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    Serve tips!

    Do you feel after watching my last video that staying sideways is still worth concentrating on above all else?
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    Serve tips!

    Hi guys, it has been a few weeks so thought I would update. Video below is from this morning. I had a bit of a breakthrough a couple weeks ago when a coach told me to “ignore everything else” and only focus (for now) on a slightly higher toss and keeping my head and gaze locked on the ball...
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    What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

    I recently rediscovered some music from my childhood that my mother used to play all the time. Perhaps not well known outside of the Latin world, but it gives me such nostalgia. The artist is Joan Manuel Serrat, one of his best linked below (in Catalan). The title of the song translates to “Now...
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    Band of brothers to the pacific to the skies

    There are great stories in the history of all nations, sometimes for causes that were not great, or very much not great. Canada is certainly no exception to that. Am looking forward to seeing this series and hope it does the airmen justice. I am a good friend of a very successful author who...
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    I hate doubles when...

    I play with some older guys and one partner is literally all or nothing, winners or unforced errors (mostly the latter). It amounts to watching someone else play bad tennis. There is some racquet throwing involved also.
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    Serve tips!

    I noticed that as well…not a full on waiters tray but heading uncomfortably in that direction. As the acceleration begins I can see I have already partially opened up the face and aren’t truly edge on. That can be tomorrow’s focus! Today I did largely what I did yesterday but remembering to get...
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    Serve tips!

    That sounds like one of the Feel Tennis progressions that I used to get going initially, but perhaps I should revisit. That would be starting from the racquet drop position, edge up.
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    Serve tips!

    I zipped out for an hour to see what impact delayed / deemphasized rotation would have on the swing and pronation geometry. I don’t think I see a miracle here, but then again I didn’t fully succeed in staying sideways either. But, it did feel really good to make flat contact from this body...
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    Roland Garros puts Djokovic-Nadal at night, but available to all, not just Amazon Prime subscribers

    Ugh, just subscribed to Peacock to watch some of the last round matches and it turns out there is a hole in their coverage which excludes the QFs today. Unbelievable.
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    Serve tips!

    I always rolled my eyes at the serve from sitting position (knees or on a chair) drills but it occurred to me that doing so would force my lower half out of the equation. What do you think of that drill for this particular challenge and does anything else along those lines jump out at you?
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    Serve tips!

    Pumpkin I do think you’re on to something…a general over-rotation and ultimate positioning at contact which, gasp, has me facing the target. I think this ripples through into the contact position and the pronation geometry as well. I understand I need to be facing (at contact) somewhere more...
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    Serve tips!

    Pumpkin, how different is what you’re getting at from the idea of “not staying sideways long enough”, or “over-rotation”? I will admit that one thing I have seen across all the videos is that I am more or less facing forward at contact, whereas Tomaz (the feel guy) and others recommend only...
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    Serve tips!

    I think the problem is well understood and beyond dispute…the solution is not. Since I am not in any discomfort am going to keep playing. Perhaps this problem can only be addressed by a coach…at least when it’s on my dime I can insist on our focus being on solving instead of admiring the problem.
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    Serve tips!

    I could probably manage to rage smash some balls into the ground. Next tip: “now do something in between your current stroke and hitting it into the ground!” :eek:
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    Serve tips!

    Only focusing on the fist grip and getting used to the slightly different geometry involved….
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    What NTRP level is this?

    I can’t watch without SwingVision editing the downtime.
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    Serve tips!

    I had some small hope that the fist grip would alter the arm-racquet angle at contact issue and it didn’t, and it didn’t really help the wrist action either. So not unexpected but it seems a bigger tear down is needed if I want it to be much better. I guess I have to decide if I want to live...
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    Serve tips!

    Can you tell if my wrist orientation starts cattywampus from the very beginning? I remember starting to point the hitting surface slightly upward during the initiation of takeback (no doubt from some youtube video). Pretty sure I am not using an extreme grip….just continental with maybe an...
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    Serve tips!

    Thanks, I had been thinking that to reach the preferred contact point I needed to get it out there even further to the right, but it seems that isn’t the case. It definitely comes more naturally to do as you suggest but will try rainbowing it a bit further into the court.
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    Serve tips!

    Yes, I didn’t say it very well but the forearm-racquet angle thing is what I was trying to get at when I said contact position. I will go back to more of a fist grip and see what that brings. Dragy it is amazing your grasp of English to pick up on that….first or second language?
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    Serve tips!

    I stayed off the court last two days and did nothing but pronation drills. Here is a full basket today. I see that I go from string facing left before contact to strings facing right after contact, so I think that part is well. Results were a bit more speed but lost some consistency which I...
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    Recreational Matchplay Feedback

    Hooked up with a younger more proficient and athletic player (he has a 30 percent win rate in a San Diego 4.5 league) and held my own in a couple casual practice sets. Well maybe more than held my own, taking both sets (7-6, 6-4). I am the white guy in gray longsleeves and these are some of my...
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    Serve tips!

    Am interested in knowing more about the head not moving in the right direction. Will agree those frame by frames look, gulp, unusual.
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    Serve tips!

    The Swing speeds are definitely off. The owner has admitted they generally understate the speed (at least 10% low) because it averages the speed of the ball in flight rather than peak speeds, and I agree at times it shows some really high rates that don’t feel particularly deserved. The issue...
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    Serve tips!

    Feels great actually… feel at contact is excellent (except for the mishits) as is the sound. Really, they are both much improved over the last week.
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    Serve tips!

    It is very tempting to just post my best, but gonna keep it real and unedited. Here is one of my last baskets for this session. I can see the toss is still not optimally placed in my “wheelhouse” every time, but moving it a bit to the right has helped a ton and I will keep trying to migrate it...
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    Serve tips!

    I have made a lot of progress this week since I originally posted. Perhaps I will post today‘s practice after SwingVision finishes processing, but retrospectively I think the best advice I got here was “toss in the right place”. The reason is that some portion of my “problems” stem from a bad...
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    Serve tips!

    Yeah I don’t want to deal with an impingement, and I see what you mean about that aspect of my technique is not fundamentally changed (yet). I will check back in next week.
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    Serve tips!

    Got in a groove today. Grip, yes. Knee bend, a little, Toss, improving. Not contacting quite at the right angle (pointing up). Still foot faulting. But I am tapping into a new power source….could it be ISR?
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