partner is returning I am...
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    Dealing with extreme slice paceless serve in doubles?

    I had an extremely testing doubles experience the other day. Played a match against a leftie / rightie pair where the rightie was a very quick and outstanding net player and the leftie had an extreme slice paceless serve. It was a windy day and the wind was taking the ball cross court in the...
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    What is the correct footwork following a forehand?

    Quick question I would like some help with as follows. When hitting a rally forehand - righthanded - (say semi-open stance with back foot moving up but staying as back foot on follow through - if that makes sense) from the baseline on the right hand side of the court and wanting to recover...
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    Forehand takeback question

    I recently videoed my forehand for the first time and was amazed by what I saw in my takeback in real play. I discovered that once my hand is behind my should (ie I cannot see it) I do something completely different to what I thought I did and what I do if I swing in front of the mirror. I do...
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    Question for the technique experts about laid back wrist in FH

    I am trying to sove a problem I have with my forehand which I think results from a physical problem I have in laying back my wrist. I damaged my right (racquet hand) wrist in an accident some years ago and since taking up tennis have discovered that it is much less flexible than my other wrist...
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