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    Practicing with bad players.

    Not even Federer, Djoko and Nadal swing out 100% at all times. All pros temper their swing based on the situation. And, pros rarely swing with 100% effort. Normal rally ball is probably 70% effort and they probably go up to 80-90% effort if they have a sitter. And, they drop down a bit and...
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    best folding table for table top stringer?

    yea, tool cart with wheels is what I have. some use sturdy microwave stand with wheels too. You can roll it off into a closet if the closet is big enuff or at least roll it over to the side of a room. I paid $50 for the tool stand and added wheels for another few $ and I've been using it for...
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    Am I the only one who doesn't notice much difference between strings?

    I can sense the difference by string type meaning co-polys feel very different that nylon/multi-filaments. But, the difference in most co-polys is very subtle and most multi-filaments is also very subtle. I use 16G Technifibre NRG2 or Multifeel, or LaserFibre Supreme almost interchangeably in...
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    Heavy racquets

    Years ago ITF recommended these specs: weight 11 oz or more, SW320 or more and 4HL or more. To me, 11 oz, 320SW, 4HL frame in the 95-110 head size range is the minimum spec for teenagers through old age. stronger adults can certainly handle more weight and SW too. Just demo a few heavier...
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    What Was My Partner Trying To Say?

    Tennis isn't that complex. You hit an approach shot to the deep player and that's the percentage play. You can vary your approach shot to the weaker side of the deep opponent or you can even try to hit a short low slice as an approach shot but that's all just simple deviation of the core...
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    Official Wilson Clash thread

    my previous racket is volkl 10 295 with a fairly dense 16x19 pattern 98" head. I think the volkl had a launch angle that was consistent with the swing path. My personal experience is the clash tour doesn't send flyers long and find the launch angle to be consistent with my swing path with...
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    Official Wilson Clash thread

    Hit with one of my clash tours for a bit now. Played a doubles league match, practiced and drills so a mix of hitting. Previous racket: volkl 10 295 customized to 12 oz, 4hl, 333-335SW New racket: clash tour, overgrip, 2.5 total grams at 3 & 9 o'clock, no dampener, 8 HL, 338 grams total with...
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    Official Wilson Clash thread

    bought 2 clash tour rackets last night. took them home and checked weight and balance. They weigh 2 grams different which is outstanding and the balance was within a 1/16 inch which is again outstanding. Either I got very lucky and got 2 that are almost identical or Wilson QC is better. I'll...
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    Official Wilson Clash thread

    I demo-ed the tour for about 5 hours. I also hit the lighter version about 10 minutes. The tour is an excellent racket. I really like the feel and softness. Serves were better for me and groundstroke guite good too. A little more power and spin. I normally play volkl 10 leaded to 12 oz 4...
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    If Nadal played in the smaller outer courts

    The big "if" for Nadal isn't court size. The big "if" is if the ATP had restricted equipment changes like golf does would Nadal have won off clay. If ATP had said no to copoly strings and possibly some modern rackets, then I think Nadal likely would have never won a major off clay. Certainly...
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    For those that hate Nick Kyrgios...

    for me and I think a few other tennis fans, Nick looks like a waste of talent and a player that doesn't respect the game. All the talk about how he likes basketball better and the like of effort at times will not endear a player to sports fans. I love tennis and I have a thought deep in my...
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    Out of control racket prices in US?

    F-ing tariffs
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    High or low swingweight against heavy hitters?

