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    what NTRP is this kid?

    Wow, so antagonistic. Again you said he'd beat the same players I said he'd beat, so where's the disagreement? I have no delusions of grandeur (or commitment to one, where did that come from), tennis is a hobby. I'd congratulate him, marvel at his skill for that age, and go on with my day. I...
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    what NTRP is this kid?

    You agree with me saying he would beat the exact level of players that I also said he would, but then you say I've underestimated him. I think he would fall in the 4.0 range, and it would depend on how well the 4.0s exploited his physical disadvantages. I play frequently with 4.5s and think I...
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    what NTRP is this kid?

    I'm a 4.0, and I've played some highly skilled 11-13 year old up-and-comers. Height is just a massive disadvantage. I have a very consistent, if not very fast, top spin serve that kicks reasonably high. It's not a big weapon even at the 4.0 level, but against these kids it's brutal. The same...
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    Doomed to being just a 3.5 NTRP player?

    From my own experience over-thinking can be extremely counterproductive. I started playing as an adult and was quickly competitive at 3.5. I got spoiled by the improvement, and I plateaued. I got absolutely obsessed with why I wasn't getting better faster, and it really hurt my game as well as...
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    How noisy is a Lobster Elite?

    Congrats on deciding Jennifer. You said exactly what I've been thinking, that if I went for the Elite 3 I might as well get the Elite IV. I'm still really debating whether or not I need just basic oscillation vs the fully random feature, so my decision is down the the Elite 1 vs Elite IV...
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    Poll: The Wrist Snap; autonomic or deliberate

    Interesting... I've been rebuilding my serve on the advice of coaches. The main criticism is that I tense up and don't allow myself a full racquet drop. To fix this I've been doing the ultra loose, 2 fingers on the racquet serving drill. The idea being if my grip is loose I need to use the...
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    11oz vs 12oz with identical Swingweights

    I've always used 12oz racquets, but lately I've tried a couple slightly lighter ones with similar swingweights to what I'm used to. My current racquet is a Prince Speedport Tour (12oz, 335sw), and my previous was an n6.1 95. I've really enjoyed hitting with the Prince Ignite Team and the...
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    Lobster Elite 3 and Tennis Tutor Player Questions

    To those with the Lobster Elite 2 and up, is the vertical oscillation useful? I've heard it can't vary depth all that well because it will start shooting into the net.
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    Federer losing motivation at Masters just as Sampras did after Wimbledon 2000

    I also think other players have an easier time playing loose at smaller events. Beating Roger at a slam is a much bigger deal, and not many players have that champion's mental toughness for the big stage.
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    Any Prince Speedport Tour users out there?

    Unfortunately I haven't used either of those since I've been a pretty faithful SP Tour user. I can only compare it to some older racquets. I originally switched because I was looking for basically a slightly lighter and easier to use Wilson 6.1 95 type racquet. The listed TW spec was 11.7...
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    Any Prince Speedport Tour users out there?

    I've been using it since it was released, and I don't really get why it didn't catch on. I think it's a fantastic racquet, so I think maybe it was the boring cosmetics.
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    Whoa, new Prince EXO3 racket

    Speedport Tour replacement?
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    Unstrung specs estimate

    I ordered a Speedport tour and asked for the specs marked so I could buy another if I liked it. I do, but they marked the strung specs. Can anyone venture an decent estimate for the unstrung specs of this strung racquet? The strung specs are 11.9 ounces, 332 swingweight strung with full Cyber...
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    Racquet matching question

    I ordered a couple Speedport Tours and requested that they be measured in case I'd like to snag a couple more before you sold out completely. Unfortunately I forgot to mention to measure before stringing, and they came measured strung. Now I'm not sure what weight to request now that I want to...
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    Speedport Tour, new Prince offerings

    I've been a very happy Speedport Tour user for quite a while, and I really had no intention of changing anytime soon. I was surprised to see it was being discontinued. I was wondering if anyone in the know on future Prince products can tell me if it will be replaced with something similar, or...
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    Suddenly v/interested in the TF T-fights

