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    6 year old loves to play

    He is good for his age. There is no doubt about it. Take the next two years to work out the kinks in his strokes. Enjoy the time. Give him 2 thumbs up when he misses a shot. That's the best advice I can give you.
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    6 year old loves to play

    Let's see what your kid look like rallying yellow ball full court.
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    6 year old loves to play

    Talent evaluation can only be done after puberty.
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    6 year old loves to play

    Maybe the coach is very good at teaching.
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    6 year old loves to play

    Wait until he is 14.
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    6 year old loves to play

    Exactly. He was thought to be a tennis prodigy.
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    6 year old loves to play

    My point is don't equate stroke production to talent.
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    6 year old loves to play

    8-9 tournament playing kids.
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    6 year old loves to play

    You will see. By age 8-9, they can all play. Every parent thinks their kid is special at age 6.
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    6 year old loves to play

    You will see kids by 8-9 all have good strokes. The ones that looked good when they are 6 are no longer special. So don't get carried away. After they have strokes, the mental part comes into play and the athleticism/height becomes an important factor.
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    Selecting Junior Coach or High Performance Academy considerations

    Agrees USTA sucks. 4 game sets sucks. I started setting up my own matches with kids instead of playing in USTA events.
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    I as a junior player am starting to feel like I am burnt out, does anyone have advice for me?

    I have not met anyone who started playing at 3 and is an UTR 4 at 16. If it makes you feel better, kids that are UTR 10s are going to D1 school in the boonies and getting 1/4 scholarships.
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    On court coaching

    I say no coaching. Tennis is already expensive. Allowing coaching will benefit the rich who can afford to send their private coaches to the matches.
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    Advice for 8 year old - doesn't like Orange Ball but coach recommends to stay?

    I would fire the coach. Even if your son is losing all the matches in orange ball tournaments, I would still use regular balls.
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    groundstroke issue: spin vs. pace

    There is a sweet spot for pace and spin. About 6 months ago, I was rallying with my son and I noticed that though his groundies had good pace, they sit at the perfect waist high for the opponent to attack. You see this all the time with juniors... Those with nice looking strokes and can drive...
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    Which pro does my forehand best resemble?

    Your forehand looks like Harry from tennis spin
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    Info wanted about SSV ASAP

    Personally I think SSV is only accurate if you compare two people with proper top spin strokes. Guys like GSG will score low on this test but be rated higher in UTR.
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    Info wanted about SSV ASAP

    I've volunteered in an SSV event. You will probably be asked to keep scores and add up the points in the end. Bring a calculator. Or maybe your will be tasked to pick up balls.
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    Many Group Clinics/Programs are Breeding Grounds for Flawed Strokes

    See what I mean? You have to be super anal.
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    Many Group Clinics/Programs are Breeding Grounds for Flawed Strokes

    You see this everywhere. Lots of kids with bad strokes. Kids that have good text book strokes usually have parents who are very very anal and push too hard. I don't believe a kid can have good strokes if he sees his coach once a week.
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    Good (free) Videos for Teaching a 8 - 10 Year Old?

    I have always wondered at what point do these great base kids stopped looking like robots and start swing freely.
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    Teaching Daughter - Focus on consistency or stroke mechanics?

    I sometimes wonder if I had started my son at 6 instead of 4, he would end up at the same level as he is now. I tend to agree that after age 6, the learning is accelerated. Between 4and 6, it feels like dragging your feet through mud, a lot of work with little gain.
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    Teaching Daughter - Focus on consistency or stroke mechanics?

    Good point. I never thought of it from that angle. Most parents are not going to that extent as I did. I would say I didn't go out of the way to find the deadest balls. They might be as dead as green dots.
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    Teaching Daughter - Focus on consistency or stroke mechanics?

    He has to move his feet. Move back for high balls or take it off the bounce. It's very hard in the beginning but he eventually gets it. You have to watch the grip. Constantly reminding him not to let the ball go above his head.
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    Teaching Daughter - Focus on consistency or stroke mechanics?

    I use regular ball with my son since he was four. Never used red, orange and green. Tennis will get easier for him as he grows taller. Think about that... Do you want tennis to get easier when they grow taller? I find him only coaches who have a distain for red, orange and green.
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    Need advice

    Different tennis coaches will tell you different things. Son had a coach that said don't worry about the grips. What he is really saying is kids will have slightly different grips for different type of ball. Federer does this. But if your kid is hitting everything with western than you have a...
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    Need advice

    Grip change is difficult. It's not just the grip. It's the timing, moving to the ball, grip all rolled into one. Balls higher than his head that he could hit with extreme western, now in order to hit with semi he needs to move back more and let the ball drop lower. Need to stop competition and...
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    Uspta/ptr

    The head pro in my club is certified up the wazoo. Nice guy but terrible tennis coach. Got the head pro position because he is a nice guy.
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    Federer's old forehand

    My point is I don't think Fed adjusts his strokes to fit a racquet when he can simply adjust the racquet to fit his strokes.
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