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    Partial Scholarships to Evert, Macci, IMG, Saddlebrook etc?

    TennisCoachFLA, thanks for the insight and response. If you don't mind hazarding a rough guess, would a TennisRecruiting ranking of 25 merit any kind of discount at places like Evert/IMG/Saddlebrook? Or, are there just too many other intangibles that go into evaluating a junior (for...
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    Partial Scholarships to Evert, Macci, IMG, Saddlebrook etc?

    This question is about USTA 12s, 14s, 16s players who train at an 'elite' academy in Florida. Specifically, I'm referring to the juniors who train 4-5 hours/day, typically homeschooled. Who is paying FULL price at these elite academies? What does it take to earn a % discount off the crazy...
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    The harder she hits, the worse the results: G12s

    I just watched a video at tennisplayer.net where Landsorp explains that the common windshield wiper forehand you see in the juniors (the deep topspin hit that crosses 6-7 above the net) is actually a serious liability in late G16s. While he understands the need to hit this loopy ball to...
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    The harder she hits, the worse the results: G12s

    Thanks! You guys have brought up a couple really great points that will make an immediate difference: 1) When she's pulled out wide or out of position, she always drives the ball at 100% instead of hitting something with some air under it. As a result, she never really recovers her court...
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    The harder she hits, the worse the results: G12s

    Thanks for the replies and for the suggestions! I like the advice about mixing in some drop shots and short angles, it'll take some time though, short angles are tough shots. I feel like some bigger issue is at the core of her troubles. I look at the courts around me, and I see a lot of...
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    The harder she hits, the worse the results: G12s

    My (almost) 11 yr old daughter plays an aggressive, non-moonballing game. She stands almost on top of the baseline and frequently takes it off the rise. She has great timing, clean strokes, and keeps her ball consistently at 3/4 court. However, the harder she hits the ball, the quicker she...
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    What size grip for an 11 yr old?

    Absolutely, ultimately you choose a grip size by trying a bunch of differents sizes. Ultimately, I'm trying to understand why Nadal is in 4 1/4 and Federer is in 4 3/8 and yet most 12s juniors with WAY smaller hands are ALSO in 1/4 and 3/8 grips.
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    What size grip for an 11 yr old?

    Higher level-USTA junior, 11 years old, normal height and weight. Is 4 3/8 too large? Is 4 even too small? What do most normal-sized USTA 12s players use?
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    10 yr old racquet: Weight, Swingweight, or Balance?

    He has the most compact FH of anyone I've ever seen playing B12s. Most boys his age take the racquet head at least somewhat (if not entirely) behind their backs. His racquet head stays entirely on the right side of his body (as seen from standing behind him). It sounds like his current...
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    10 yr old racquet: Weight, Swingweight, or Balance?

    I am looking for a more powerful racquet for an 10 1/2 yr old boy who plays higher-level USTA events with fairly decent success using a 1 handed backhand and a very whippy & compact forehand. He's been having trouble keeping his forehands deep. I am looking for a racquet that's more powerful...
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    What does it take to be a champion?

    We could argue about Shiskina's stroke technique: some might say it's "good," while others might say "typical" or "nothing special." I hope we all agree though, that Shiskina and other top-level 12's and 14's aren't winning because of their amazing strokes or shot-making. They're winning...
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    What does it take to be a champion?

    Shiskina's video demonstrates everything you need to know about winning junior tennis: FITNESS, MOVEMENT and ATHLETICISM. It's those three qualities that win 12s and 14s events every time. The "prodigies" who are winning the big 12 or 14 events aren't hitting huge MPH. From behind (or at)...
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    Opinions about the newest Lobster machine?

    I am tempted to buy the newest Lobster that can be programmed to shoot to 18 locations between the baseline and service line. Does anyone have an opinion about whether this feature is worth the money?
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    Swine Flu scare leads to USTA ZAT cancellation

    http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=71509
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    BH Slice, can't figure it out

    Bungalo Bill Bungalo Bill, from what you are saying, as I my racquet moves forward my arm initially pronates ("pizza tray" -- flattens out) and then my arm supinates dramtically as I get closer to the contact point. I've tried to keep the racquet on edge like Federer -- I have really tried...
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    BH Slice, can't figure it out

    Linked fixed This is the person (I don't know them at all) on youtube who is doing "pizza tray" much like I do on the forward swing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeFUnGv9qYM
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    BH Slice, can't figure it out

    I'm setting up the same as Federer, same grip/backswing position above the shoulder, but at the begining of the forward swing my racquet lays down like a pizza tray. Federer keeps his racquet on edge throughout the entire forward swing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHPdlGW4vEE The...
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    Poll: Is Bevel 1 on the heel pad in Photo 1 or in Photo 2?

