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  1. IowaGuy

    Jolly's WTA thread for girls who go against the grain.

    At (supposedly) only 5'7" and 125 lbs, it's amazing how she can go toe-to-toe with the biggest hitters in the WTA!
  2. IowaGuy

    Hsieh-Amazing Racquet Skills

    Don't forget that she has won 2 GS doubles championships so far!
  3. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    @ByeByePoly definitely has some tennis experience under his belt :)
  4. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    Yup, consistency and placement being two key points. And neither she nor the senior guys have a huge serve :-)
  5. IowaGuy

    Medvedev Has Been Off the Charts

    24% return points won against Opelka. That should bring back Medv's return stats to not so off the charts :-) I figured he would break at least a time or two in the course of 3 sets??? Opelka won almost 60% of his 2nd serve points!?!
  6. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    Hsieh at it again, against a younger, former GS champion! (Wozniacki)
  7. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    Vines was 110 in the world at one point! Senior tennis = time to start working on your slice BH :-) Also, notice how consistent the good senior players are, nothing fancy on the neutral ball rallies, just consistency and depth...
  8. IowaGuy

    One more Tickleball alternative arrives

    How do you think it compares for calories burned? I prefer singles tennis to doubles, because much better workout. Pickle seems like not much running compared to singles tennis...
  9. IowaGuy

    Is Querrey Finnish

    He and Isner are currently practicing their doubles so that they can continue to play once their singles career is over :-)
  10. IowaGuy

    Slice baby slice - only if you can learn it well

    It's not a one-off match when some professional players make millions of dollars over the course of a decade+ with that playstyle... Santoro made over $10 million in his career, with basically only a slice for a FH. Same for Niculescu, who is approaching $6 million. Hshieh is over $6 million...
  11. IowaGuy

    Slice baby slice - only if you can learn it well

    Yeah, I think that most of Santoro's slices were also more on the floaty end of the spectrum than the knifing slice end of the spectrum... Actually, mixing in some floaty slices along with knifing slices is just one more way to keep the opponent guessing and to disrupt their rhythm!
  12. IowaGuy

    Front foot staying on ground in serving

    Taylor Dent is ~ 6'2" and 200 lbs. He still came a few inches off the ground when serving in the ATP. Plus, he has a tremendous back arch which powers his serve (and ended up with back injuries!). Based on other rec tennis players I've seen over the last 30 years, my guess is that you'll have...
  13. IowaGuy

    Front foot staying on ground in serving

    This guy can serve up to 140 MPH, at only 5'10". Look at his explosion off the ground! (0:25) How fast do you think he could serve with one foot still on the ground? :-)
  14. IowaGuy

    Slice baby slice - only if you can learn it well

    That's a great strategy against Stephens, who usually prefers to be the one defending/grinding, and doesn't have a super offensive game. Maria gave her a taste of her own medicine! The slice approach shots/chip & charge also seemed to be very effective against Stephens...
  15. IowaGuy

    2019 ATP Miami 4R - [1] Novak Djokovic vs. [22] Roberto Bautista Agut

    RBA looked pretty solid Well, the last time RBA and Djok met was in the SF of Doha, and RBA matched up very solid to Djok's game!
  16. IowaGuy

    Arm Friendly Racquets

    Clash Tour is extremely arm-friendly! I demoed it and had no arm pain whatsoever...
  17. IowaGuy

    Front foot staying on ground in serving

    Note that "jumping" and "exploding" are two very different things. Most high-level servers leave the ground when serving, due to exploding up into the serve, not due to deliberate "jumping." Even Dent at ~200 lbs got off the ground a few inches when serving on the ATP tour. Most other pros...
  18. IowaGuy

    Dan Evan's Racquet and set up

    gut/poly or full bed gut?
  19. IowaGuy

    Front foot staying on ground in serving

    It's not unknown, it's just from the 1960's :-)
  20. IowaGuy

    Keep 45 degree angle on volley setup

    I don't think it's a hardfast rule, but in general probably not bad idea to learn to keep racket face above hand (I think that wrist position gives more stability on the volley, YMMV). Here's one of the best 50-something volleyers in the world, starting around 7:00, he mostly keeps the racket...
  21. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    @Curious - I think this is an excellent partner for you to learn your game against. His consistency gives you a chance to really work on your strokes/strategy! You might try experimenting with different strategies against him. For example: 1.) What happens if you play a match where you...
  22. IowaGuy

    Dan Evan's Racquet and set up

    Bump. Anyone have any updated stats on Evans' racket? Is it just me, or does his racket handle look a bit long for a ProStaff?
  23. IowaGuy

    Albot stick

    Bump. Anyone know if he uses an extended racket? The handle looks a little long to my eye...
  24. IowaGuy

    Serving My Shoulder Off

    Can you post a video of you throwing either a baseball or a football?
  25. IowaGuy

    Medvedev Has Been Off the Charts

    @Meles - Medvedev's return game about to be put to a real test tomorrow against Opelka :-)
  26. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    Hsieh rarely misses a neutral rally ball, and uses court depth well against her opponents - both deep balls and short balls.
  27. IowaGuy

    Match video from the weekend

    This would be a good place to start:
  28. IowaGuy

    High Level Baseline Game Style Upgrade Tips

    Definitely a couple of those BH he could have run around without giving up much (if any) court position. 0:10 for example...
  29. IowaGuy

    full western grip for junior

    He might end up being better than DelPo as is :-) I've watched quite a bit of video of him - he doesn't seem to have trouble generating power with his extreme grip, and he's also able to handle much lower balls than I would have anticipated...
  30. IowaGuy

    full western grip for junior

    Western works pretty well for this guy, and he's 6'6" :)
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