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    Hitting with a pro or hitting ball machine/

    The perfect recipe for becoming a 3.5 for life. (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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    Why do clubs even host USTA leagues?

    I play at a private club, although anyone can join (ie we don't have initiation fees or do you have to know and be recommended by an existing member). A few times I've arrived at the club, usually mid-day, for my reserved court time only to be told by the nice person at the desk that the...
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    Is This A Violation Of Wardlaw Directionals?

    May I quote you on this to the 3.5 (mostly doubles) players I coach? They seem to think there is a cosmic law against hitting xc more than twice; after that, they are required to hit any shot that makes it more difficult for them to win the point than their opponent(s). Drives me nuts, but I...
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    Biking anyone?

    This is somewhat complicated and is certainly idiosyncratic. Cadence is a bit like the way a person runs--some people are naturally smooth and efficient runners, some not so much and it's tough to change this. RE: cycling cadence, some riders are natuarally "grinders" (80-85 rpm) and some are...
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    Do you enjoy playing against a pusher/junkballer who is better than you?

    Completely agree. I play so I can hit the ball, and so-called pushers (or "pace-free players") give me ample opportunity to do that. I really dislike the ball-bashers who try to hit a winner on every shot.
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    Question on tennis teaching pro income

    I've worked at several clubs and camps over the years, but never under the pay structure at Suresh's club. I have to agree with the coaches on this. ie giving 30% of on-court income to the DT is deal breaker. I don't see how the coaches could earn a decent income under a scheme in which they...
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    Your biggest financial mistakes?

    You did not "invest". You gambled. Big difference.
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    Anyone have any tangible advice or specific triggers to work on loosening their grip on both the serve and forehand?

    Presuming you are a right handed player: As you recover from each stroke, move the racket to your left hand (ie ready position) and completely relax, even flex, the fingers of of your right hand. Use your left hand to position the racket for the next stroke before you apply any tension with...
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    Radical Team Building

    You've watched the PBS doc on Hemingway many times, haven't you?
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    Radical Team Building

    As a teaching pro and mid-to-declining 4.5 player, this would be the pinnacle of my career. Sigh...
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    Red squirrels > grey squirrels.

    Upstate SC. Also, there are significant white squirrel populations in neighboring NC
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    Red squirrels > grey squirrels.

    Where I live, we also have white squirrels. Care to expand your comment?
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    Likewise. My wife hasn't played a match for over a week and she tells me her UTR falls by a tenth of a point daily.
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    The plummet continues, unabated! My wife's UTR has made a precipitous drop--now at 2.8, leading to unmitigated angst, existential dread and me packing my bags (as a tennis coach, there's only so much I can take). I've threatened to make her play in a 9.0 mixed league with me as her partner...
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    AN UPDATE (because I know how much y'all care about this very trivial topic): After losing two matches last week, both 10-8 in the 3rd set TB, my wife's UTR has soared (soared!) to 3.5.
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    Forehand: Pendulum Takeback

    The most common issue I've encountered with novice players who use a loop (also called a "C") is that the loop is too big and the players winds up using too much energy to bring the racket up and back so the their swing forward, ie into the ball, become slow and short. I agree the Fog's forehand...
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    Biking anyone?

    Just slide your hips back slightly and move your hands one at a time from the tops to the drops. Don't avert your eyes from the road ahead.
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    Isn't this the inherent flaw in UTR, ie it's so random that's inaccurate? What's the point of chasing a UTR number if that number can change for no apparent reason? As an aside, my wife tells me that UTR keeps asking that she consider their paid version, one of the perks of which is that...
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    So, UTR is the Gamestop of the tennis rating world?
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    "Mangling" indeed. Thanks for the informative comment, OTL.
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    She crushes all of them--it's the older, crafty junk ballers who make her sweat.
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    I feel your pain, brother and have advised my wife that her UTR needs to get back above 4 or I'll have some decisions to make.
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    She says it's the rating on the home page. Perhaps she has not played enough matches over the past 12 mos to get a verified rating? As well, she has the "free" version of UTR--not sure if a verified rating is only for those who pay for UTR.
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    Winning vs playing beautifully

    Per Emily Dickinson, who achieved a 4.0 rating in 1862: "I died for beauty but--but was scarce Adjusted in the Tomb When one who died for Truth, was lain In an adjoining Room--
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    My Wife's UTR is Plummeting!

    My wife plays almost entirely singles in 4.0 18+ and 40+ USTA leagues, and she wins about 4 of 5 matches. (Other captains often put a 3.5 player against her). Last year, due to Covid, she played only one match before the USTA (Southern in upstate SC) abandoned the season. Going into this...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Ditto. There are some players who take lessons for more than just the tennis.
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    The underhand serve is becoming more prevalent

    I played 9.0 mixed recently and the woman on the other team (an older woman who apparently had a shoulder issue but could nonetheless hit overheads) served underhand every time. It was very effective because she could place it well and the ball stayed very low (we were on a clay court). My...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    It's a worthy discussion but ultimately the trio tried to come up with a cookie cutter synopsis for a more complicated topic. Sure, some coaches are not very good and their lessons reflect this, but after spending 20+ years in the business I am certain very few are in it to make money, because...
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    Comparable string to Pro's Pro Nano Vendetta?

    I use Red Devil 1.19 as a cross for Natural Gut (Klip 17 ncurrently). Works well in that configuration. I don't use it full bed. I'll likely try 1.14 next as i don't break strings often. I have a reel of the Red Devil in 1.24 and a set of the Klip NG 16g and was considering trying your hybrid...
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