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    TimeToPlaySets Appreciation Thread

    Interesting. We’re taking about TTPS here...who is not exactly a model of politeness. But I’m the rude one? Ok then LOL!
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    TimeToPlaySets Appreciation Thread

    Consider the title of the thread...
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    Week 2 of USTA League Nationals is four days away

    Not that this would surprise anyone, but my buddy from the 40+ Eastern team who is a real solid 4.0 himself, and is rarely one to whine, commented to me about what he called “USTA ratings shenanigans.” “There were some silly players out here, and not all of them were from Texas.” Bout time USTA...
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    Week 2 of USTA League Nationals is four days away

    Have a good buddy on the Eastern team, so I’m pulling for them. Looks like they have a shot!
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    What Am I Dealing With?

    OHBH player here. For me, it depends on the server. If they are somewhat one-dimensional - high percentage of slice serves to the BH, I’ll try switching to holding the racquet in the backhand grip on the return. That way I can drive if I have time, and easily switch to continental if I need to...
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    Likewise Danny! Thanks for the lesson in Mobile. I’m still having nightmares! :laughing:
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    What are ex-Barricade users using?

    Sole Court Boost (I wasn’t impressed, but I guess my feet are a little too narrow for them) Diadora Speed Blushield Fly 2? Asics Resolution?
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    Extra tight string pattern

    True.
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    Jolly's Polys

    :unsure:
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    NTRP Grievances in Playoffs... What's Even the Point?

    I concur with @Jack the Hack - my first Nationals experience was last fall in Mobile, Al for 9.0 mixed. I saw very few questionable players the whole weekend. My team was comprised of all computer rated players. We went 2-2 in round robin, but we were competitive with every team we played. 1 of...
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    NTRP Grievances in Playoffs... What's Even the Point?

    I agree, which is why i still play USTA. That said, as uncommon as sand bagging and cheating are within USTA...the mere existence of such behavior isn’t what bothers me most. Rather, it’s what USTA does or is doing about it (which, from where I’m sitting, isn’t enough).
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    Any shoes similar to Vapor 9/9.5s?

    Some claim the Head Sprint Pro 2.5 is similar. Haven’t tried them myself. YMMV
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    Self rate explanation

    I’ll say this...it was alleged that the player should have self-rated at 4.5, due to the USTA supplemental NTRP guidelines. The school in question is a very recognizable Division 1 university, in a notable conference...but not known as a tennis powerhouse.
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    Self rate explanation

    Before we go too far here...who said the player was a he?
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    Self rate explanation

    Yep, that was the point I was gonna make. Also, the idea that exhibition matches “aren’t matches” is a tough one for me. I get that they aren’t official matches. But IMO, they aren’t meaningless, at least within the context of assessing level for USTA play. Regardless, you are right that...
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    Your Gravity Pro string setup...

    Personally I wouldn’t describe Hyper G as very low powered. I do find it control oriented and a bit muted when fresh. But I can still hammer the ball when necessary, without any extra effort. Now, 4G? IMO that stuff is definitely low powered.
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    Murray vs Fognini verbal exchange

    ...with a game of swords...?
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    Murray vs Fognini verbal exchange

    Coulda been worse...
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    Anyone pre-weave the WHOLE racquet before pulling tension?

    Pretty sure @cluckcluck meant the butt cap - as far as upside down.
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    Anyone pre-weave the WHOLE racquet before pulling tension?

    Sway back and forth - do you mean while you are tensioning the string? Won’t happen if you make sure the string doesn’t enter the tension head at an angle. Edit: never mind I see now you were locking the turntable before pre-weaving each cross, just as @cluckcluck said (duh, evidently I can’t...
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    Can dumb people learn stringing?

    To my arm, 1pc feels a pinch tighter (assuming same ref tension).
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    Good point @schmke. (y)
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    Sure, maybe it was closer than some thought it would be. And kudos to those teams who made it less of a foregone conclusion for Texas. Still, it’s a real shame - to see how low some teams are willing to go.
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    Extra tight string pattern

    I jumped the gun on that one. Agassi played with a 20x21 frame for some time. But whether Head (or other mfg’s) actually made anything like that available to the public, I don’t know for sure.
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    Extra tight string pattern

    Yes.
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    So let’s see here...tanking matches, appealing ratings (when it isn’t justified), bending (or breaking) the rules, etc. for a whole season...just to spend a bunch of money to go to a far away place, tool all of your opponents, and go home with a title there’s no way you could lose? Where’s the...
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    USTA League Nationals start in four days

    Just to clarify with respect to Texas...isn’t there a recent rule enacted that says players who sit out a couple years to let their rating expire must self rate at their highest previous computer rating?
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    Self rate explanation

    I was witness to a similar set of circumstances. A player who was currently on a Division 1 collegiate roster self rated at 4.0. After said player blew a couple 4.0’s off the court, a grievance was filed. In spite of grievance uncovering said player’s untruths, if not outright lies, on the...
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