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    Moving to San Francisco

    I've been spoiled w/ year round tennis on public courts in Texas but there's a great opportunity for work in SF. Planning to work and live in Noe Valley or Westwood area. Looking for tips on where to play? How is tennis in the winter? How often are you rained out? If I need to join a club...
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    Info. re. Houston tennis clinics / mixers

    Hi, I'm looking at travelling to Houston frequently over the next couple of months. I was hoping to find info re. tennis clinics/ workouts / doubles mixers etc. I would like to avoid joining a country club and b/c of my work schedule and would like something I can drop into or pick up a...
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    Tips on Dealing w/ Short/Sharp angles

    Mainly in singles, on the ad side, sometimes I'll get a slice BH that lands around the service line and carries out into the doubles alley. Running up, I'm not sure what the best response is? Return crosscourt and retreat to the baseline? Approach DTL and take a position at net? hit a drop...
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    Volkl V1 Classic; starting

    There are 4 pairs of grommet holes in the throat of the frame, so I believe the first loop starts at the head of the frame, and the first pull is towards the throat/bottom? This is for a 2-piece string job if it makes a difference? Haven't strung something new in a while :) Thanks.
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    Chip & Charge strategy tips

    I don't see much on this on Youtube for singles players. There's videos of Sampras doing it but it's pretty low resolution. I was hoping for guidelines/suggestions from more experienced players. I'm familiar w/ the basic motion from playing doubles, but in singles, I'm not sure how often to...
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    Switching to S&V --> New racquet time?

    I've started playing regularly again and taken some lessons to get rid of some wasted movements and finding I really enjoy playing the net. I know it's probably not the best for the pros but for an amateur like me, it's a lot of fun. I enjoyed it in doubles, so now I'm doing it in singles...
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    Jump Roping @#$@#%

    I've gotten out the Ultra Speed cable jump rope which I bought in 2011 and am learning to use it. One thing I notice is perhaps because of lack of use, the cable has a lot of memory and often forms tangles. I know some of my difficulties come from learning a new skill, but when the rope...
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    Wickmayer's racquet

    Just curious, TW has Yanina Wickmayer as playing w/ the 2012 Babolat Pure Drive, but the Donnay shop has a 100th Anniversary edition Yanina Wickmayer stick! Has Donnay been around for a century making tennis racquets? Is the Donnay Wickmayer a Pure Drive clone since that's the direction...
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    Pure Drive Roddick Stringing Pattern

    http://www.babolat.com/media/tennis/stringing_pattern/Pure_Drive_Roddick.pdf I've been a Yonex user all my stringing life. I prefer 2 piece stringing. I'm not sure if I'm reading the schematic correctly: 1) Is the first pull on the mains at the top/head of the racquet? 2) Are they...
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    TW Racquet reviews/serving

    I've looked through a few video reviews. I find I can get a good impression of the reviewer's ability by looking at their groundstroke spin/pace in different vids. On the serve though it's harder for me to tell. Are you all taking it easy serving during these reviews. Chris is in a lot...
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    Donnay x-p dual silver ext

    I tried combing through the 70 pages of xp thread and thought I'd just ask here since the donnay site has a sale. Has anyone used it. Is this the same frame tw has listed as x-p white ext? The pj look similar. I'm a 4.0 player 50/50 singles and doubles. Western fh and ohbh. How is the...
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    Pinky off the grip

    I've been retooling my game. At times using the wall, I liked my strokes, but couldn't replicate that feeling in match play. I noticed today that at the wall I end up slipping my pinky off the handle... I tried it rallying w/ a person for 30-40 minutes and it seemed nice. I found this...
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    CoPoly Life: Hours playing vs. sitting in closet

    If I use a CoPoly, it'll probably be as a cross. I realize this is not as advantageous as having the CoPoly in the mains. I've read a bit about changing out CoPoly before they die. Does this also apply to strings in the crosses? Because of my work, I may have to leave a racquet strung w/...
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    Post match rituals/unwinding

    Besides stretching, eating, and taking a shower, what do you do to decompress after a "big" match? I find I have a hard time sleeping that night (keep reliving points) and when I have to play the next day start of really sluggish. Do you do anything different based on whether you win or...
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    asics shirts/shorts

    Hi I really like ASICs for their shoes; does anyone have experience comparing their apparel to Nike/Federer in terms of durability, feel/fit, sweat/moisture management? http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Asics_Mens_Fall_Court_Crew/descpageMAASICS-AMFCC.html
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    Tourna stringmeter advice

