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  1. eelhc

    Stringway Double/triple clamp technique

    I always remove the clamp while still pulling tension (before lockout or if on a dropweight, before weight goes to level) so the tensioner is not pulling against the clamp (well only the clamp on the other side of the stringbed). Is this what you are doing? Maybe try clamping only 2 strings...
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    Doubles partner not cutting it

    When I captained teams I always made this announcement before the season: "Anyone who has issues with their regular doubles partner if they have one, or a doubles partner I pair them up with, let me know ASAP and I will make sure that you only play singles".
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    Stringway Double/triple clamp technique

    It's been a while since I've used the Stringway clamps as I've moved onto a Neos 1500 some time ago but I did not notice a significant tension difference. How do you tell? pluck the string for sound frequency?
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    The Match Tiebreaker

    It's amazing to be that people can routinely binge watch a Netflix series at 6-12Hrs a shot but can't hold their attention span for live sports events. Also, as a golfer, I see nothing wrong with keeping play at 9 and 18 holes. The trouble is that most golfers can't get around 9 holes in ~2Hrs...
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    Pusher runs opponent around like a yo-yo

    Not sure what argument this is making but doing some cursory analysis... $7M in prize money since turning pro in 2001 (18 years) + whatever sponsorship money she earns which I don't think is all that much for her but let's say the total she's earned in 18 years is $10M minus expenses for...
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    Pusher runs opponent around like a yo-yo

    Not generically high percentages, but given her skills, they are indeed high percentage shots. She's able to do it every match day in /day out. There are the classic, old time players at my club who manage to hit hard flat shots within inches of the net all the time. Just their game. Not low...
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    Pusher runs opponent around like a yo-yo

    Agree... Painting lines may work 1 day but not another. The guys who are really good have their tennis computers wired to calculate where they need to hit the ball based on court conditions, opponent movement/speed, the quality of the ball they are returning + hitting, how well they are...
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    Pusher runs opponent around like a yo-yo

    Definitely not a pusher. In fact, I would say that she is one of the few WTA players who attempts to take control and dictate the point. Every opportunity she gets, she is attempting to change direction + pace, create angles and make the point uncomfortable for her opponent. How's that...
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    Saw a real life moonballer in USTA.

    What about the aggressive topspin lob/moonball? One of my favorite set pieces is the high roller topspin shot to the backhand corner and come in. If I think the ball is going to land within 4~5 feet of the baseline and my opponent does not have time to run around his backhand, I'm at the...
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    Ashleigh Barty is our new world number one

    So refreshing to see someone with variety in their game. I almost stopped watching the WTA altogether until this gem of a player showed up.
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    Butt-Cap stapling: Hansen Tacker

    I don't replace butt caps often. I am nervous about cracking/splintering the pallet so I don't use a staple or a nail. Instead, I use a small amount of silicone caulk (360* coverage). I've done this on a dozen or so butt caps and have never had a problem and IMO the butt caps sit more...
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    Argh! LOSING match but winning more games overall

    Understanding the scoring system in any endeavor, sports or otherwise is important. One may think it's unreasonable or unfair but until the rules or the law changes it is what it is and we accept the results. Don't like it? The law or the rules can be changed but complaing about the rules...
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    Heat tolerance and aging

    One of the best matches I saw was an older (estimate 55+) woman vs a younger (~30) one on a hot summer day. The older woman clearly had better skills and won the first set by a couple of breaks. But towards the end of the first set, the younger woman started extending points with defensive...
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    Argh! LOSING match but winning more games overall

    QED.. people act out their pathology. Keep insulting Americans. It's not like you are alone. Electoral college as a useful analogy. Never mentioned anything about political leanings. Left/Right/Center otherwise. wasn't political until your comment.
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    Argh! LOSING match but winning more games overall

    You have no idea who I am and you might be surprised how many games/sports I have played through the course of my life. But I will give you that this is my opinion and I have not played or watched every game and every unique form of scoring. But that was not the point of the Analogy. All the...
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    In/Out Device

    There are probably just as many cheaters around my parts but unless I have no choice (USTA match), I don't play them. We live in a small community. Guys who are not sportsmanlike build a reputation and generally have trouble finding matches. I will not employ a doctor or a lawyer, shop at a...
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    In/Out Device

    Most guys I play against make the best effort they can to make a good call. Do they blow it once in a while? Probably, but their intent to make good calls is good enough for me. My thinking has always been that no cheater would ever agree to using this device unless it's universally accepted...
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    Argh! LOSING match but winning more games overall

    It really is the most brilliant scoring system in all of sports. I don't mean to get political but US electoral college is a useful analogy. Suppose that candidate A wins more popular votes but loses the election to candidate B on electoral votes. The argument that candidate A should be the...
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    Switching Receiving Sides for Match Tiebreak: We Need to Keep Track of This

    This is the problem. Switching sides may have unwittingly solved an issue but the first problem to solve is to know why one is winning/losing. I have found that most people do not play tennis consciously and have little/no idea what's happening on the court, what they are trying to do, what...
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    Does this count as a fault?

    You're probably playing against opponents more honorable than mine. I've had guys tip the ball at the net that could be heard from 3 courts over who claim they never touched the ball.
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    Pork meat - yes or no?

    Sorry...
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    Does this count as a fault?

    The rules allow a player to "catch" the ball racquet if they decide not to hit it. Not a big fan of this rule. IMO this leaves too much up to interpretation and it should just count if it hits any part of the racquet. I play against a couple of old guys who try to hit an extreme slice...
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    My set with a former D1 Female player (video)

    LOL.. Seriously, here are the OPs stats for the set: On his return games: Went to the not 12 times, won 3 points and lost 9 points. 25%. On his service games: Went to the net 7 times, won 2 points and lost 5 points. 29%. Not exactly a recipe for winning tennis. I didn't count the points...
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    My set with a former D1 Female player (video)

    There's an ex division 1 woman player at my club (but not from a big program)... She's a bit older now and lost a few steps and plays at a 4.5 level. Strong 3.5 men can definitely hang with her. soooo... that said... I would like to understand your thought process... How many times do you...
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    Why is the USTA so hated on here?

    USTA leagues or USTA? Rad the article (it's only gotten worse... much worse... since the article was written) and we can discuss... https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/23/sports/tennis/intersecting-interests-at-the-top-of-us-tennis.html
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    Anyone using Sennheiser open headphones?

    G6 does not have a removeable battery. But my bad... I actually have a G7 ThinQ with the quad DAC. I did have the G6 but that phone did not have a quad DAC Neither has a removeable battery (not a big deal IMO). That all said... I rarely use the internal DAC/Amp in my phone. I am familiar...
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    Anyone using Sennheiser open headphones?

    My 50+ year ears can hear the difference and I have demonstrated to casual folks that they too can heat the difference. Subtle? Yes. Better? Definitely. But look at it another way... For someone like me who would rather have the CD media, what's the downside to encoding everything in FLAC? 20...
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    How do I win at life?

    Win by playing against yourself: Jordan Peterson Rule #4: “Compare Yourself to Who You Were Yesterday, Not to Who Someone Else Is Today.” Sent from my LM-G710 using Tapatalk
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    Best hat to wear backwards?

    How about a scull cap or a Buff? I have several of these for both the Summer and Winter. Wear them for both Tennis and skiing. I replace them when my wife raids my bag and steals them.
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    Anyone using Sennheiser open headphones?

    While I do agree there's a lot of BS in high end audio, I have demonstrated to dozens of people that FLAC encoding, better DACs, and Amps sound better. This is not hard to do because the standards are so low these days and most folks listen to crap encoding on their iPhones through their beats...
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