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    My league partner coaches too much

    its often difficult to determine the difference between "communication" and "coaching" when playing with a new partner. z
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    My league partner coaches too much

    ptminh go back to the baseline if you partner has a weak return and pops the ball up to the opposing net person z
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    My league partner coaches too much

    yeah let them "eat a fuzz sandwich" from your floater return, then they might get the message. but if you care about your partner, tell them to go back to the baseline. nothing wrong with two back z
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    My league partner coaches too much

    TP often times "helpful hints" can be construed as criticism. perhaps you need to "tell" him to stop coaching as you find it distracting. tell the captain, you dont think you guys make a good team. you dont need to provide details unless he asks for specifics. most captains will just try to...
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    I'm the problem partner.

    ktx sounds like you put too much pressure on yourself, and brought your level down. you need to relax and not take things so seriously and try to have fun give your team a couple of more matches, and dont take things so intensely. perhaps play some practice matches, where there isnt any pressure...
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    Wilson Pro Labs: Blade Pro Official Thread

    i strung my BP 18x20 v7 and v8 at 49#. seems like with the cold weather 45# might be better. Here in the SF BayArea weather is warming up so the 49# is just fine. if there is a cold spell i will have to drop them down to 45#. i use Solinco HyperG 17 and TourBite 17, TB is a bit stiffer, but...
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    Played a practice small set against LEFTY

    being right handed, you have to make a slight adjustment with your court positioning on return of serves, accounting for the spin of the ball which is opposite from that of a right handed player. once a rally starts, lots of ball go to your backhand from their forehand. if you lob, make sure...
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    Racket to transition to modern game

    Tazz i transition from the PS97 to the Blade 98, then to the Blade 98 Pro. perhaps i gave up a little power for more control but i seem to like it. i use Tour Bite and Hyper G you might try the Blade 98 Pro v8 16 x19 to see if gives you what you want z
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    Underhanded serves: does tennis need a balk rule?

    you have to be prepared in tennis. my wife did that underhand serve in a 10 point tiebreak USTA Ladies match on match point, as she had gotten the "yippes" and DF on the previous point the opponent promptly dumped return into the net. her opponent was really mad, talking to everyone on...
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    What if i dont change the groomets?

    probably you need to find extra grommets, but again it depends on the stringer and the wear from your string type as grommet replacement varies. i have had to replace grommets after a couple of string jobs to going through 10 string jobs without grommet replacement. probably if you use...
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    Wilson Pro Labs: Blade Pro Official Thread

    i just took half the leadtape off and restrung all my Blade 98 Pros and seem to play with more consistency and control. Power hasnt dropped off, maybe it increased, as i can whip and follow through faster. anyway i will remeasure the swingweight and specs, when i have time, but now i am having...
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    been using Tour Bite 17g@49# seems to work for me z
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    took half of the leadtape off of all the Blade 98 Pros 18x20 it changed the racquets so swingweight dropped into the 340 range i must be getting old, as i am playing a lot better especially with the serve as i have more pace on my shots the BP98 v8 is still a bit more head heavy, once i settle...
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    Do you run into Stallers?

    of course, this is during social games, i would use a stopwatch that times to fractions of a second during league play z
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    Do you run into Stallers?

    yeah i guess i am a staller. younger guys that i play with complain when i take more than 30 seconds between points and more than 90 seconds during the changeovers. i tell them, "give me a break, i am old" when i play guys older than me, no one ever complains z
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    Trouble finding singles partners

    shouldnt be that difficult, as i thought tennis is a big deal in Florida. you should try a tennis meetup or join a local municipal tennis club. here in the SF BayArea, its pretty easy to find a singles game. i have dont have problems, as i am a senior, and can find singles players, but having...
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    Another pickleball rant...

    i played at the local park where the "picklers" took over 2 of the 4 tennis courts. the tennis teaching pro took one tennis court, but we were fortunate enough to get the remaining "unlined for pickleball" tennis court. as we started tennis at 8am, i was suprised to see the "picklers" in...
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    Is the Wilson Blade V8 18x20 retail still?

    fyi i got the regular blades normal retail, the blade pros online from the Wilson website z
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    Is the Wilson Blade V8 18x20 retail still?

    Not sure if you are refering to the Blade 98 v8 or Blade Pro 98 v8 Pro. the Pro model is only sold online. Pricing seems to reflect the market conditions, and seem to be going up, but there was a sale on the website in July for 20% off but that was shortlived and i missed it. Seems like...
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    A Pickleball confession

    suresh its definitely true the learning curve for pickleball is pretty short, while tennis takes a while to develop a game. pickleball is for old people who can no longer run. z
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    ******* 3.5 Over 40 Sectionals

    sounds like a clear case of assault if she struck him with the racquet and drew blood. why didnt the police arrest her? did he say he slipped and fell and thats how he cut himself when all the witnesses said they saw her strike him with the racquet. that woman should be locked up! z
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    ******* 3.5 Over 40 Sectionals

    did she strike one of them with her racquet? if so, was he injured? or did he just laugh it off. or did he just take the racquet away from her? maybe he made some inappropriate comments? lots of reasons for this to happen. sounds like "very competitive" tennis. z
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    How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

    CS sorry didnt see the entire thread. looks like you are on your way. well, good luck on your hip replacement z
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    How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

    CS i think if you are not in a lot of pain, just the normal body aches that go away the next day or so, i would not do anything. if you have chronic pain that affects your lifestyle, perhaps you should consider a hip replacement, but i would exhaust all other possiblities first. that being said...
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    Electrolyte supplementation

    i perspire a lot, i think i can outdo rafa, too bad i dont play like him. but in the sweat department, i am the champion. people have recommended pickle juice, eat a bag of salty chips etc etc when its hot, i usually take electrolyte tablets, specifically Hammer endurolytes extereme...
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    Live by the Blade...Die by the Blade...

    i found that the BPv8 18s20 is a lot different SW wise than the BPv7 18x20s still moving the leadtape around to get them to have the same "feel" and "balance" z
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    Blocking fast serves - racquet characteristics?

    pico when i can block a fast serve, its usually that i can tell where the ball is going and i can get the racquet solidly on the ball. its almost a volley from behind the baseline. for spin serves or kickers, you have to anticipate where its going and provide some of your own pace, whether...
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    Another pickleball rant...

    at the park i occasionally play at, there are 4 tennis courts, 2 lined for "pickleball" during the summer, an instructor takes the two tennis courts for private lessons and kids clinics. he is sanctioned by the city parks and rec department. so we play on one of the courts with additional...
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    line calls and nations

    Tennis4008 i dont understand how they can make a bad call if the ball is two feet in, unless when playing doubles they were using the singles lines. usually at sectionals, there are roving officials who will overrule "questionable" line calls. anyway, your team should have asked for...
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