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  1. jhick

    String journey

    Hi all, Up until recently, my string experimentation has been somewhat limited, even though I've been stringing (mostly my own) racquets for many years. When I was young, I just strung with cheap synthetic gut, but switched over to kevlar and/or poly strings when I started to frequently break...
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    College tennis recruiting video?

    I wonder where Roger's cousin ended up playing at?
  3. jhick

    Hybrid stringing

    I've got a question for self stringers out there. When doing 2 piece stringing on hybrids where the mains are over 20 feet, you are essentially limited to using them once in the mains (not talking about reels here), so do you use them in the crosses on your next stringing job so you're not...
  4. jhick

    Polyester string tension and arm Issues

    So help me understand the science behind this. It is recommended not to string poly at higher tensions because it can be hard on your arm (TE, shoulder, wrist, etc.). So string it at lower tensions, easy fix as long as the increased power is controllable. That makes sense to me. But...
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    Natural Gut/Poly Stringing

    Hi, I'm thinking about stringing my racquet with natural gut in the mains and poly in the crosses. I've never strung with real gut before. Any tips/suggestions? I've heard that gut kinks easier than other kinds of string. Is it best to pre-stretch the gut string to prevent this? Thanks
  6. jhick

    Poly string suggestions

    A number of years ago I switched over to synthetic gut from poly mainly due to tennis elbow issues I was experiencing at that time. I'm looking to make a switch to a new racquet (Head Radical MP 2021). I love the racquet's feel, increased power, and it works great for serving and especially at...
  7. jhick

    Achilles Tendonitis

    I've been dealing with for sometime now. It used to just get sore the day of and especially the morning after a match. Mostly a doubles player in my upper 40's. However, my son and I signed up for a single league recently. After playing more singles, the pain takes a lot longer to go away...
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    What should I string with?

    Snapped my trusty old syn gut strings last night that I've been using for about 5 years since switching over from full poly after I was dealing with a bad case of TE. I had picked up some Babolat Origin on sale and also was just gifted a set of ALU power. Initially I was planning to string...
  9. jhick

    New Shoe Recommendations

    Hello...I've worn out my last pair of Asics Resolution 5's which have really helped my feet and knees in the past. Looking for a replacement but tried my sons Resolution 7's (we have simlar size feet) and wasn't as much of a fan. They actually were fitting tighter than the Res 5's. So I guess...
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    Stringing business

    Hi, I have a 12 yr old son whose expressed interest in learning how to string racquets. I've had a cheap Klippermate drop weight that has served me well for close to 30 years. These days, I just string my own and my boys racquets, but back in college and post college I used to occasionally...
  11. jhick

    My Son's Racquet String

    Recently I got my 12 yr old son a new Babolat Aeropro 19 and he likes the racquet but telling me he's not fond of the string. The racquet was part of a junior deal from Babolat that came with choice of string, bag, 2 shirts, and hat. The string I purchased was Babolat Addiction...
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    Racquet suggestions

    Hi, I currently play with an old Head liquidmetal radical OS but as I get older (turn 45 this year) and starting to realize I could use some more pop on my strokes. I just demoed a Pro Staff 97 and while I really liked it for topspin ground strokes and serves & overheads, I didn't like it that...
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    Another Overgrip thread

    Hi, I am currently using Yonex Supergrap and like it for my own use. However, my son has used it and wears it out quickly, so I'm running through these grips fast. Is there a grip similar in feel (semi tacky), that lasts longer? Suggestions? Thanks.
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    New Racquet for my son

    My son is 8 (will be 9 in August) and has adjusted to a regulation (27") sized racquet. He is a big Federer fan and thus he has wanted me to buy him a WIlson Pro Staff racquet. But after demo-ing those racquets I've finally convinced him that the racquet is too heavy for more money...
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    Tennislink website

    What happened to the website? I used to be able to look up historical scores/results going back to early 2000's. Now only the last 2 years are available. Anyone else notice this recent change? :confused:
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    Best Shoes for stiff knees

    I've been struggling this year with some knee stiffness and ankle soreness. My current shoes are starting to fall apart so I'm thinking of getting some new ones. Any recommendations on some good tennis shoes? Thanks.
  17. jhick

    Stiff knees

    Since turning 40 last year, I have been dealing with more muscle stiffness, especially in my knees. When I slightly bend my knees (such as when I go to serve) or running around the court, I have pain and while it's not unbearable, it's not comfortable either. Because of this, I feel like I'm...
  18. jhick

    ******* Road Trip

    The first leg of the trip my family are hoping to drive from Rochester MN to Indianapolis. Looks like it will take a little over 8 hours according to the map. I’m wondering if I should bother at all with Chicago or just bypass by taking southbound I-39/51 through Bloomington and catching I-74...
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    RIP Harmon Killebrew
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    USTA 4.5 High School Player 3-Star

    Does anyone know what the self rating rules are for high school players who are 18? One of the teams (not the one I'm on) is trying to find out if a guy who hits with our group can self rate at a 4.5. He is a 3 star and looks like he has verbally committed to Washington U (St. Louis) D3 next year.
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    Any PT fans here?

    Can't get enough of them. One of my favorites of late:
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    Help with new racquet recommendation

    I am looking for a new racquet after one of my old original Wilson skunk racquets (made in the 90's) accidentally cracked while playing recently. My experience is that once I find a racquet I like, I don't change often. While testing and demo-ing(? ) new models, I've noticed that many of...