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  1. mightyrick

    Austin, Texas Showdown

    To celebrate @navigator coming in to my neck of the woods (Austin), there is going to be a couple of matches played over today and tomorrow. Today, me and @navigator and will be playing a singles match. Tomorrow will be a doubles match between (@navigator / @mightyrick / @atatu / one of...
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    Fractured Hook of Hamate -- The Road To Recovery

    I thought I'd tell this short story. About three months ago, I was hitting a forehand playing a tennis match and felt an excruciating pain. Extreme pain on the side of the hand (pinky side) where the palm meets the wrist and also pain on the pinky side of the palm. I rested for a few days...
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    Meldonium Inventor's Use Case Was For Soviet Troops At High-Altitudes In Afghanistan

    I found an interesting article about Meldonium. I guess the inventor was tasked with creating a drug to better enable Soviet troops perform high-altitude operations in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. Copied from the following article (it is reprinted in other news outlets also)...
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    Babolat Origin!

    For the last few years, the preferred string setup in my Head Youtek Graphene Speed Pro was VS Gut in the mains and RPM Blast in the crosses. I love the feel and the power that this combo gives. Unfortunately, it goes dead really fast. Expensive endeavor. Earliest this week, my stringer...
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    Bad timing due to weight loss?

    Hi guys, So I rarely ask questions on here, but I actually have a strange situation that I'm looking seriously for advice on. When I went to hit out in San Diego, I was about a week into a healthy diet. At the beginning of my diet, I was 212 pounds. That was on August 7th. Also keep in mind...
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    Slow-Mo Galaxy S6 - Two-Handed Backhand Re-Tooling

    This is based on the slow-motion video thread, so I thought I'd post a video taken with my Galaxy S6 in hi-def using its built-in slow-motion video mode. The video has me taking two hand feeds to my backhand. I edited the video so that in between shots, the speed is normal, and then it slows...
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    Wawrinka Couldn't Have Done It Better

    Incredible performance from Wawrinka. He beat the best player (Djokovic 2.1) in the world, one of the greatest clay court players ever, who was on the most incredible run for a very long time. He lost the first set, but beat the iron man in three straight sets and he also proved to all of...
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    2015 Barcelona Open SF - [3] Ferrer vs. Andujar

    Who is it going to be? I'm calling Andujar in straights.
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    Jason Isaccs showing us tennis mechanics...

    So I was watching the movie "The Patriot" and noticed during the following movie sequence that Jason Isaacs (plays the brutal Tavington) seems to demonstrate fundamentally-sound tennis mechanics when attempting to behead Benjamin Martin with his sword...
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    Battle Of The TTW GOAT Online Instructors

    LeeD vs Sureshs! Who wins?
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    Running With The Racquet Up And Ready

    So I had a good session with my coach last night and thought I'd share the lesson. His next goal for me (in his words) to get me to consolidate my movements so that I can gain more time for preparation. He told me that one of my weaknesses is that I run with the racquet held low by my hitting...
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    Has a director/supervisor ever overruled an umpire?

    I'm really curious if anyone knows this? I was thinking about this after the call the umpire made on Djokovic's illegal shot. I just realized in all my years of watching tennis, I have never once seen (live or on video) a tournament director or supervisor reverse a chair umpire's call. Yet...
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    What is the WORST single piece of advice or coaching you ever received?

    After seeing Nostradamus thread, it made me think of another question. Possibly equally interesting. What is the worst single piece of advice or coaching that you ever received?
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    Best Place For A TTW GOAT Invitational?

    I was thinking. What city do you guys think would be the best place to have a round-robin series of sets/matches with folks from this forum? Is there a place/region where a large contingent of TTW posters (who are also players) are close to? Just curious.
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    Video - Driving Forehand

    It was rainy out one day and I thought I'd make a video with my phone (I don't have a video camera). I just went into my garage and did a drop feed to simulate a deep sitter that I want to drive DTL using a very heavy ball. This forehand is using medium-high swing tempo. Eastern grip. Also...
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    Introducing the good 3.5 pusher...

    This youtube video has been posted by latestgood in another thread, and I wanted to double post it with a new purpose. We're talking a lot about pushers at 3.5. This short video is the best example I've ever seen of a good 3.5 pusher. It is the player in the white shirt. For those who are in...
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    So glad Brian Baker is back!

