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    Officially jumping on the heavier racquet bandwagon

    I played with both but prefer the feel of the 18x20. I strung mine with 18G Solinco Revolution at 54M/52X with 1 gram of lead at 10 and 2 (0.5 each) and a leather grip.
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    9.0 mixed doubles

    The guy in white shirt makes almost no errors, has great anticipation, shot selection and execution. He's probably not the strongest 5.0, but there's nothing on the tape that says he's couldn't be a 5.0. Pretty big gap between a low 5.0 and a high 5.0 after all. Could be a recently bumped 4.5...
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    The most lopsided example of "pretty strokes" losing to ugly hack self-taught strokes?

    Certainly agree that he doesn't have enough match experience (ball placement, approach shots down the middle). But he doesn't have great strokes either. I saw a few good FHs, but mainly because the ball happened to come into his strike zone. He simply doesn't have the anticipation and footwork...
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    You may indeed be able to beat a pusher without being able to hit on the rise. But do you know how much easier it is if you are able to? Anyway, my response was merely to highlight that people who complain about losing to pushers more often than not don't have a full toolkit, hitting on the rise...
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    4.0 still full of pushers

    Yep. Pushers are the gate keepers to 4.5. If you can't consistently beat them, you don't really have the full toolkit. How many 4.0s can consistently hit FH/BH on the rise?
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    Response to NRTP grievance request

    I think scores like this are more prevalent at the lower ratings because the gap between a player's weakness and strength can be pretty big. So if your weakness happens to play into your opponent's strength, a double bagel is certainly not out of question because the relative advantage is...
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    Response to NRTP grievance request

    How are the 2.5s who get bumped up to 3.0 doing at the 3.0 level? If they are legit cleaning the field even at 3.0, then yea I think you might have a point. Because they are probably closer to 3.5 and it's not really fun playing someone who is a full level above you. With that said, if these...
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    Reasonable swingweight?

    Statements like that are incredibly misleading, need more context, and really doesn't help anyone new trying to get into the game. Within a certain range of SW, it really depends on the player's technique and strength. I mean, we really going to tell Thiem he needs more SW? Maybe Nadal needs to...
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    Hitting more topspin - a gradual process or something just click?

    Brushing up on the ball is good advice. But still try to maintain forward momentum. Your racquet's movement is too vertical. Use more legs to help get the spin. I'd start by playing mini tennis and hitting slower balls, really exaggerating your swing to get a feel for top spin. It will click...
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    Reasonable swingweight?

    Sorry I missed it. Haven't been active here as much as I like to be. Link? Is it the one you uploaded and you are hitting with him?
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    Reasonable swingweight?

    I'd love to see it.
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    Reasonable swingweight?

    If by some miracle I could generate my typical RHS on a 390 SW racquet, I'd break my wrist. I used to think all the people here playing with 360+ SW racquets were full of crap, until I saw how they swung the ball. It's not by any means a modern FH. Which is fine. Whatever works for them, but I...
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    Tennis Club Recommendations in NOVA

    Thanks! I will take a look. Maybe I will see you out there!
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    Tennis Club Recommendations in NOVA

    Sorry for the late replies all. Been a busy week. What would be the best way to get on USTA teams? Every city I've been in, I've always known a couple other tennis fanatics that got me hooked up with the right teams so never really had to do this searching on my own. Anyone I can talk to? Sorry...
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    Tennis Club Recommendations in NOVA

    Hi all, I am moving to Arlington, VA in a couple weeks and wanted to get some suggestions for indoor clubs. I am mainly interested in playing weekend leagues/flights (singles, doubles, mixed). Unfortunately, I cannot play weekdays due to work. Looking for clubs with lots of 4.5+ players. Also...
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    Who Me? Sandbag? I Just Got Here!

    Math isn't the guy's strong suit.
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    Who Me? Sandbag? I Just Got Here!

    The guy thinks if you win more than 50% of matches, you are sandbagging. So I'd typically ignoring anything Startzel has to say on the matter of sandbagging.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Does anyone know why the TC97 Tour has a RA of 63 but the TC97 Custom has a RA of 66?
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    How accurate is TW Stringing?

    One would think that's the case...but I just got my racquets strung at 47/45 with a eCP and 1 day after stringing (I haven't even hit with it), the tension is already lower than the one shipped from TW back in mid August at 50/48. I don't have a measurement device but hitting the racquet against...
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    How accurate is TW Stringing?

    Sorry for my ignorance but what is DT? So eCP will be higher than LO, all things held equal? The interesting fact that might not have gotten across in my original post is that I had two different racquets strung at two different shops and they play the same (very little pocketing), so I find it...
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    How accurate is TW Stringing?

    Hey guys, I recently ordered 2 Pure Strike 16x19 strung by TW with Tour Bite 19G @ 50M and 48X and it is absolutely amazing. I had 2 local shops here string at the same tension, but it feels like there is no pocketing while the TW strung racquet has great pocketing. Any ideas what could be...
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    Dumbfounded

    And here comes the troll.
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    Dumbfounded

    I think others have explained it pretty well but 3.5 tennis tends to be inconsistent. Not trying to pile on, but it is what it is. Even a strong doubles pair at 3.5 will have significant weaknesses and no weapons to structure their game around. The other team probably just matched up better...
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    Dumbfounded

    Are you in a small district and what rating is this at?
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    Then go for it when you find yourself in that position. No one's stopping you. In the meantime don't be making blanket statements that everyone who is going undefeated is cheating or sandbagging. That mentality isn't going to help your game in the slightest. And it's an insult to people who...
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    Should I upload a screenshot for you? But what would be the point. You'd say I photoshopped my appeal. Guys like you are so convinced everyone else is cheating, that it can't possibly be that you are not as good as you think are. Once you are at that level of delusion, nothing anyone can do to...
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    This entire thread is you complaining about a guy with 2 losses. I am not going to call out a guy with 2 losses over 3 years as a cheater managing ratings. So if USTA doesn't bump him up, what should he do? Stop playing so you can make it to sectionals? Get real. At every level you are going to...
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    Does playing up and complaining about others being too good make you feel better? Maybe if you played at your level instead of playing up, you wouldn't think everyone is cheating. Just a thought. Yea, going 7 and 1 at 4.5, having appealed up and denied makes me a sandbagger. Got it. Like I...
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    Limiting self-rated players in Adult league postseason?

    Just FYI, I personally have no problem with preventing self-rates from playing in the postseason. It will provide a more consistent playing experience. But that consistency is still relative. A team that played in a league of 2 that would never make it to sectionals if they played in a league of...
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