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  1. J

    Asics Court FF Novak

    Yeah just leave everything between the outsole and my foot as is. I’m hoping the changes to the outsole and upper will improve the stability and durability which I imagine might be an issue for Novak the way he plays. Durability of the outsole is something that could be better. Nasty outdoor...
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    Asics Court FF Novak

    Does this mean that the original court ff is superseded? I think I’ll be okay with it as long as they didn’t mess with the fit. I have a pair of every iteration other than the limited edition. I guess new color ways will be available as the season goes on with the grand slam style changes.
  3. J

    Making a shadow swing a reality

    Thanks. I’ll probably break down and hire a pro to work with me on that. Lucky to have Fed as a technique model.
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    Kick serve struggles

    I guess I should’ve specified understanding in a theoretical sense. If I understood it in practice I would have it. It’s a problem of semantics. I’m trying to find the physical feeling of the proper technique. Then I can try to develop some new muscle memory. The instruction is out there but...
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    Making a shadow swing a reality

    Wow Pete I have never noticed that. I guess that’s a neat trick. I honestly annoy myself with that dumb spinning crap. I’ve really got to quit doing that.
  6. J

    Making a shadow swing a reality

    Okay. Yeah I have to keep the arm up. I’m going to try to focus on a few basics when I play tomorrow.
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    Making a shadow swing a reality

    Is tp toss placement?
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    Making a shadow swing a reality

    Like the “dummy toss?” Yeah they do gradually work up to it with continuous video feedback. Don’t think I can afford to be one of their VIP students.
  9. J

    Making a shadow swing a reality

    I recently had a friend take some video of me hitting serves. There were plenty of problems I could see after reviewing what I recorded. In one of the videos I’m just doing a shadow swing which looked quite good. Sorry it’s in slow motion. I’m going to try to replicate that motion and...
  10. J

    Kick serve struggles

    I’ve been experimenting with a more extreme, (probably eastern) backhand grip which seems to help me with the swing path. I’m naturally starting with the racquet on edge and pronating to open the face at contact. I just have to make sure I have a good racquet drop and make contact while the...
  11. J

    Kick serve struggles

    I need to get a court and have my girlfriend get video of my serve. Hit some, stop and see what’s happening and make adjustments.
  12. J

    Kick serve struggles

    I was instructed by a pro to start with the half serve and just focus on hitting up. It’s very difficult to keep myself from turning into the court too soon. I really have to commit to it and for me it’s about staying sideways as long as I can before contact. I can keep the racquet “on edge”...
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    Kick serve struggles

    I will happily pay anyone with the credentials and sincere interest in helping me with my serve. Unfortunately I’m not exactly in a tennis Mecca here in Charleston, WV so finding a pro isn’t easy. Some are working at private clubs and aren’t easily accessible. I have done some limited work with...
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    Kick serve struggles

    Had a match today. It wasn’t even a conscious effort but I was getting my hips forward into my serve. Started out with an ace and it was a little surprising because of my recent struggles. There was some ebb and flow, (dropped a service game) but served out both sets. Can’t say that I was able...
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    Kick serve struggles

    Yeah it’s a constant focus though, like you my court time is down. The key is finding that adjustment to make. Going to have someone video some of my serves. I should look into an online instructor to do some video analysis. Any recommendations?
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    Kick serve struggles

    Thanks. Yeah that’s a different way of thinking about it. It’s about finding the feeling of making it happen. I do feel like a good pro would see what I’m doing wrong but there aren’t many in my area. I should do more videos.
  17. J

    Kick serve struggles

    I have been able to hit a kick serve and understand the technique though have failed to really dial it in. I think the problem is that I’m hitting the ball at the full extension of my swing. Despite the toss location and trying to stay sideways longer I’m not contacting the ball until my swing...
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