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    Any other out-of-the-box thinking on stringing gut?

    So I learned a couple of out-of-the-box thinking on stringing gut recently that a do-it-yourself stringer at home can do to optimize gut use: 1. Make 3 sets of main (instead of 2) out of a full set of gut by stringing just the 12 middle mains in your hybrid gut/whatever combo. Result is about...
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    Another rule question

    Tonight in doubles play, the server serving from the deuce court managed to hit the ball over to the ad area where my teammate was standing at the net (I was the receiver of the serve) and the ball hit my partner. My partner said that according to the rule, our opponents would lose that point...
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    What is TW's sole warranty policy on Adidas?

    This might have been addressed before but I need to ask TW again due to recent conflicting answers from TW to me and a friend of mine. My friend told me he bought a pair of Adidas Barricade 8 on Black Friday for $69.95 and hopes to wear it out before 6 months to take advantage of the sole...
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    Performaxx not using the e b a y anymore???

    I just notice this comment on the most recent e bay posting from Performaxx. But I don't see that they have any option for purchasing on their own website yet. I wonder if anybody has talked to Fred to see what sales channel alternative he's considering. In the mean time, I guess we can still...
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    Question about natural gut length

    Hi, I'm new to natural gut and just bought a set of Boris Becker Hero natural gut off the bay. I was a little surprised to see it comes in 40 ft length. I thought it's hard to harvest natural gut for that long of a length, so I always assumed that they come in 2 20ft long pieces. Do the...
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    Arm/knee braces used by pros as seen in Australian Open

    I notice in the Blake/Del Potro match that both of them wore some kind of brown color brace over some white stuff on the inside at the Australian Open that I haven't seen worn by pros before. Blake had it on his knee and Del Potro had it on his forearm. Does anybody know what kind of brace it...
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    Anyone still did not get rid of TE despite switching to natural gut?

    I know that natural gut is supposed to be best for the arm and TE. But there are other reasons to catch TE beside using a harsh string. So I'm just curious to see if anybody got TE and switched to natural gut but it still didn't help with their TE despite the switch. If so, what was your real...
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    Barricade shoe cushioning loss

    I've been playing with my Barricades just fine before but all of a sudden today my right shoe kept digging into my outside angle during a hitting session no matter how I retie or readjust the shoe. I have no idea why, but can this be a sign that the shoe cushioning is starting to give in and...
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    Nike BFII sole bubbled out

    One of my Nike BFII shoes has bubbled up on the surface of the heel part of the sole. I assume that maybe the inside air chamber has a leak and the air leaked out to the outside sole. In order to restore the sole back to a flat even surface, I had to take a safety pin and puncture a tiny hole...
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    Tip to serve wide and close to the net on the ad court

    Hi everyone, I'm working on the placement of my first serve, specifically serving wide to the deuce and ad courts. I'm right handed, so serving wide on the deuce court using the twist serve is clear enough to me. Not easy, but at least I know what I need to do and work on. But serving wide on...
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    Do you stay at the net once you get there?

    Is it better to stay at the net once you get there, eventhough you're not very good at the net and more comfortable at the baseline? There have been times in matches when I go back to the baseline from the net if there's enough time allowed just because I feel safer at the baseline. But I...
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    Need link to website that shows pros' service game

    I used to have a link of a website showing a collection of videos of the top pros' service motions but I lost it when I had to rebuild my laptop. Can someone give me that link again if you know the website I'm talking about? It has a page with pics of male and female pros and you can select...
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    Murray got 1st serve in Wawrinka match because ball boy moved

    Some time near the end of the 4th set in the Murray/Wawrinka match Murray was given a first serve while trying to execute a second serve because a ball boy moved during his motion. Murray halted the second serve when he heard the umpire. I don't think he even noticed the ball boy moved. He...
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    LaserFibre as a company

    I'm curious about LaserFibre as a company. So I know they used to sell Strngway stringing machines and now is trying to make their own Quantum stringing machine to sell, if they could ever raise enough money to manufacture it. But the curious part is the strings and racket grips that they...
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    Use cheaper tennis shoes for serve practice

    I use my cheaper tennis shoes for serve practice sessions and save the nicer shoes (like Barricade and BFII) for actual matches or rally sessions. This is just because I want to use up/wear out the cheaper shoes which I bought when I just started out on tennis and didn't want to spend too much...
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    Why do you want to hit the ball really high?

