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  1. Hmgraphite1

    Talk about your most discouraging moments in tennis. How did you respond?

    Cool that you mustered a comeback, eventhough you came up short. Event planners should have spaced things out better. You were the better player, hopefully you get another chance in future match.
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    Demand to serve properly

    I blast a lot of serves, sometimes they don't come back other times they are return winners I can't get to. When I throw in a slow off speed pitch many times the returner dumps it in the net or sails it over the sidelines. Variation can earn you some points.
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    Shot Tolerance: The ugly beast at every court

    My whole point is why spot them any points, unless your in some kind of a rush to finish a best of 5 sets in 20 minutes. For the "spotted" points just go easier on them hit it so you'll get a shot back, treat them like a student and when you get bored finish the point or let them finish it. If...
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    Shot Tolerance: The Elephant in Tennis Tips/Instruction

    That's why it's fun to pummel it. It appears to be invincible but is eroding from within.
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    Shot Tolerance: The ugly beast at every court

    I would never spot points or accept them. It's just not part of the game I would enter into. It's a way to focus on the score as opposed to playing points. If I play a less experienced player I would hit some shots to them focus on my consistency and their development occasionally hit...
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    Shot Tolerance: The Elephant in Tennis Tips/Instruction

    The wall hits it back with pace, good way to groove it. FH BH FH BH
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    What should I string my POG Tour 93 at ?

    I would prob try gut at 60-62 main and poly 54-56 in a pure drive. Its got wide crosses and fairly open on the sides.
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    Playing with a tennis ball in hand?

    Yeah it was the marketing of "you will use what we provide" rather than using a little thought to come up with something better.
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    Full Western Grip for OHB?

    looks good, you get down pretty low and can make it work, plus you hit the slice when required. The one at 16 sec though you needed to get lower cause it hit the bottom of racquet and into net. I still find myself occasionally switching to western bh with positive results. Coach said to have...
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    Playing with a tennis ball in hand?

    The pocket evidently wasn't invented until the 1980's. Real bunch of Rocket scientists out there.
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    Biking anyone?

    I remember I had to add some spacers but my memory fails me me. I was able to rig the brake up (cantilever) not sure if I needed a new headstock. Mine was pretty easy but the newer parts were available. Going back to hardtop might need to make sure all the parts exist or have a shop take...
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    Continuing Pronation vs Non-Continuing Pronation On The Serve (2019)

    I haven't videoed lately but will be doing so. Not sure why my serve ended up pronating early over time , except to say that I didn't have any checkpoints, whether they be by "feel" or video, or understanding in general. I think long term understanding what's going on is critical to improving...
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    Continuing Pronation vs Non-Continuing Pronation On The Serve (2019)

    Over the weekend played twice. For the last year or so have had trouble purposely hitting the out wide deuce serve. I admit my experience for aiming serves was never well defined. I developed a serve of which had no checkpoints and was not really understood what was going on back there. Then...
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    Biking anyone?

    I added a front shock to my bike 10 years ago, I try to keep it preloaded so it takes more pressure to compress and adjust my weight back when standing and pedaling. Overall I like it especially downhill on bumpy trails. When it bottoms out can throw you off a little plus the distance of the...
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    Tension and Exertion during points. Are they ever our friends?

    It's a good question and I don't have the answer, but when I go 95% on a serve vs 100% the ball seems to go faster on the 95% serve. It's probably because the hit is off center on the 100%. When you accelerate smoothly you get to the max in a controlled way, when you tighten up to accelerate...
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    Consistency Is the Key at 4.5 and below

    I meant be aggressive on neutral balls as opposed to waiting for opponent to dictate the play. Agree with above on blocking tough serves and learning defensive skills but neutral rallies some players may show more aggressive tactics to get the opponent moving before they get you moving.
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    Tips for my serve?

    Looks good, I noticed Wawrinka has a high shoulder through trophy also. Toss looked real consistent and the serve looked smooth. The last one you tossed more into court but caught it a little low on the racquet. That might of been a better location for toss or not. Keep videoing and testing...
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    How many hours to learn kick 2nd serve?

    What are some of the things that help or what to avoid?
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    Prince Phantom 93P- Best string set up

    I've strung the cyclone at 45/47 up to 50/52 or so. The 45 last summer was great haven't really zeroed in on what's best (do I need the higher tension against a heavy hitter, need to find out) The gut hybrid is currently giving me massive spin on my serve which though for me is technique...
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    Prince Phantom 93P- Best string set up

    I really like cyclone tour 18 gauge full bed. I've been using Lux gut mains 57 ALU soft cross 51 for the last few months and it's softened up real nice. Hit amazing today. I hate that i'm still testing strings. I could stop and just choose between these two but I have a whole bunch more to test
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    Consistency Is the Key at 4.5 and below

    I think it's helped me in the long run, but has been a detriment short term as far as winning goes. When you had a whole lot of experience playing aggressively, you don't ever really get tight you just go out there and do what you do, and try it again and again
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    Matchplay Video - Trying Out Clay Courts

    Yeah these's a whole set of different muscles used to keep your legs from spreading out which aren't used on hard courts due to the friction below the shoe
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    Consistency Is the Key at 4.5 and below

    Got to play your game, adapt but if you want/like to play aggressive I say continue to do so.
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    Matchplay Video - Trying Out Clay Courts

    Good playing, enjoyed watching thanks for posting. Really like those tight angles medium paced topspin ohbh from both players. Lots of real good ground strokes. The only concern is grey tshirt,addidas serves. The shoulder looks like it could be taking a lot of torque abuse, and the finish...
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    Consistency Is the Key at 4.5 and below

    Just keep practicing against these types of shots, all the practice and consistency you've developed against other shots won't help you against these. When you take it early, also angle it, you can't hit it back to the opponent, hit it short. Take it out of the air and angle it but work against...
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    Full Western Grip for OHB?

    It makes sense that on high balls your ohbh would work well but what about lower balls you want to drive?
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    How High is my Ceiling? (Can I get to USTA - 6.0? LONG)

    Plus those 60's singles guys show that age doesn't need to be a factor:D
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    Can you warm up your serve first in the warm up?

    If you bring your own practice balls so you have more than 3, we usually serve 2 times to each side, so if you had 5 balls and 10 to each side, that's 20 serves and reasonable, If you needed another 10, no big deal. Personally I would want to warm my arm up with mini, then ground strokes then...
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    Can you warm up your serve first in the warm up?

    If you did this you should not use the game balls, but some others.
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