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    Swinging with lower able players

    I play a lot with people that I’m better than. Not saying much there. I videoed a hit with my wife yesterday, subconsciously I felt like I was taking shorter strokes and accelerating through the ball but many on video were slow bunts. Likely because she does hit fast balls ok, but I have...
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    Tall People Only

    Every time i video myself, it looks slow and awkward. I seem to lope slowly to my contact area. 2 steps instead of 5. My coach wants me to step smaller and I get why. I tried yesterday and my small steps are still larger that the YouTube pros. I’m not the most athletic guy, but I’m not in bad...
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    When to change rackets

    Like many, I started out playing with a racket I bought from academy- the spin power dominator. When the tennis bug bit, and this forum let me know that no one who is serious can play with a $50 racket, I got another racket. This one had specs like it was white, and a picture of the joker on it...
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    Opening the Chest

    I think I take the whip too literally. Both my coach and my wife say that I pull my arm through the shot with too open a chest. Watching OZ last night I see that the majority players hands are relatively constant in relation to the shoulder where as mine falls way behind and catches up. I think...
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    Countrymen early rounds

    Is there an intent to make match countrymen or persons in the early rounds to eliminate multiple representation? I’d rather see atomic meet KiKi in a final than first rounds or the perpetual meeting of Taylor Swift and Isner in early rounds. Doesn’t seem as random as all that. Sent from my...
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    Every Rally ended in my error

    Played what you could consider a pusher with lethal put away flat blast. My coach and I have been working on consistency and when to look to break the pattern I'm back out of my element. I played a guy with push like strokes but he was an NFL scouting team backer, so my height and 4x as fast. He...
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    Deuce Duals

    Any strategy ideas for when one is locked in a deuce and one opponent is owning the the deuce side and the other ad? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Drop feeds vs Wall

    I have access to a ball machine sometimes but can get an open court or wall easily. I take lessons but want to practice more and the best time for me to hit is well before others get out of bed. I have been serving more baskets of balls watching progress slowly. But also the want to go with...
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    Forehand - Staying in the Shot

    My coach / instructor tells me I am not staying down through the ball and brushing up too much at contact which leads to no matter how hard I hit the ball I lands on or about the service line. The spin makes it jump to the base line so its not a sitter. His (and my) goal is to hit the ball a...
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    Running through the ball

    I’m not incorporating a lot of deformation considerations in my calcs, but me as a 240#’er running through the ball just bunting transfers a lot of kinetic energy to the ball. I have a problem with staying too far back on weak servers and running through contact and sending the ball long. Being...
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    Running through the ball

    I’m not incorporating a lot of deformation considerations in my calcs, but me as a 240#’er running through the ball just bunting transfers a lot of kinetic energy to the ball. I have a problem with staying too far back on weak servers and running through contact and sending the ball long. Being...
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    Running through the ball

    I’m not incorporating a lot of deformation considerations in my calcs, but me as a 240#’er running through the ball just bunting transfers a lot of kinetic energy to the ball. I have a problem with staying too far back on weak servers and running through contact and sending the ball long. Being...
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    In the center

    I practice more these days with angles and slices, but played a match last night where I couldn't hit anything out of these middle. Other than *just do it* is there anything, mental image that I can adopt to take me into a practice space ? Sent from my SM-T813 using Tapatalk
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    Judging Your Own Speed

    Yesterday I played a flex match with a guy that was better than me. He had more shots, and better command of the court, but he was complimentary on my game. He inferred during the match that he could tell my arm was warming up since my serves had upped in pace. I thought he was "sharking" me at...
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    Everyone develops

    I started out worse than everyone I know, and I quickly segregated to the bottom of the ladder. Work, lessons, playtime later, I’m now feel even with a lot of guys in my flight but not better. Matches are more competitive but not falling yet in my favor. Let me live vicariously through your...
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    Watching the ball / Posing