    I was out playing tennis tonight and I saw on the next court, a guy was coaching a couple of people. He had a ball machine going and a high net of his own set up at the net, maybe about 6' high. He had his students doing drills returning the balls from the machine in a high trajectory to clear...
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    Contact point on racket face on serves

    I notice that on flat 1st serves, I get better results if I hit the ball more near the top of my racket face than if I hit the ball in the middle of my racket face. Don't know why. I just noticed it. So I started to try to remember to do this more and it seems to work better for me. Any...
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    Safin's footfault tirade

    Do you guys think he's in the right that the linesman shouldn't be calling him out on the center line foot fault if he's so far away to see anything that clear? Why did McEnroe keep saying that Safin didn't do anything wrong because he hasn't hit the ball yet? Rules are rules. If your foot is...
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    Winsock anyone?

    I wonder if anyone has tried the Winsock warm up device on ptwinsock . com? I came across it by chance and I'm just curious. Seems kinda pricey... But wonder if it really helps as advertised, or maybe the opposite, hurts your game. Also on their website, they have this TruVue backboard that...
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    Low attendance at Beijing Olympic tennis matches

    I notice the tennis arena looks very empty for the Beijing Olympic tennis matches seen on TV. What's up with that?
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    Testing tennis balls for freshness

    What do most people do to test for a tennis ball's freshness? Do you just squeeze the ball to see if it's hard enough? Or do you do a quick & dirty bounce test? Maybe start at eye level and see if it bounces up to your belly button? Or do you measure the bounce more accurately per...
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    Does Under Armour brand ever go on sale?

    I've never seen Under Armour brand clothing goes on sale myself. So I'm just curious to see if anybody else has. I see almost all other brands (Adidas and Nike included) on clearance at stores before, but never Under Armour. Even when a store has a discount coupon, it never applies to Under...
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    Limbs falling asleep

    I notice lately since I've started doing more weight workout, my limbs may feel a little tingling, especially after a hard set of lifting reps. But after I get up and walk around for a little bit, the blood gets recirculated and the tingling goes away. Is this normal? Do other people...
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    Nike Zoom Air II clicking noise

    I have a pair of Nike Zoom Air II that's fairly new (sole not worn yet, maybe 20-30 hours of play), and the right heel started making this clicking sound when I walk, on every step, around the heel area. There's no visible crack or damage on the sole at all. The inside looks fine, too. Has...
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    Bouncing the ball before serve

    I never really understood before why people take the time to bounce the ball a number of times before they serve. An extreme example is Djokovic. I usually bounce it once and that's it, off to serve. However, yesterday, during my serve practice session, I got frustrated because I wasn't making...
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    Nike Air Vapor IV TD shoes

    Has anybody worn these Nike Air Vapor IV TD shoes? They look like the Air Vapor IV but I tried them out in the store and they don't feel like the Air Vapor IV at all. The inside arc padding seems to bulge out a bit more than the regular Vapor IV. They're a bit cheaper than the regular Vapor...
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    Co poly's comfort

    I use primarily SPPP, Cyberflash and WeissCannon's Match Power (full jobs). In terms of comfort, they feel about the same to me. And I'm OK with using them, they seem comfortable enough for me. I hear these newer co-poly's are more comfortable compare to the older type poly's. But I have no...
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    Nike Air Zoom Court Mo GT

    I have an opportunity to get a pair of these shoes for half the list price. I tried them on and the shoes' inside cushion felt very flat and boardy to me. There is no review on TW for this shoe and there only 5 feedbacks on TW, and 3 out of the 5 are negative. I wonder if people who have...
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    Good 'stock up' price for Barricade 4???

    I have an opportunity right now to 'stock up' on 3 pairs of Barricade 4 for about $64 a pair with some coupons for a local store. The thing is I have a bunch of shoes stocked up already (1 B3, 1 B4, 3 BFII, 3 Babolat Team All Court II from a previous clearance sale), so it's not like I need...
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    Dunlop Abzorb balls

    Does anyone have personal experience with the Dunlop Abzorb tennis balls they can share? Are they really easier on the arm as advertised? How do they compare against the average balls? Thanks.
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