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    How do you Know When a Style of Play is for You

    After 3 or 4 years of baseline singles I have started to learn to serve and volley, after about 6 months I've learned that there's a lot to learn and I have improved a great deal and I'm still improving, but I'm not nearly as good with it as with my baseline game. That's to be expected I guess...
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    The Mental Game Hoax

    I've spent a lot of time researching various theories and techniques to improve the mental game which is by far my biggest weakness. I'm familiar with the usual suspects, and my conclusion at this point is that none of it really works, it's all a bunch of gobbly-guck. Many of the teachings...
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    Eastern Grip Overhead

    Anything wrong with using an eastern grip on the overhead? Any problems that can cause for the rest of my game? I'm a 4.5 and struggle with my overhead. I've worked on it and worked on it, I understand the technique, I've had some instruction, and while I have improved it's still not a...
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    Sweet Spot Training Aid

    Anyone have any experience with, or advice on, these kind of devices? http://sweetspottertennis.com/ https://oncourtoffcourt.com/sweet-spot-trainer/
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    Slice Serve Question

    I've been working for awhile on my slice serve. I have a good flat and kick serve, but the slice has been a struggle. So the question is do you hit your slice serve more like a flat serve or more like a kick serve?
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    How to Jump on Serve?

    I'm told I have a good serve for my level (low 4.5), but I don't get off the ground more than just a tiny bit. I'd like to learn to jump in order to have a higher contact point, making it easier to get my flat serve in for example. I'm not real tall 5'9" so a few inches would really help. I...
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    Theory of the American Twist Kick Serve

    I have never really been able to hit this serve, except by accident once in a blue moon. Part of the problem is that I've never seen a good explanation how you can get the ball to curve one way and bounce another. But I think I may have hit on something finally. First, it probably helps to...
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    Bad Attitude

    I hate to admit this but too often I go over to the dark side when playing, get frustrated and angry at myself. I consider this a character flaw that I'd like to get rid of. I don't act out (yell, smash rackets, or anything like that) but at the same time I'm probably not much fun to play...
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    RaquetFit

    Anyone worked with a RaquetFit specialist? The name is a little misleading. It sounded like they help you figure out what racket to use, but apparently it's for assessing physical fitness and technique to both improve your game and tailor your game to what you can actually do. The club I...
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    Why Don't Women Serve and Volley?

    I guess I get (not really) why men don't serve and volley very much anymore, but why not women? The article below suggests that it's very effective and hardly ever used by women. I think men should serve and volley more as well. Sometimes conventional wisdom in sports is wrong, sometimes...
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    2HB/1HB Grip

    I'm interested in thoughts and experiences with using the grip shown below with a 2HB. I understand that it's used with the 1hb, but I don't see it a lot with the two hander. I'm not sure what to call the grip - I've heard it called a hammer grip, but I've also seen that term used for a...
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    Sore Achilles Tendons

    I have trouble with this as a result of all the sudden accelerations, especially since I serve and volley. Any tips on how to deal with this?
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    Kick Serve Racket Drop

    I'm struggling with my kick serve after making some changes to my motion. The changes have to do with making the swing more relaxed and less tense, and have produced dramatic improvement in my flat serve. Way way more power. Now my racket drop is lower, loser, and the racket drifts off to the...
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    Punch or Don't Punch You Volleys?

    Contrast these two videos. Mischa Zverev is describing pretty much exactly what Ian Westerman says not to do, and I can find other example of this conflict. As someone learning to serve and volley I've been working on volleys a lot and I'm coming around to Zverev's view. Seems like the best...
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    Seeing the ball, and line calls

    Normally, I don't closely watch the ball bounce - in fact you can't actually see the ball hit the ground just like you can't see the ball hit the racket it happens to quickly (unless it's a super slow shot). I watch the ball as it's coming, and then at the bounce I move my focus slightly to a...
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    Tiebreak Strategy

    How do you approach a tiebreak? Do you play it different than the match? Does it depend on your style of play? Asking for a friend . . . . (not). I don't think I play them well and am looking for suggestions.
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    Serve and Volley - High Returns

    Started a concentrated effort to learn serve and volley about 2 or 3 months ago, and the results have been very promising. I have a question on how best to handle high return of serve. I'm talking about balls that are too high for a swinging volley and too low for an overhead. These are...
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    Least Risky Way to Get Out of the Strike Zone?