    Some pros advocate catching the racquet after a ground stroke, some advocate a pose. Some players hit the ball and follow the ball all the way over the net. IN searching for watching posing threads, some people advocate watching / holding the pose. My personal issue on a ground stroke [or...
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    Return a heavy ball from the backhand

    I have a consistent hitch that takes my OHBH out of play when facing heavy top spin players. I just cannot get in front of the ball. I track the ball ok enough, but when the ball hits and ricochetes I'm usually late and usually swinging through on the wrong plane. IN the past few months, I've...
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    Players Racquets

    I bought an “old school” 2010 players racquet for a science project. Strung it the same as my go tos. It’s a 93 sqcm versus my more normal 99 and a few more points head heavy but only about an ounce heavier over all. I can feel the difference in the swing and so far I have to take mad cuts at...
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    Self Diagnose- What’s your progression

    Scenario: You’re playing an even match with a friend, it’s competitive but you’ve played this person before. You’re serving well and defending your serve, and your pressuring his enough to where the set could go your way if you get a break. Your opponent is quick, and generally hits it in...
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    Felt the slot today

    I hit a couple balls with my wife today. She doesn’t put a lot of pressure on me, so it’s easy to get more introspective with the hit. Sometime during the morning, I felt me squeezing the racket very tightly during the stroke. Starting just think bounce hit / bounce hit type of Rally, I really...
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    Chicago mid June

    Heading to Chicago with my wife- she's at a conference and I'll have some time to kill. Anyone want to hit MTW 18,19,20? Sent from my SM-T813 using Tapatalk
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    Fuco

    I really enjiiyed watching him win. I like PG but just having a nobody with their first match at 26 and seeing he, and his coach/dad cry brings a human element to the game again. No gold chains and buying stuff off the rack tennis. Simpler times. Sent from my SM-T813 using Tapatalk
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    Video

    So I figured out how to get my muvi working and watched my first match of myself in a long time and wow... I look like a big fat slow moving ******** slug tripping my way through this journey called tennis. So how do i train now. I'm slow. I'm actually embarrassed. But I think i can put the...
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    Compacting the backswing.

    I’ve been trying to shorten my backswing on the FH and accelerate through the ball. When I can swing freely it seems to have helped my timing. I feel that sometimes when bringing my arm through after the lag that I’m rolling my arm through contact turning the knob back early and launching the...
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    Backspin Silliness

    I went to the gym today to hit a couple of baskets on the ball machine. Good warm up and I was hitting well. Setting was fairly quick, high topspin, 3ft clearance. Hitting my targets a good bit. Then I thought of all my friends here that would offer that I shouldn’t practice so much at what...
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    Retirement of the masses

    What do pros do when they are outside the elite class or even the top of the 100. Do they coach, hit balls out of a bucket to fat middle aged people like me, or learn to hate the game over the grind and open a dominoes with their saved up $$hundreds? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Serve Mechanic Revelation Insights from a 3.0

    So I think I may have stumbled across something. My serve is either good or I double the match away. Last night I doubled a flex match away so I went to hit serves this morning to self diagnose. I don’t have that good mind body link to know the diff between ISR or IRS or SIR etc. I also...
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    Hitting for Consistency

    Played with my wife yesterday, and focused on just keeping the ball in play, hitting without pushing, but where she could return my shots and see where my swing issues are when there is no pressure. In keeping the target at about the service line and near the middle of the court, we were...
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    Ads handed to me.

    I got destroyed yesterday playing a gentleman 25 years my senior and into his 70s. The match was on clay and I don’t play well on clay yet but he had a slicey dicey game that I couldn’t break. More importantly I could not break his pattern. It started off by not having good direction on the...
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    First Ball In

    I find this practice on the first serve more often and flex than I do in league play. I’m not a big fan of it, as I feel I’m conceding the first service release the first point. I don’t really think that it speeds up the game at all by cutting out 20 seconds to warm up in three served Eastside...
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