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    How much string should be cut from a 200 m string reel for a 97 sq in frame?

    I'd say, for this first time, don't overthink it. Whatever extra you waste this one time is going to be miniscule in the long run. For convenience, I suggest the wing span method. If you are fairly regular sized, 4 wing span is a pretty close estimation for 20' ~ 21'. For your reference, for my...
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    How much string should be cut from a 200 m string reel for a 97 sq in frame?

    I assume you'll be stringing the same racquet multiple times in the future. You can use this time to find out exactly how much you need. Measure a safe amount that would definitely be enough (40' or 20' + 20', or 4 of your wingspans...etc), doesn't really matter what method you want to go with...
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    Atp male forehand vs. female wta forehand. What's the difference?

    I'm not a coach or sports scientist, but from my observations, there is highly likely an anatomical factor to why males and females tend toward the ATP and WTA forehand respectively. I say this because two of my friends (one male one female) just started taking tennis lessons together. They were...
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    Jordan 11s CMFT for tennis?

    My experience is most basketball shoes are designed for hard wood and will not last for hard court tennis especially if you slide at all. My last basketball shoe lasted me years of casual rec basketball. I grinded that through withing 2 weeks of when I started playing tennis. I'm a bit out of...
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    138 KMH Serve

    I have always wondered this. Considering how much the tennis ball slows down because of the light weight and fuzz, the speed can be drastically different depending on where it is measured. Nice to finally know the answer.
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    Less Spin with 4 1/2 Grip Size

    This reminds me, @djorourke94 did you physically measure the grip circumference of the racquets? Babolat is know to run large, and I feel my experience with Tecnifibre is they tend to run small, but then the Pure Strike also has a thinner replacement grip than other Babolats. It might be worth...
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    Less Spin with 4 1/2 Grip Size

    Based on the info given, I think it is likely you grip the racquet too tight regardless of grip size. On a smaller grip you get a bit more freedom of movement even if you grip tightly, which allows for higher racquet head speed and spin, but probably also caused your arm pain. On a bigger (or...
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    Swingweight vs String tension

    Lower string tension raises launch angle. Higher static/swing weight gives more forward power (provided you can swing it effectively). My 2 cents is if you are struggling with depth, lower tension. If you want to actually hit harder, add weight (again provided you can still swing it well).
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    Best compliment you've received

    5.5 level friend: "who taught you how to play" me: "youtube" friend: "your strokes kind of look like Federer" me: "well most of tennis on youtube is federer" friend: "that's true"
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    Cutting the cable tie of prepackaged strings?

    I just form a loop with my index finger and thumb around the strings (like the ok sign), cut the cable tie carefully, then just wiggle it around and slowly let the string relax between my fingers. One the string is relaxed, you can do whatever with it and it wouldn't really tangle. I've tossed...
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    The "late call" loophole

    My friends and I have been implementing a rule where we both just admit our eye sights suck, so if anytime it's just too difficult to call, we just redo the point. Obviously don't work in competitive matches, but saves a lot of arguing in friendlys.
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    Moving from VCORE Pro 97HD to VCORE 98.

    I did try to make this switch a while ago. Spoilers alert: I sold my VCore 98. I'm not saying the VCore 98 isn't a good racquet. It is definitely more forgiving and powerful, but I just never properly gelled with it. I never felt entirely connected to the ball on more finesse shots like pickup...
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    Serve shoulder turn / upper body

    I'm honestly just curious now as to where you think the hips and shoulders are for you to think they are relatively aligned. To help facilitate the conversation, do you mind drawing lines on the top-down images to show how exactly you think the shoulder and hips are aligned?
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    In general the slice is a harder shot to execute than the overhead

    I will trust that you didn't just move the goal post because you realize you are fighting a losing battle. If, like you said, the player is of high level and has "correct technique" for both shots, then what is the point of discussing the difficulty of the shot? The scenario you just set up...
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    In general the slice is a harder shot to execute than the overhead

    The entire point of the first part of my comment is that the whole abbreviated or not discussion adds nothing to the original argument, so why is this still going on? You're not just comparing apples to oranges, you're comparing an apple to a watermelon to a grapefruit to an orange, and trying...
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    In general the slice is a harder shot to execute than the overhead