    When I play good players, I can't really cause them too much trouble with my normal ground stokes, or they have a weapon (usually forehand) that I have to avoid. So, what can I do? I can hit to their backhand, hit it away from them to make them run, hit it harder, hit it short, but I think all...
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    Overhead throwing motion is natural, and its not

    No animal on earth can throw like humans can. According to this article, the closest is a chimpanzee and they can only throw around 20 mph despite having much much stronger arms. Humans have evolved to throw overhand. There's no tribe of indigenous people anywhere that throw rocks or spears...
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    Rocket Serve Nick Krygios

    @Curious posted this is in another thread but I thought it was worthy of a post of it's own. It's absurd how hard he's hitting it with virtually no effort and so relaxed. It's interesting that he has a very low toss almost hits the ball as it's going up. Quick motion. Incredible...
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    Time to Replace Shoes

    I don't post here often so forgive me if I'm asking a question that has been answered before, but . . . . How do you know when it's time for new shoes? I usually look at the bottom and when there badly worn or I'm slipping an sliding I know it's time, but are there other things that I should...
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    Serve and Volley Help

    I'd be interested in people's thoughts on serve and volley. I'm a 4.0 to 4.5 baseliner working hard at adding this to my game, and it's a challenge. So far what I have gleaned is that there's more to it than hitting a serve and rushing to the net for a volley. In fact, that's probably the...
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    Overheads

    I can't hit an overhead to save my life. I'm closing in on 4.5, and as this is an obvious weakness I have been trying to improve this shot (especially since I serve and volley about half the time). Despite constant practice I still can't reliably hit a stinking overhead. Swinging volley no...
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    People Who Won't Warm Up

    Yesterday I was warming up for a drill with a guy I've never played with before and he hit every ball he could as hard as he could for no apparent reason at all. He never hit a ball near that hard during the drill. WTF, dude? I consider the warm up a necessary way to get loose, and a...
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    Backhand Return of Serve

    I really struggle with this shot especially against serves with pace. I try and practice it as much as I can with a partner and I know that's the best way to go about it, but a lot of time it's just me and a regular old ball machine. Any tips in general on this shot? Any tips on how to...
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    Stride on Serve

    The video below of Sandy Koufax is a thing of beauty (just look at that shoulder tilt). For those of you that don't know he was sort of the Clayton Kershaw of his generation, and one of the great pitchers of all time. His motion is gorgeous and effortless. The question is why don't tennis...
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    2HB Grip

    In the video below, he describes using what is most commonly called a hammer grip as opposed to the normal continental grip which spreads the knuckles out across the bevels. With the this grip all the knuckle pads are on or very near bevel 2. This closes the racket face, and also lags the...
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    Return of Powerful Serve

    I had the opportunity to try and return the serve of a high level D1 college player, as he was practicing his serve. I've never been on the court with someone that hits it that hard (he says his serve has been clocked at 129). AND, he's left handed. It became apparent right away that you have...
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    Serve is a Sidearm Motion

    I've been working on correcting a waiter's tray serve without a lot of success until it dawned on me that the serve is just a sidearm throw. I know how to through sidearm, and pronate, as I spent countless hours skipping rocks off the water on the creek behind my house as a kid. So, I started...
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    Backhand versus forhand

    There's been a fair amount written about why generally you can hit a forehand harder than a backhand, but for me the bigger difference is control. Just why is it so much harder to control a backhand than a forehand? Especially, with the 2HB. With that shot you have two hands on the racket...
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