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  1. tennis_balla

    The Official Angell Users Club

    Interesting, thanks. I really like the octane pj and don’t like the regular one. Hope they come out with a limited edition again that looks good.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    I had both strung with Yonex Poly Tour Strike 1.25, which is pretty stiff, at 50lbs I believe. I used that string cause I have a sponsorship with Yonex and got it for free. My fave string though is ALU Power. The TC90 would play great with Fed’s setup I think, Gut and ALU. TC90 is a racket...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    I have both, the TC90 and the black and green first gen Phantom 93P 18x20. I haven’t hit with my 93P’s in a while. To me they both needed lead tape. The 93P feels very much like an old school Prince racket. If you’re into that they’re great. To me the TC90 has the look of a Fischer Vacuum 90 but...
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    The TRUTH about tennis industry nowadays

    You might be onto something OP. I’ve also noticed a drop in quality in tennis balls but it’s not recent. I remember as a junior in the 90’s we used Wilson Championship tennis balls for tournaments, and practice. Lots of people used them, they were like the standard. They were good balls, now...
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    Ultimately don't copy the pros .... too closely

    Copy a pro players fundamentals, not their style. There’s a huge difference. Most people copy style and have no idea what they are doing. That’s where they fail.
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    It’s actually quite simple, if you’re looking to play Futures tournaments and you can‘t smoke a 16 yr old playing Grade 5 ITF Juniors 6-1 6-1, don’t even bother showing up.
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    It used to be this way back in the early 2000’s where players of rich parents would pay $5000 for a wildcard into a Challenger event, main draw. This was done a lot in tournaments in Eastern Europe. You lose first round but get your ATP point. For some this was way more economical because if you...
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    Top 10 nasty tricks, manipulations? Those happen everywhere. Go buy a car and see how manipulative a salesman can be for example. Most tennis coaches are nothing but glorified salesman. I unfortunately work with one at my club and try not to laugh and shake my head every time he runs his little...
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    Its simple, if you’re over 40 and never previously played at any professional level and your goal is to get an ATP Point, that’s nuts :laughing: I’m being very realistic here. If he had a chance to do it, he would of gotten one already. The OP has been at this for a while, and most of what I’ve...
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    In the early 2000’s you could fly to obscure places and if you’re lucky qualify or be directly in main draw cause hardly anyone arrived. Of course the following year that tournament would be packed :-D It’s good to dream but it won’t happen, its so competitive out there and lots of great...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Hey everyone, I have a TC90 in the flip flop paint job, Octane, or whatever it’s called. Got it basically new from a friend/fellow coach who ordered it and didn’t like it. What’s the difference between version 3 and version 4 besides the paint job, if any?
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    Why are the so many tennis club/academy owners/managers social manipulators bordering sociopathy?

    Interested also in hearing a proper example of what the OP means and has experienced. Isn’t the OP the one who wanted to try being a professional at 40 like 10 years ago?
  13. tennis_balla

    Greatest Tennis Lesson of All Time

    Back in Canada, been back here since fall of 2018.
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    Greatest Tennis Lesson of All Time

    It’s been a few years since this gem of a lesson was posted on here. Therefore I will once again repost it so a younger generation of members can witness it in all its glory. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the GOAT….
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Examples of failed fundamentals are improper movement to the ball, balance during the stroke, stance choice, court positioning during stroke, recovery footwork and court positioning, underdeveloped second serve, underdeveloped return of serve, no real slice backhand, bad technique on volleys and...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Thats great and all on paper, but when you are constantly correcting basic fundamental flaws other coaches messed up players games with, and convinced those players they were correct and you have to spend time showing them they’re wrong, its not always fun. I’d much rather take what a good coach...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    When you finally make it as a coach, or player, you join a secret society. The drills are way different, stuff no one else has seen except those at the top. There’s even a secret handshake to let everyone know you’re part of the club. But you don’t talk about the club.
  18. tennis_balla

    What kind of player is GSG (MEP)?

    Winner!! (Your post, not sureshs forehand or game) :laughing:
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    Open stance was being taught as early as 1987

    Open stance was around a lot longer than that, however not many coaches taught it to their students or rather it was regarded as something only pros do, unfortunately. Here‘s Andre Agassi in 1989, wearing pants!!, and playing against Lendl. Check out the open stance backhands.
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I believe in where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, who I’ve coached with etc.
  21. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Ash is in the UK so it’s a different mentality for training and coaching in Europe. Having lived and coached in Europe myself for a bit over 7 years, the goal for the majority of juniors is not NCAA.
  22. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    So you’re admitting you’re speaking about things you have no personal experience in. That was the whole point of me questioning what you typed. You’re not wrong in some cases, but I knew the way you wrote it that you’re just repeating what you’ve heard others say.
  23. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    So no personal ATP coaching experience. Got it.
  24. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Again, are you talking about personal experience with top/high performance players or just things you’ve seen at tournament, videos online and tv? I’m asking this honestly because although there are problem players are almost uncoachable on the tour, and their results reflect that, that’s not...
  25. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Here’s the ATP coaching video I was talking about. Wawrinka and his coach mic’ed up.
  26. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I wrote that out wrong, just reread it. I meant when watching other players. My bad. They can spot faults in other peoples games, but not know how to fix it.
  27. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I’ve worked at tennis academies. One was third largest in US, another I just helped out for a few week, small program but amazing players. Visited a bunch as well, I know the drill. Although you are correct, personally I don’t see a problem with top players getting reduced rates etc. At the...
  28. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    The example given is your first hand experience?
  29. tennis_balla

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Most rec/club players know what they are doing wrong, that’s easy to spot. Anyone who’s been playing tennis for a short while can tell you what you’re doing wrong. Almost everyone here who responds to video threads asking for advice on serve, forehand etc know what the player is doing wrong. How...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    The online coaching someone referred to earlier is good, but then it’s not. It’s a great way to help someone out who maybe doesn’t have access to coaches in their area or there are no good coaches where they live or can’t afford lessons. The problem with online coaching videos is that sooner...
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