    Brian Baker came in as a wild card to Cincy and just beat Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-3. Very tough first match for Baker after such a bad injury, rehab program, and long time off. I watched the match and Baker's game off the ground never ceases to amaze me. His return game is amazing (top 10...
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    Laver v. Connors 1976

    EDIT: Sorry. Typo... this was from 1975. Another unreal clip from a match between a 24 year old Connors and 36 year old Laver. Laver's speed, movement, reflexes, and all-court abilities are just incredible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SptdffCeVmM&t=1m50s
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    Brian Baker working out hard. Will know when he'll return in a few weeks...

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/05/02/brian-baker-recovery-diary/2128855/ His blog on USA Today is actually really good. A few weeks ago, he was cleared for real tennis. I think it is interesting that he states that his confidence in actually putting stress on the injured...
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    How to flatten out the topspin forehand...

    Hi all, So I have spent the last four months changing my forehand from a flat, club, tight-wristed forehand to a pretty decent topspin forehand using a good elastic passive wrist. I've been pretty happy with the results and a lot of the balls I hit are pretty heavy now. (BTW, I hold a...
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    Poor hitters make you hit poorly

    So I was out last night at the courts doing some work on serves and somebody I know wandered onto the court. They are (AT BEST) a low 3.0. Even though they've been playing for a long time. They asked me if I wanted to hit with them for awhile. I couldn't be impolite and turn him down -- so I...
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    Continue to use unorthodox (but effective) serve?

    Hi guys, After a ladder match that I had recently, my opponent complimented me on my serve. I ended up winning that match 6-1, 6-2. I decided to go out and videotape my serving motion because I wanted to see what I was doing. BTW, I am a completely self-taught server. A few details about my...
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    Re-tooling the serve due to injury?

    I was reading an article this morning on Djokovic's match versus Murray -- in which he subsequently retired with shoulder issues. I've known it to be repeatedly said that professionals generally may tweak a few things here and there, but don't make big adjustments in their game. I think...
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    Enjoying playing the pusher...

    I haven't been around in awhile, but I thought I'd share an experience I'm going through right now in the competitive tennis ladder I play in. A bit of background... I'm playing for just over two years now. I rose from the bottom of the ladder in about a year and half up to a high-3.5...
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    Is forehand topspin supposed to be 6 to 12?

    So in one of my recent hitting sessions, a guy who I regularly hit with told me that I'm getting a lot of topspin on my balls. However, he said that my shots are bouncing up -- but not straight back. They bounce up and to the side. He said they are coming into him with top/side spin. As I...
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    Decent topspin with minimal high-to-low swing plane?

    So I'm working on developing my topspin stroke. I have an eastern grip. I've watched tons of videos of pros with eastern-ish grips and it seems to me after close observation that pros who hold eastern grips actually swing largely flat. That includes Federer. There is a small low-to-high...
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    Dunlop Foam Speedballs

    Hi all, I retired my old racquet and purchased a new racquet -- Wilson BLX K-Six One 95. Great racquet. I'm loving it. However, the time has come for me to actually start to develop more topspin. I already can hit fairly flat and hard, but topspin is difficult for me as I have an...
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    Upgrading racquet... advice needed...

    Hi all, I sincerely apologize if this is in the wrong forum. I am upgrading my racquet because I can't control it anymore. Currently, I have a Prince O3 Speedzone Silver 118. Here are the specs: Head size: 118 sq in Racquet length: 27.5" Cross section: 27-30-27 Weight (unstrung)...
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    Breaking the wrist on a forehand...

    Fundamentally, I know that you aren't supposed to break your wrist during a groundie. I know that you are supposed to keep the angle relationship consistent throughout the swing. However, I have developed a deceiving forehand shot that I reserve for "sitters" that bounce around the service...
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    Opponents that surprised the hell out of you...

    I was practicing serves earlier this week and some guy came over and asked me if I wanted to play a friendly match. I accepted. The guy was about 50 pounds overweight. I'd estimate 6'1 and probably 260 pounds. He probably was my age -- 40s. He was dressed in a too tight polo shirt, and a...
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