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  1. RyanRF

    Dear UTR: you might want to take a closer look at your algo

    You're starting with the assumption that NTRP is correct, and that UTR needs to align with NTRP in order to prove its accuracy. Have you considered that maybe it's the NTRP system that's creating the appearance of a problem? NTRP ratings are big overlapping buckets, and you don't get to see...
  2. RyanRF

    Post Your Positive Results

    So far only tested negative. Fingers crossed! 8-B
  3. RyanRF

    "Extending the Match"

    Doesn't "Extending the Match" just mean to stop making unforced errors? Plan A - play the way you like to play using your favorite shots/patterns to win points Plan B - stop giving points away due to unforced errors; make your opponent prove they can beat you (instead of you beating yourself)...
  4. RyanRF

    Dear UTR: you might want to take a closer look at your algo

    It took a while.. maybe 8 matches or so, but eventually my rating settled in a level that I think is appropriate. When I play against other people with well established ratings I feel their numbers are also correct. Ratings for limited number of matches can be all over the place. Also if...
  5. RyanRF

    Toss falls apart - what to do against nerven?

    Find a vertical line somewhere in the background (i.e. net strap, net post, fence post, etc.) that roughly lines up with how you want to throw the ball: During your toss, just try to trace that line with your arm/hand.
  6. RyanRF

    Curious how you guys hit your second serves?

    I think I'm in a similar category as you. Most people at my level have complimented my second serve. It's one of the few parts of my game that is reliably decent. My #1 priority with second serves is to swing hard and upwards to maximize topspin. #2 priority is placement to the opponents...
  7. RyanRF

    Forehand Release or Tight Arm Problem

    You could tape the racquet grip directly to your wrist (i.e zero fingers and zero grip pressure) and still arm the ball. The solution is to use more legs.
  8. RyanRF

    Forehand Release or Tight Arm Problem

    Here's three consecutive frames of your shadow swing: The most noticeable issue to me is what's going on with your lower body. The purpose of bending your knees and loading your back leg in the backswing is so...
  9. RyanRF

    Which word best describes what the left (non dominant) hand does when hitting the ball in the topspin double handed backhand?

    This depends on what a player is doing and what advice they would most benefit from hearing. If a player is naturally already doing A then they may need to be told to focus on B, and vice-versa. i.e. if a player is hitting super flat with no margin they probably need to be told to brush the...
  10. RyanRF

    How To Handle Opponent Accusing Me of Hooking?

    Some people have this expectation that shots that they really want to be in.... should be called in, simply because they want it so badly. The more they want it, the more 'sure' they are it was in. They're only mad at you because it's easier than being mad at themselves for missing the shot 8-B
  11. RyanRF

    Double Hander Fundamentals?

    It's a strange shot. I'd say the 2hbh is still alien even to most recreational players who use it haha. You would think that adding a second hand makes things easier, but in some ways getting both arms to coordinate comfortably is kind of complicated. I've even heard some coaches prefer...
  12. RyanRF

    Is this UTR to NTRP conversion chart accurate?

    That's the downside of NTRP. Without the granularity you've just got really big buckets, and the buckets overlap. With UTR you know exactly where you stand. A few days ago I lost a singles set 6-1 at NTRP 4.0. I played my *ss off but the guy was just way too good. Later I checked on UTR...
  13. RyanRF

    Is it ok to master kick serve placement first over other serves?

    Apparently recreational players are so bad that they can't even attack a bop serve, therefore don't waste time developing a good kick... But also recreational players should be able to develop a 1st serve that goes in 60%+ of the time and starts the point on offense? o_O So rec players are...
  14. RyanRF

    Got Every Shot, Never Know Which to Choose... How to Practice?

    Sounds like you are a good player. Just because your technique is in a good place though doesn't mean you have no use for a coach. A good coach can help you with the other aspects of the game.
  15. RyanRF

    Stroke development and muscle memory is done after 5 years ?

    Yea this was addressed somewhat here too:
  16. RyanRF

    too much USTA is toxic for tennis development.

