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  1. TennsDog

    Calling all topspin one-handers

    I have no idea what grip either of them uses.
  2. TennsDog

    Calling all topspin one-handers

    To get the grip I use for forehands, I can pick the racket up off the ground and then rotate it a little more western than that. That is the same grip I use for forehands and backhands, and I hit with the face that faces the ground when I hold it out for both as well. That is the only grip that...
  3. TennsDog

    Calling all topspin one-handers

    I am the same. Western grip on forehand and don't change for one-handed backhands. I rarely frame shots on my backhand side. More so on my forehand.
  4. TennsDog

    What is the effective tension when you string hybrids?

    I don't believe there is such a thing as "effective tension" when it comes to stringing rackets. No matter what the string setup, if you string the mains at 60 and the crosses at 55, it will not play the same as if you strung it all at 57.5. The dynamics of the ball and strings at impact just...
  5. TennsDog

    Calling all topspin one-handers

    I think if you're mis-hitting as much as hitting the frame, the size of the racket head is not the biggest problem. Your mechanics/grip choice may not be appropriate. I personally find the PS85 to be the best racket for one-handed backhands flat out.
  6. TennsDog

    Returning KICK Serves

    I would probably jump for a ball 6ft high, seeing as it would be over my head and I find it very uncomfortable and difficult to hit a ball that high very well.
  7. TennsDog

    Returning KICK Serves

    The trade-off of which you speak is entirely true for any particular person (assuming they swing with a given velocity at impact), but it's not always relevant. If the other guy is as much better as it sounds he may have been, then he was likely hitting with substantially more spin AND speed...
  8. TennsDog

    Quick Forehand Question

    Did you not see my link that specifically shows Federer's racket face slightly closed AT contact? Those were just pictures I found on the first page or two of a Google images search. I'm sure there are plenty of other better pictures that show a noticeably closed racket face at contact. If you...
  9. TennsDog

    Quick Forehand Question

    Here's a link with a picture of Agassi's forehand at contact. It appears to be pretty well perpendicular to the court surface. http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/TIRAD/TIRad_Agassi.GIF Here's a couple of Federer at contact. His racket face appears to be a bit closed. It isn't a whole...
  10. TennsDog

    Are you a staight forward or variety with your stroke?

    If I am hitting rather well, I prefer to play with variety, changing pace, height, and spin. If I'm having a hard time with consistency, though, I will focus on just hitting solid shots.
  11. TennsDog

    Quick Forehand Question

    Most pictures I have seen of the racket head right at contact on topspin forehands shows the racket face slightly closed (as in less then 10º). You can certainly get topspin if the racket is perpendicular to the ground too, but that is likely for more of an eastern grip (can't really back that...
  12. TennsDog

    Why am I always waiting for a ball that never comes...

    It sounds like you just have yet to master reading the ball off your opponent's strings. As you play more and get more experience with different players and different styles, you will be able to determine exactly what to expect (pace, trajectory, spin, depth, bounce, etc.) as soon as your...
  13. TennsDog

    Returning KICK Serves

    When I get someone hurting me on the serves (no matter what type it is), I just move about 2 feet inside the baseline and trust my tennis instinct to help me out. Take pretty much zero backswing, and take a full whack at it. I seem to hit better serve returns when the serves are hit quicker. It...
  14. TennsDog

    I don't think PS 85 is so special

    I like how you make a blanket statement like "no college player uses the PS85" without any way to back it up. I do actually use the PS85, and it is by far the best racket I have ever played with. Am I a top D1 player looking to go pro? No, but I can definitely play some high quality tennis the...
  15. TennsDog

    hiting ball through a fence

    Off of a lob, sure. :)
  16. TennsDog

    hiting ball through a fence

    I hit balls through the fence multiple times pretty much every time I practice my serves. It gets annoying, really, to have to continually go chase them down, especially here at school where there is a court directly behind the fence. I actually hit a serve one time that went through two fences...
  17. TennsDog

    what is your backhand?

    One-handed backhand for anything below shoulder level. Shoulder or higher elicits from me a two-handed backhand. If I get killed on backhand serve returns, I may try two hands there too, but that doesn't usually help too much.
  18. TennsDog

    What string do you use?

    See signature.
  19. TennsDog

    Knot survey: What do you use - Parnell or Double Hitch

    I don't even know what the Parnell knot is, though I believe I did at one point. I use the double half hitch for all ending knots, and a "starting knot" for the first cross, not sure if it has another name or not. (Wrap the cross string around a main twice and then put the end back through the...
  20. TennsDog

    Proper way to cut strings?

    The generally accepted way is as shown above, but that is much easier done with a string cutter tool which is always way overpriced. I just use a pair of wire cutters or scissors and do pretty much what you described. I never really break a main further than like 2 or maybe 3 from center, but...
  21. TennsDog

    Do you have names for your racquets?

    I have never understood the apparent need of so many people to name inanimate objects (cars, rackets, boats, etc.). When is it appropriate to refer to an inanimate object with a personal name? There's a reason it's called PERSONal.
  22. TennsDog

    Racquet Weight vs Personal Height and Weight

    5'9"ish, 145-150lbs, 12.6oz (plus overgrip and dampener).
  23. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    Why practice it if you're not going to use it and continue to develop it in match play. Reverting to lesser quality shots when you start to lose is like giving up when the going gets tough. It's like saying, "Okay, I give up. You're the better tennis player, so I'm going to stop trying to play...
  24. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    I think we should just concede that this is an entirely opinion-based thread, and no one's opinion is going to change with any amount of debating. My opinion is: it's not if you win or lose, it's how you play the game. If someone came up to me wanting to be a "better" player, I would teach him...
  25. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    If you're talking about a ranking system, and you only care about getting your ranking as high as possible, that's one thing. But most people don't play with any kind of ranking, including myself. I play for the benefit of playing and playing well, whether or not that means winning. Again, i...
  26. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    Winning isn't what determines how good a player is. Many players beat Roger Federer, but who would consider them the better player just because they beat him? I wouldn't. Clearly, there is more to being a good player than just winning. Beating someone by pushing and playing low-level...
  27. TennsDog

    Prostaff 85 Original: Stringing Lower?

    I played with a PS95 the other day, and I found noticeably more spin and a bit more power from it compared to my PS85. It definitely played a lot lighter, in my opinion.
  28. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    I'm going to make a slight adjustment to your post: Winning is YOUR number one priority. That's not the same for everyone. And for Flamingo, we're not talking about cheating. Just playing a nasty game with no real strategy or ability. You know, the kind that doesn't challenge you as a tennis...
  29. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    I think an important distinction here is that between losing brilliantly and just being too stubborn to change your game plan. Clearly, if you get down in a match and lose the first set or whatever and are getting outplayed, it is important to try different things. If baseline bashing isn't...
  30. TennsDog

    Winning Ugly or Losing Brilliantly ?

    How would that be a bad thing. That would only be bad if it meant you had no desire to improve or if something was riding on you winning. Tennis is a sport, and a sport is a game; games were invented to have fun. If you focus only on winning, then even when you do, you won't have fun.
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