    I have seen similar posts here many times through the years. I buy light rackets and lead up. When I get them they are around 310-315SW and after customization they tend to be in the 332-338SW range. I can honestly say I don't notice any difference in RHS and it doesn't feel difficult to...
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    High or low swingweight against heavy hitters?

    about 6 or 8 years ago ITF article said a minimum performance spec for a rec player 4HL or more, 320SW or more and I don't remember the static weight but I think it was near 11 oz. Personally, I think 320 SW is the minimum to play good tennis even at rec player ball speeds. I'll probably get...
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    Anyone remembers this crazy tennis dad story?

    yea, but Annacone said on Tennis Channel that he picked Hewitt to be a better prospect than Federer when they were juniors. Bjorn Borg was also not the favorite of the Swedish tennis system when he was a young junior because his strokes were considered unusual and he had a poor demeanor on...
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    Theory of the American Twist Kick Serve

    A football thrown downfield is moving forward toward the goal line but isn't the spin very much toward the sideline? I think a twist or kick server that bounces to R for a R-handed server spins somewhat like a football. Watch Federer or old video of Santoro hit a kick serve and you see that...
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    Swing weight: the biggest gap between Next Gen and old guard

    Just imagine what Nick K and the rest of the gen-xers could do if they had properly high SW then. maybe explains why they are losing to old men.
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    Francis Tiafoe's racquet

    Yea, I don't think spin is correlated to muscle bulk. Federer has some of the highest topspin and underspin rate on tour and his arms aren't that bulky. Guga is another example of a lean player with high spin rates. There are others that fall into the muscle category too like Muster and Vilas...
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    Francis Tiafoe's racquet

    Federer's FH spin rate is only a couple of hundred rpm behind Nadal's topspin rate. Federer's slice backhand has the highest spin rate ever recorded. I am not sure that muscle bulk equates as much to power and spin as your post suggests. Sure you have to be a world class athlete to hit world...
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    Spreadsheet of all pro specs on TW

    13.8 sounds about right. I think Greg Raven had Sampras' racket and it weighed in a little under 14 oz. Agassi was around 13 oz. Probably why Agassi lost to Pete so much - haha.
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    Help with laid back wrist

    To "snap" a whip, the hand holding the whip grip has to have a sudden forceful change in direction. Are you advocating a sudden forceful change in direction in a FH swing path?
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    [Hypothetical match] Would you beat Federer in a best-of-3 match if...

    huh? if Nadal, Djoko and Murray are "much more calculated and consistent than Roger"; how come Roger has 20 slams and they don't? Honestly, this makes no sense. Federer elects to play these guys in an aggressive manner that includes some risk so he makes errors but he can also hit more...
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    1st serve vs 2nd serve pronation problem

    The very top tip of the racket will be closer to the net than your hand at contact.
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    New Rafa serve to challenge conventional wisdom?

    the only difference I see is he is opening the shoulders more. I would also say the swing path is a little flatter. basically, if you just said open up the shoulder and hit it harder, this is what you would get. I think all the other stuff Moya is talking about is mumbo jumbo. he may be...
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    1st serve vs 2nd serve pronation problem

    you do have ISR or pronation on both 1st and 2nd serves. your serve looks good. I think the advice above to swing more to the R is good. Also, while swinging more to the R, try to get the tip of the racket head in front - stop the video below of a Federer 2nd serve and see the tip of his...
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    Forum members that are from Europe?

    of course, there is
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    What is Vic Braden saying?

    He probably did say that in video. To be honest, i didn't watch it all. In his book, he taught EF for the forehand volley and to switch to EBH for the backhand volley. He felt like those grips got the most stability with more hand behind the contact. He and one of his assistant pros would...
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    What is Vic Braden saying?

    Curious figured it out. When you volley: no wrist movement, no elbow movement. Lendl and Agassi both used a lot of wrist in the FH volleys. They both got better after being on tour for several years but Lendl would miss FH volleys even late in his career where he would cup under the ball with...
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    70 percent of all rallies last 1 shot (all levels). Strategy implications?

    I agree, an 85 mph serve with good spin and placement can be a weapon at 4.5 level and below. I've stood courtside and watched pros hit 85 mph serves and they are still going faster and moving more than average 4.5 level 1st serve in general. I concede you will occasionally see a really good...
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    70 percent of all rallies last 1 shot (all levels). Strategy implications?

    Without getting caught up in the month, the op is basically correct. Even pro average rally is low. Off clay, average rally is probably between 3 and 5 shots. And, most rec players like to practice rally shots. But, the most important shot in tennis is the serve, 2nd most important is the...
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