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    How Much Difference Does Modern Technique Make?

    I know that Ken Rosewall beat Rod Laver in some important matches, even though Laver hit topspin off both sides and Rosewall barely ever used any topspin. I know that Jimmy Connors sometimes beat Bjorn Borg and Aaron Krickstein, even though they used modern technique and Connors hit the ball...
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    The obvious reason junk ballers are so much better at match play than you are

    Brent Abel and Jeff Jacklich had a series on YouTube called Gold Ball Hunting, i.e., for people wanting to approach the top in their (advanced) age category. Their philosophy at their high level is: 1. To hit within yourself, i.e. shots you can make ten times in a row. 2. NOT to worry about...
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    New Solution for Tennis Elbow?

    I have been struggling with tennis elbow for the last six months and I think I've stumbled upon a remedy that can greatly help ameliorate the problem for those not willing to stop playing tennis. I don't know whether anyone else has written about it, but I've not read about it. On Amazon I...
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    Lead Tape to INCREASE Racket Head Speed?

    A question for tennis players who have taken Physics 101: For applying lead tape to the frame I've seen suggestions to place the tape: At 12 o'clock (at the tip) to increase swing weight and raise the sweet spot At 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock to widen the sweet spot for stability At the base, for...
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    Why would changes in racket technology affect the pure side-spin forehand more so than the backspin shots? It seems to me that the lack of margin-for-error in a flat shot would be even worse with backspin. Could it be that flat and pure side spin ground strokes are easiest to control if taken...
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    How do today's livelier frames preclude this shot?
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    Jack Kramer's Sown-the-Line side-spin Forehand Approach Shot

    I'd read in old tennis books that as part of Jack Kramer's concept of "percentage tennis" he hit approach shots (at least forehand approach shots) always down the line (assuming, I guess, a right-handed opponent -- left-handers were uncommon in his day). They said that his down-the-line...
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    Technique Variations by Body Type

    I want to consider the implications of body type. For example, mesomorphs tend to have large, robust trunks with relatively short arms and legs (think sprinters in track&field). Ectomorphs tend to be gangly -- thin, with long limbs (think of marathoners). Drawing an automobile analogy, a...
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    How to make grip larger but not rounder?

    It is easier to make a grip larger by using a thicker material or an over-wrap. But these make the racket grip rounder by dulling the edges of the bevels. How can the grip be made larger without doing, i.e., while keeping the bevel edges sharp?
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    Heart Rate Recovery takes longer

    Eight years ago I took a cardio-tennis course. The instructor would briefly work us to exhaustion so that we would get our heart rate up to 200 minus our age. Then we would check it after two minutes of rest to see the recovery rate. I did fine. However, now at age 63 I have noticed that...
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    Tighten Up at Contact?

    When I was young the importance of keeping a firm wrist was always emphasized. Nowadays teachers emphasize keeping the arm and hand relaxed to be used as a whip. My question: Is there now, or has there ever been, the notion that one should tighten up one's hand and wrist immediately prior to...
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    Left hand forehand (choke grip) vs 2 handed backhand

    I played for a while with one long forehand and one short forehand. Then about six years ago I switched to using double-handled rackets. ( Also, there's someone in Italy who can convert any racket to have two handles, and also has a wider variety of variations in the...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    If the ankle is still swollen after six months, is that caused by a lack of anti-inflammatory drugs, or because maybe it was fractured?
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    Yes, and those are immune system disorders. I suppose some immune system disorders are due to genetic mutations, e.g. genes that are helpful if you have one of them but cause disease when you have two of them. Some people speculate that some people's immune systems are ideal for coping with...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    I would want an expert to tell me such things as: Exactly what motion is responsible for the overuse injury. (No need to avoid practice / training that involve motions not responsible.) How long I should expect to need to avoid doing that motion. Any physical therapy I ought to do. (For...
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    Why do orthopedists treat inflammation?

    If I have an overuse injury and want advice on how to recover from it, how do I find a doctor who isn't going to assume that my problem is caused by inflammation? Undesired inflammation is an immune system disorder and I just don't see any reason to believe that bad technique has set my immune...
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    Rightie..Learning Left Handed Forehand - How long?

    Get one of those weird two-handled rackets. I play ambidextrous. I believe that it is easier to learn a weak-handed forehand than to truly master the one-handed topspin backhand.
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    Margaret Court vs Bobby Riggs

    I was speaking of effectiveness. I agree that, to a man, they virtually all use the identical highly unorthodox incorrect technique.
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    Margaret Court vs Bobby Riggs

    Yes, today people are given ridiculously low NTRP ratings, based on what the levels of play that the categories were originally intended to represent. But to keep it honest, one would have to rate today's tournament pros as NTRP 9.0 -- as they play that much better than did the 7.0 players at...
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    "The guy is a damn pusher" is the scarlet letter of a 3.5

    "Dialing back your strokes to keep the ball in" is what I call "pushing." Such people win at all levels. It's just that at higher levels, people can look good and hit pretty good shots while pushing. Non-pushers (i.e. those who apply a lot of muscle to the racket) can't beat anybody, except...
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    If you're serve is not 4.5 caliber, it might as well be 3.0 caliber.

    It seems to me that once you reach a high enough level, any weak shot will be punished, so you need a style of play in which all the shots you rely on are pretty good. Then it becomes a battle to see whose pretty good shots are better. At lower levels of play, everyone has weaknesses. If you...
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    My experience with that grip is that if I have my arm going nearly vertically downward then the strings are facing the ground in front of me. So to the extent the ball is below my navel, to that extent I must put an extra bend in my knees. Even with the semi-western forehand grip (big knuckle...
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    NTRP grievance, how did this player not get 3 strikes?

    There ought to be a national recalibration to match: 2.5: This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same...
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    It seems to me it would be equally difficult for an old guy to hit a one-handed topspin backhand off a low ball using a grip like the pros use today (wrist well behind the handle).
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    Right, so my question concerns the aging of those who used the full-western grip when young.
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    I'm sixty-one, and over the past five years I've gone from eastern-towards-continental to full eastern. I tried going further, but I discovered that even with a moderate semi-western I don't have enough practice time to rebuild my reflexes and ability to improvise on awkward shots. And even...
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    Butterfly nets

    If this were a tournament in Germany I would assume it to be a government regulation.
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    Appropriate Coin Toss/ Racquet Flip

    The proper way is for everyone to have that thin plastic red thread woven in at the base of the string bed so that the racket spinner can call "rough of smooth?" Spinning the racket should be no big deal if one is playing real "lawn tennis."
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    All Good Players are Pushers

    Yes, but the "better players that pushers beat" at the 3.0 level don't pull from the butt cap, either. All lower level players push the racket; the ones who are called pushers tend to push it gently, whereas the ones who have more power and topspin (and get beaten by the pushers) push much harder.
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    What is the Modern Technique vs. Old School crossover age?

    Well, I'm asking not so much about shot selection and strategy and more about grips and swings.