    I don't understand how this thread became a discussion of whether a slice is abbreviated, but doesn't claiming a slice is abbreviated support the argument that it is easy? I don't think anyone would argue that the serve is an easier stroke than either forehand/backhand drive. So even if you...
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    Speed 360+ MP vs Pure Aero VS

    I have 2g @12, 1g each at 3&9, 5g along the handle (length-wise), and 2g at the top of the handle. Also a 3g dampener which is may or may not be significant depending on the player. The 2g @12 is to bring up the ridiculously low swingweight I got. I may have just 1g or even none if the racquet...
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    Speed 360+ MP vs Pure Aero VS

    PAVS is in my regular rotations, and I demoed SMP a while ago. To me the speed is a bit of a jack of all trade master of none kind of racquet. I don't think I have any specific negatives to point out, but at the same time nothing really stood out either. It's a racquet that seems to make me want...
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    Explain MEP to me please

    There is a Youtube channel called TennisTroll that uploads rec level match videos. The channel chooses to use nicknames for the players featured instead of using their actual names. In one of the videos, one of the players was dubbed the "Most Exhausting Player" as he plays an extremely...
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    Build a racket starting from a tree..

    That sounds very interesting. I wonder if it might just end up feeling like a foam/silicone filled carbon racquet, but I would definitely be keeping my eyes on this project.
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    Head Flexpoint Radical Tour Grommets

    Are there any other Head grommets that fit the Flexpoint Radical Tour? It doesn't seem like TW sells grommets specifically for this racquet.
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    Quick question: what tension to string Silver 7 Tour at

    In hindsight I could've strung Cyclone Tour at 54 or 55 as it loses tension pretty quickly and is quite powerful of a poly, but I seem to remember, above a certain tension, I just found Cyclone Tour to be boardy so I strung it a little lower than I probably should.
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    Weaving Crosses... What's your preference?

    The first 2 crosses will depend on the pattern, but I like to set it up where, for the rest of the crosses, I always go under first. My reasoning is simply: I find going under (and back up) more difficult than going over, so since the first weave has more space to work with, I choose to take the...
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    Any opinions on the Graphene XT Speed MP?

    Have anyone tried the Graphene XT Speed MP that TW is currently selling at a pretty low price? I can't seem to find any indepth reviews of the original or this version. I'm thinking if this plays anything like the current 360+ Speed, TF40, or Pure Strike, it could be a very good bargain option...
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    How much faster can you string on a "good" machine?

    I started with the simplest of Gamma dropweight flying clamp machine. Excluding prep time of measuring and cutting strings, it was taking me about 45 minutes to string at the fastest. I then replaced the tension arm with the Wise tension head, and immediately was able to string ~10 minutes...
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    Knees Over Toes Guy?

    As always, a disclaimer: I am not a doctor or physical therapist so this is just my opinion. I think his methodology and theories makes logical sense. However, like he says himself, they are mostly hypothesis that are sort of the next logical progression developed from current proven principles...
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    Makeshift Foam Rolling

    The calf is actually one of a few body parts that you can "foam roll" without a foam roller. There is a exercise/maneuver called "bone saw" that you can do. Basically, you cross your other leg behind your tight leg and just sit on it (sandwich your other leg with your tight leg's calf and...
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    Therabandflexbar users....

    The flexbar helps alleviate tennis elbow caused by strength imbalances and weakness in the wrist flexors. I'm not fully equip to explain the biomechanics, but I think this video does a pretty good job. The problem is, although this is a very common cause of tennis elbow, it is only one of many...
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    Court hogging shenanigans. What's your verdict?

    Last time I played (different park), a group of guys with a kid with a tricycle just waltzed onto the side of our court and stood there saying nothing. I happened to be getting a sip so asked if I may help them, and one of the guys just asked "Are you leaving?" I said no to them and went back on...
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    Court hogging shenanigans. What's your verdict?

    Thank you for actually reading through the post in detail, but reading your breakdown made me realize just how confusing it must have been with all characters and complex series of events lol. There is etiquette and there is sometimes just being reasonable human beings. I've never forced people...
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