    This is a SERVE grip This is a SERVE grip, so naturally we're looking at the heel pad with the racquet flipped over. For a long time I assumed the heel pad was in the corner of the palm, as seen here: However, I have come to disagree with this photo. In general, most players do not...
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    Poll: Is Bevel 1 on the heel pad in Photo 1 or in Photo 2?

    "Bevel 1" is marked in pink on both these photos. As you can see, the location of Bevel 1 is slightly shifted from Photo 1 to Photo 2. Poll: Is "Bevel 1" sitting on the heel pad in Photo 1 or in Photo 2? PS -- I am trying to copy Sampras' Serve Grip. Thanks for the input!
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    Tennis Tutor Player vs. Lobster Elite 3

    I think you're right about mixing flat balls with new Tretorns. I've experienced significant changes in depth doing that. One question though: Does the Elite 3 perform well -- depth wise -- at lower speeds (say 30-40MPH)? I'm wondering if the depth function is useful for a beginer (you said...
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    Tennis Tutor Player vs. Lobster Elite 3

    Any more opinions? I'm anxiously waiting to hear more about how you guys feel about the Elite 3 versus the TT Player versus the Playmate. Which of these machines has the best carousel: TT Player, Elite 3, or Playmate? I HATE it when the machine misfeeds and I'm standing there waiting for...
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    Know a child prodigy? Don't brag, post a video instead!

    Think your kid is the next Federer or Henin? Don't tell us about it, instead, post a video of him/her playing a match. No need for these never-ending and pointless threads about future stars. I'm sick of the posts about the 'tennis samurai,' deiton, sonya kenin, tyana williams, silva etc...
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    Forehand backswing: Men vs. women

    Tricky is breaking ground here Tricky has broken some ground here and given me a lot to think about. I await a reaction from Yandell, who said that the fundamental difference between WTA and ATP is "less (to do with) where the racket points at the start" of the backswing and "more (to do...
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    Forehand backswing: Men vs. women

    I was the one who started this thread --- and my question was NOT "Who has the better forehand" --- it was ----> Why do men keep the racket head in front of them, and women take it behind them? Henin is an exception, of course. I also wanted to note that universally, all young competitive...
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    Forehand backswing: Men vs. women

    It's important to note Without one exception, I have never seen a junior player age 11 or less keep the racket head in front of them on the backswing. They are all copying Sharapova (taking the head behind them). I'm talking about every single eleven year-old girl AND boy I've seen at the...
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    Forehand backswing: Men vs. women

    Why is there such a difference in the forehand backswing between men and women on the tour? Here is a video of Nadal's forehand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeXRYb-B3OM&mode=user&search= And here is a video of Sharapova's forehand...
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    27" & 279 Swingweight for an 8 year-old?

    If she downsizes to a 26" racquet, will she be looking to change back sometime at age 9 or 10? It has never really been clear to me when competitive junior players go full-size 27" --- there are many different opinions. I would hate to advise a downsize if she just has to upsize again in...
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    27" & 279 Swingweight for an 8 year-old?

    Wow, that 9 yr old girl is using a racket with a swingweight of 331!
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    27" & 279 Swingweight for an 8 year-old?

    At what age would a 27" 279 swingweight be appropriate? Does everyone agree that age 9-10 is when most competitive juniors are upsizing to 27"? I'm not convinced that the 10 year old juniors I've seen are using anything close to a 27" 279 SW? Opinions anyone?
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    27" & 279 Swingweight for an 8 year-old?

    Is this too much for an eight year-old girl? (51" tall, weighs 56lbs.) She's been training with it for 13 months! At her first tourney today, her form looked great and she had consistent strokes, but she clearly had issues returning fast, hard-hit balls. It was obvious that the unwieldy...
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