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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    If one doesn't have good speed to catch up to the ball I think one should stand as close as eyesight, reaction, and skills allow. Would Federer and Nadal both have been able to get to serves down the middle if they were closer to the service line? Lets see! Roger doesn't react until Nadal's...
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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    Ok, I'll consider that wisdom. Right now the one person I've tried it against does usually try to hit a winner but he's running hard so it's not an easy shot for a 3.5. He's yet to return it as a lob ... I guess he's not really a touch, or even doubles, player so that's got to be part of the...
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    Why not play at the service line on second serves?

    This is actually two questions: (1) I am a 3.5 and I find it much easier to field serves when standing near the service line simply because one only has to move six feet each way to return the serve. Sure, you have less time to react but that doesn't make much difference if you're already...
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    Federer forehand slow motion

    Federer forehand ... he's not turning through with his shoulders and hips ... he plants his leading foot, weight off the back foot ... and it's the arm that's doing the work (cause it doesn't take much cause it's a tennis ball, not a baseball). Have you ever practiced against a wall? It returns...
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    Federer and Nishikori forehand

    Federer forehand ... he's not turning through with his shoulders and hips ... he plants his leading foot, weight off the back foot ... and it's the arm that's doing the work (cause it doesn't take much cause it's a tennis ball, not a baseball). Have you ever practiced against a wall? It returns...
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    Ask The Hitman

    Dear Hitman, how does one estimate '80% intensity'? IOW, how does one know the difference between the effort needed to be in the zone of optimizing gains vs. going too far. extra points: How could Kevin Durant have made a better judgement to stay out of the game?
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    Serve Motion Problems/Elbow

    Although I'm not quite sure what's wrong with the pose in your photos I'll offer this which might give you better feedback about what's wrong ... try to keep your arm moving at a constant speed. That is, become more aware if your stopping at the bottom of the swing arc (racket pointing down)...
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    best dry spray

    https://www.dryhands.com/ - half the price of retail.
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    Celebration of the Sages

    Why not offer a clue so we're not as completely in the dark as you are?
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    Celebration of the Sages

    What does that mean?
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    Celebration of the Sages

    An off-the-cuff idea looking for someone to send it to someone who knows someone who can make it happen. There were three Battle of the Sexes, the second (King beats Riggs) viewed by an estimated 90 million people around the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Sexes_(tennis)...
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    How many matches do you play?

    "However, I still strongly disagree with the logic that winning on a legitimate team cannot be celebrated." (Who said otherwise?) "If we're being serious, I can't imagine even 1% of all USTA league players are actually at their "physical limit" I stated 'if they're not physically limited' ...
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    How many matches do you play?

    No problem ... fair question. It's different because the skill difference between levels isn't linear. Most everyone who is a 3.0 can go to 3.5 if they're not physically limited. Few can go from 4.5 to 5.0. So a 65+, 3.0, going to nationals is certainly a real accomplishment. But a 45YO...
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    How many matches do you play?

    I would have more understanding for the desire to win if this was a 4.5 team. But a 3.0 team with the goal of reaching nationals is slightly absurd if you're not 65+. Otherwise a better goal for the team would be to get people to complete at 3.5. What is the ego that comes with telling someone...
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    How many matches do you play?

    Is that too much to ask? Why allow someone to join without tryout if there's little intent to play them? My best guess is to fulfill an implicit quota. If you can have up to 25 on a team then why not accept any qualified person.
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    How many matches do you play?

    WhiteOut, that's my expectation as well and it's good to know it's actually done that way. Matthew ATX, also reasonable. Thank you. (I asked the question because I joined a team, first time with any league, was available to play every week, and now in week 4 I asked why I hadn't be chosen and...
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    How many matches do you play?

    I'm curious to know: - how many matches you will likely play in your 10-week USTA adult league - singles or doubles. - if you team has any in-person meetings or practice before the season starts to meet new team members and surmise their real-world skill. - how team members are selected for matches.
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    Sunglasses ... Yes, No & Which?

    I'll try a golf visor first. Thanks for that ... forrest for the trees.
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    Sunglasses ... Yes, No & Which?

    Hi, I don't wear glasses and have never owned sunglasses but now I'm starting to play outside I'd like to know my options past the dollar store. The little research I've done indicates that green is the best tint. Green: Green tints filter some blue light and reduce glare, while offering high...
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    Best on-court towel

    Boom. Thank you. A serious answer. Purchased.
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    Best on-court towel

    I see... Pros' Racquets and Gear ... wrong section. Please invent self-cooling towels.
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    Best on-court towel

    Fence is a good idea ... never thought of it because it's covered in tarp. Why is this the wrong section? I have half-size normal towels and they're cumbersome. This is not a mountain, it's a molehill and I'm just asking if anyone's noticed a small and high absorbent towel as there are so...
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    Yonex EZONE (2018)

    It's green and not posted. Please private message me.
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    Best on-court towel

    Few of us have the luxury of having a ball-person to bring us a towel between points. So I'd like to have something in my pocket ... a washcloth, large handkerchief, shop towel, terry cloth towel, bar mop, kitchen towel ... is there a best choice?
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    Yonex EZONE (2018)

    I concur Zero ... now I can conquer. After a month with the racket I'm reiterating how great the eZone is. I was quite reluctant to move away from the DR98 as it was so 'comfy' but now it's harder to hit the DR98 ... so it's for sale ... 4 1/4 ... 8/10 condition. New 58lb. NXT. Furthermore...
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    Yonex EZONE (2018)

    Update ... I put a vibration dampener on the EZone 98 ... it's quite an incredible ... strong... racket. If you want power it's a great choice. If you want comfort the DR 98 is great ... get one used on ****.
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    Roger's Forehand • Three Frame Analysis

    I don't understand the point of your reply. What are you trying to say here? You are right or wrong? I don't really care. Yea ... the gravity part of 'center of gravity' is a bit hard to avoid. Whatever your path energy's gonna be conserved. You can land quickly with more force or be...
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    Roger's Forehand • Three Frame Analysis

    Ok, how does this land ... it doesn't matter how you swing, what matters is that there is balance when swinging. You can be closed, open, jump, run whatever you like ... all kinds of way to contort...
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    Volleys: Can you see the spin of the ball as it crosses the net?

    https://www.patcash.co.uk/2018/08/how-to-watch-ball-like-pro-tennis/#what-watch-ball-means "Frequently asked questions: Should you keep your head still during a shot? Yes. Generally speaking you should try and keep your head still during a shot. (((Agree ... your body should ideally be acting...
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