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  1. Jim A

    What could the USTA do to increase participation...

    There is quite a bit of room for improvement with USTA but keeping it to leagues and tournaments I'd start with the following. Leagues: 1. A national organization needs to have a national structure for league play. - We could probably have a very long thread with people's input and insight...
  2. Jim A

    When do you expect USTA ratings to come out?

    Mine updated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Jim A

    2019 All TT Team - 3.5 Men

    My A rating will be gone for good and I’ll be back to 3.5C on Monday. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Jim A

    Official Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Thread

    I'll be ordering a couple more pairs on the 'bay soon enough. I am nearing the end of my old purple FO color way and have 3 pairs of flyknit, but I found that even sizing down a half size once they break in they get pretty sloppy in comparison to that snug fit of the traditional 9.5's. The X's...
  5. Jim A

    Chewing on something to calm nerves

    Chewing secretes cortisol which aids in being calm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Jim A

    Kyrgios wearing Black Kyries?

    They didn’t bother him the previous night in doubles..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Jim A

    4G Rough vs. ALU Rough tension differential?

    The Compare Strings tool on TWU has been a great help as I’ve tested strings lately. 4g was way too stiff for me but I found 4g soft to be a nice change from the softer poly’s I’ve used forever. Per TWU it appears that 4g rough is slightly stiffer than Alu Power Rough Sent from my iPhone...
  8. Jim A

    Foot fault in league match -- captain's job?

    We have a guy who likes to call people out for foot faulting at 3.5 as a strategy. Don’t be that guy. If you are that guy you better have some good hands Most of the time the people calling it have no idea they do it as well. I do it, my front foot will go up and back. I try to start a little...
  9. Jim A

    I'm a marketers dream - just bought a Clash

    I think the honeymoon may be over. One of our guys lost last night to a guy he drubbed 2&1 a couple weeks back. I see the run on Pure Aero’s starting again!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I'm a marketers dream - just bought a Clash

    Half my team has apparently bought the Clash.... one guy demo’d it and another few just bought it outright without even a hit. Hit with it for about 10 min but didn’t think it was life altering. Excited that more flexible racquets may be on the horizon however. Sent from my iPhone using...
  11. Jim A

    Nike Vapor X

    For me at least the biggest difference is the volume of the shoe and not width per se. My foot tends to be more high volume, which would push me towards a wider width in some models as a work around. Vapor 9.5 fit well but that volume difference is what is driving me away from the X. The Cage...
  12. Jim A

    Will Andy Murray leave Under Armour? Who will he sign with?

    Only helped them break into the running market.m. But I’m sure the internet has given you all you need to know. Good on ya Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Will Andy Murray leave Under Armour? Who will he sign with?

    You should be more familiar with the history of a company before classifying them.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Will Andy Murray leave Under Armour? Who will he sign with?

    You consider base later or Dri-fit type material clothing of to be “underwear”. ??? UA definitely didn’t start nor is an underwear company Plank researched the athletic benefits of synthetic fabrics, then designed a compression T-shirt, the first UA HeatGear shirt. The UA logo is a U layered...
  15. Jim A

    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    Half the people I played against at 4.0 in the new section were 3.5’s. I’m never getting past 4.0 but getting to midrange is a 2-3 year goal Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    At say 3.5 you have to be at a dynamic of about 3.7 to strike out. Pretty tough to get there if you are say 3.55. Your first 3 matches have to be stellar to raise it quickly and likely with someone who is waaay better than their rating and impacts you negatively Since I changed sections later...
  17. Jim A

    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    Easy if you are looking for those bumped up choose say your 3.5 league season and then select Male and 4.0 below to whittle it down. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    Guessing that 10/28 was the cutoff date [emoji23]. I’ll take it. Time to join a club and find a pro Didn’t see a lot of movement in my old section of Intermountain. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Jim A

    Mixed doubles: "but what do the guys get out of it?"

    Mixed is fun. A chance to play some competitive matches with and against friends. Plus the post match food and beverage is usually better [emoji3]. A different look for the men since most 3.5 women have a better backhand than forehand. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    Looks like they have the page ready to go and it wasn’t supposed to be “live” yet. Nice find. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Jim A

    2018 YE Ratings Hype Thread

    Awful match on 10/29 that would have likely upped me down avoided. Breathe a little easier Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Jim A

    Shoes “Dead” Before Outsoles are Worn

    This is normal with athletic shoes and impact. It’s often not about the outsole for most people. Best practice is to have a couple pairs you rotate through. Similar to a running shoe the midsole needs 24-48 hours to return to its original shape. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Shoes “Dead” Before Outsoles are Worn

    This is normal with athletic shoes and impact. It’s often not about the outsole for most people. Best practice is to have a couple pairs you rotate through. Similar to a running shoe the midsole needs 24-48 hours to return to its original shape. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Jim A

    Shoes “Dead” Before Outsoles are Worn

    This is normal with athletic shoes and impact. It’s often not about the outsole for most people. Best practice is to have a couple pairs you rotate through. Similar to a running shoe the midsole needs 24-48 hours to return to its original shape. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. Jim A

    Mid-2018 3.5 Men All TT Team

    That would be a nice problem to have. It looked dire early on but nice that I may have done enough to stay. Work travel and current in process move to AZ has just sewered me this year. I don’t think I’ve hit a single ball this month. Outside of a 4 day streak around July 4th I may have...
  26. Jim A

    Mid-2018 3.5 Men All TT Team

    I may be back next year [emoji3]. Going to be close at year end in all likelihood since you had me staying in the first place... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. Jim A

    Nike Vapor X

    Unfortunately for me, these are going back to Nike. First time since the 3.3's that I couldn't make a shoe work, oh well. The shoe just has less volume than the 9.5's from my experience. I could have gotten used to the plastic piece pushing against the outside of the foot, but overall there...
  28. Jim A

    Mile High and a Mile Long

    Cindy - happy to set up some doubles when you come back out this way. It's different here, we still see all types. The altitude is a huge factor, however I think the lack of humidity is even more of an issue for most. Especially those who travel from back east. Seen a few players go through...
  29. Jim A

    How to have enough intensity for match after day of work?

    I think most of us deal with that during League season. A couple things that help 1. Get a decent night sleep Eat decent and hydrate during the day. 2 have your stuff organized/overgrip replaced etc before you arrive. 3. You likely have a commute to the match. Start your prep at that...
  30. Jim A

    Reschedule Shenanigans.

    We basically don’t reschedule unless it’s within the rules (Weather, etc) and do ask our opponents to accommodate us. In our area you know ahead of time days of the week and time. Everything is at 6 pm and the day of the week is static. My entire team knows we have 7 weeks at 6 pm. If you...
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