    No, the reason is because many folks simply like to go out and have fun once a week and don't prioritize improvement. Also why do you care if people stay at 3.5? USTA isn't about tennis development in the technical/improvement sense. Sure they've got their national training centers yada...
  17. RyanRF

    Low or high powered racket to start learning technique with?

    My views on this have changed over time. I used to think that the light weight OS racquets were the worst. Only appropriate for old and feeble people. Guaranteed to prevent development of proper strokes, etc., etc. For this reason, when my wife picked up tennis I started her off with a...
  18. RyanRF

    Is it ok to master kick serve placement first over other serves?

    Prioritizing development of your kick serve is absolutely a good idea. Don't completely abandon slice and flat serves. Keep them in your back pocket. Variety wins service points moreso than pace or hitting lines.
  19. RyanRF

    Flying clamps size

    Not sure if this helps... Long ago when I bought Eagnas clamps I first called them to ask what I needed. They told me that one Medium clamp and one Large clamp should be sufficient to string the vast majority of common racquets. In my experience that has held up to be true, although there...
  20. RyanRF

    Is this UTR to NTRP conversion chart accurate?

    This has lined up pretty well with my experience: Also the idea that men's UTR is different than women's is stupid.
  21. RyanRF

    how to stop playing too aggressively in matches

    Yea this is something we all struggle with. Working on this currently. I'm trying to change my mindset. Instead of trying to put shots away with clean winners (which results in 20-40% error depending on the day), I gotta think about setting up for the next shot, and the next shot, etc... My...
  22. RyanRF

    Can a 4.0 beat a 5.0 ?

    NTRP ratings categories are way too broad. A solid 5.0 would never lose to a 4.0. However.... A very strong 4.0 is like UTR 7. A very weak 5.0 is like UTR 8. UTR 7 beating UTR 8 would be very unusual but not impossible.
  23. RyanRF

    2021 18+ 4.0M USTA League Nationals Predictions

    Sandbagging issues are inevitable in skill-capped competition. The only solution is to not take it too seriously. The more everyone hypes up nationals (i.e. this thread), the more motivation there will be for some people to game the system by misrepresenting/concealing their skill level and...
  24. RyanRF

    2021 18+ 4.0M USTA League Nationals Predictions

    My bold prediction: The winning 4.0 team at USTA Nationals will be the one with the greatest number of 4.5 players.
  25. RyanRF

    How much adults can improve

    I agree that most people don't improve significantly and will play at a consistent level for their entire lives... I don't understand telling people to quit though. We're all just rec players hitting balls for fun. No one is trying to go pro and make money on tour. If you're having fun, keep...
  26. RyanRF

    How much adults can improve

    I never touched a racquet until I was 20 and I hadn't played any sports growing up, so I was really starting from scratch. I'm now 35 and around UTR5.5-6, which puts me right in the middle of 4.0 tennis. I got to this point playing a couple times a week, with lessons off and on (probably 1/4...
  27. RyanRF

    Andy Murray booed after underarm service...

    The analogy to dropshots isn't valid. The underarm serve only works because the opponent doesn't think the point has started yet. They are waiting for the serve toss, which starts the point 99.99% of the time. It's like in boxing at the start of the round when a guy reaches out to touch...
  28. RyanRF

    Pegging the Net Guy

    Frequently I'll play casual/social mixed dubs where its 4.0 male hitting at 3.5 female. In this case it very much depends on the person. Some 3.5 women are used to playing vs stronger men and are up for the challenge. Other 3.5 women are only comfortable playing vs 3.5 women, and take it...
  29. RyanRF

    When to start developing the inside-out forehand?

    A few thoughts: If you always run around your backhand then you are guaranteeing it will stay weak. You are depriving yourself of much-needed reps on that side. It's fine for your forehand to be the better shot, but your backhand still needs to function both offensively and defensively. I.e...
  30. RyanRF

    Pegging the Net Guy

    Meh. The difference between 'right at the body' and 'towards the net guy' is like 6-12 inches. If you're hitting it hard you won't be that precise. There are really only two scenarios where it's wrong to hit at the net person: The person is unprepared for the ball (i.e. you are hitting an...