    I'm trying to be more objective in managing my gear. I understand that the stringmeter just measures the tension/deflection of each string rather than the stringbed. I usually measure and average the 6 mains and 4 center crosses. I think I've been doing a better job of getting the adjacent...
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    Switching b/w Singles and Doubles Returns

    I've started playing more singles to get ready for a tournament but when I played a fun match of doubles recently I was disappointed in my returns (kept putting it over the middle). For those who routinely play both singles/doubles how do you go about calibrating your returns? I even went to...
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    CoPoly affecting spin on Groundstrokes vs. Serve

    I happened to find a set of Polyfibre hitec 16g string and strung it up at 30# mains w/ ProSupex Spiral flex 30# in crosses. My usual setup is my last reel of Laserfibre Laserlite XL strung at 50/45. I alternated playing each set w/ my regular racquet and hybrid racquet. The good news is...
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    Stringing higher tensions; racquet stretch

    Lately I've started paying more attention to how I string. I've also gone up on tension from 40s to 60 and I've noticed that the hoop of the racquet is stretched out nearly a finger tip away from the 12'oclock mount. I don't know if this is normal and always occurred; because of the higher...
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    Score keeper

    Have you ever come across anyone using this: http://www.amazon.com/Score-One-Tennis-Scorekeeper-Clip/dp/B0006GRGL4/ref=sr_1_33?s=racquet-sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1339809357&sr=1-33 It has a 4 1/2 star rating. I was thinking of getting one to intimidate my opponents, but I'm not sure what to...
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    Drop weight lever markings scratched off

    Hi, the sticker with the tensions has is being scratched off the dropweight lever. Does anyone know where I can buy a replacement. For what it's worth, it's an Alpha Pioneer DC+. Thanks.
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    Trying CoPolys again?

    Well, I'm down to my last sets of Laserfibre Lasertour 17. I've recently also added lead to the racquet to make it more stable at net against some big hitters and have discovered that with the same swing speed it's harder to keep the ball in play with my serves/ground strokes (volleys...
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    Developing All court game; how to gamble with S&V

    I've been making myself s&V 1st and 2nd serves to become more confident in adding that to my game. Recently I got to hit with a guy who returns well and usually kills my serve (his own serve is not too strong so we are fairly matched. Because his return is so strong I didn't come in every...
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    BLX Pro staff 6.1 90 serve

    Hi, I'm a 4.0 player and am moving towards more s&v in singles and especially in doubles. I just started a demo and two days into it I really like how I hit my 1h-BH w/ it compared to my regular racquet. I also feel it may also be a better fit for net play as it's a lot easier for me to...
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    What a cruel game...

    I've always known tennis to be a mentally tough game, but as I've started to improve, I'm finding the cruelest part is that I don't get to enjoy my own shots! I'm learning it's less productive to watch the ball off my racquet following its flight. It leads towards being flat footed and out of...
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    Chip and Charge in Doubles

    I like to chip/charge in doubles (and do it in singles as well). However, I'm finding against the better teams the server comes in and is hitting his first volley from a better/closer position than I. Likewise in singles, on the rare situations where I've come across people who like to s&V...
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    Drills to develop split step

    Hi, I started playing tennis in my 20s and as I'm relearning my game and improving in the 4.0 league I find I really need to split step to be balanced for volleys. I've seen videos and I understand the benefits of a split step, but whenever I get into a match it goes along the wayside. I...
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    Drop Volley in Doubles

    I've started practicing s&v in singles and am finally developing a decent drop volley. Previously I'd tried to hit those as shots that just cleared the net and then died... now I'm hitting the ball 1-2 feet over the net but with a good amount of backspin that I'm able to win a lot of points...
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    moving from ASICS GR 2

    Hi, I've had great luck w/ ASICS Gel Resolutions. Sadly my stock of GR2s is down to the last pair... I've seen the reviews on GR3s to be a mixed bag and was wondering what kind of shoes to transition towards? Is there a Nike equivalent in terms of fit? I had Addidas barricades and while...
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    Reverse Forehand Help

    Hi, I'd appreciate some help w/ developing this shot. I'm a 4.0 lefty and have a solid FH overall. I'd like to learn to use the Reverse FH to deal w/ two situations. 1) Being pulled wide and having to hit a passing shot w/ a lot of topspin on the run. 2) Getting a short ball on the AD...
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