    I played with the 320 for about a year, and have been using the 310 for about 3 months. 310 was too light for my tastes without lead, but leaded up to about 11.8 ounces with a 335 SW it feels great. It just has more everything for me compared to the 320, including serve power and spin. I'm a...
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    Suddenly v/interested in the TF T-fights

    I've never gotten any sort of tinny/metallic feel from my 3 320's, but I also haven't experimented much with different setups. I put 3 grams of lead at 12 o'clock (stock SW is a little too low for me), and pretty much any copoly mains(I like Silverstring though), and synthetic gut crosses at 58...
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    Laserfibre Quantum

    This thread is bringing back painful memories my ms200tt order a couple of years ago. After 4 months of ridiculous excuses I did eventually get it, so there is hope!
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    Does a smaller head size cause shanking or mishits?

    My personal experience is that I don't mishit more, but I'm definitely more likely to leave more balls short on less than perfect swings.
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    Is there any benefit of using mid size frame?

    Actually, the Coriolis effect is quite small and does not effect the direction water drains. It does affect 'big' things (hurricanes). Edit: it does have an effect, but it's orders of magnitude smaller than the other dominant factors.
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    TF 320 - is the swingweight really so low??

    Been playing with TF 320's for a year now. Definitely no feel I could describe as metallic. The feel is what you'd expect from a moderately stiff box frame racquet, solid and fairly muted. I've done the TW home swingweight measurement a bunch of times on them, and it comes out on average in...
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    Video Update - actual rallies!

    Forehand looks nice, but it looks like you crowd yourself a little. Do you feel jammed often? The backhand looks like it has good potential, but it looks like you're fighting the stroke. You can tell you're making a conscious to not open your shoulders, and it looks like it's restricting the...
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    Help -- serve grip problems

    Even 'flat' serves have spin, and that's what allows you to get a reasonable percentage of first serves in. Using a forehand grip, sure you can hit it hard, but there's almost zero chance it's ever going to have any consistency at all. On top of that it will severely hinder your development of...
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    Is it proper to hit your FH's and BH's using the same side (face) of your racquet?

    BreakPoint, no one would actually do that though in practice. You seem to be thinking the only way to pronate your forearm (rotate 180 degree if you prefer) with a racquet is to hold the racquet in a half complete western forehand swing, then rotate creating a huge windshield wiper motion...
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    Best advice for going 1HBH...

    Heh, yeah the advice is spot on, just hard to make happen. If I'm in the exact right spot and well balanced, the whole torso relaxes and the arm works like a nice pendulum swinging right through the ball. Any mistake in footwork however, and something somewhere will contract to try to restore...
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    Best advice for going 1HBH...

    I have a pretty nice one hander, but I feel like it takes constant concentration to not rotate(struggle with the footwork some too). Maybe I'm fighting what comes natural? I can hit a 2hbh well, but I've never really practiced it since my coach thought my 1hbh had such potential. How do you...
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    Dunlop M-Fil 300

    I switched from the VE mid to the T-Fight 320. I loved the VE mid feel and control, but it really lacks in power. The 320 basically feels the same while swinging, but it has that extra power level when you want it. I really liked the m-fil 300 too, but I really wasn't looking to drop that...
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    Is it proper to hit your FH's and BH's using the same side (face) of your racquet?

    It's easier to just ignore a well reasoned post than refute it. Here's what I said before, and also have not seen a response, just a bunch of nonsense posts about jumping overheads, bent arms, windshield wiper strokes, and the like. If I hit with a SW forehand, and rotate one bevel over...
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    Technifibre Racquet Questions. Please Help.

    I believe they've changed with the new lines. My T-Fight 320's feel fairly similar to a Wilson/Dunlop type grip. Definitely not Volkl like.
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    Is it proper to hit your FH's and BH's using the same side (face) of your racquet?

    This thread has gone off on an orthodox vs unorthodox sidetrack, but I don't feel anyone has adequately explained why this is in any way unorthodox. If I hit with a SW forehand, and rotate one bevel over to hit my Eastern 1hbh, this results in hitting with the same side for each. As long as...