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    Passing shots

    Excellent!! A sharp net rusher is looking to seize the initiative and force an opponent to come up with something decent. Many of these players - myself included - have trouble when an opponent flips the script and uses this attack against them. I grew up playing a lot of serve and volley...
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    Feedback on how to stop these tournament double faults

    First thought - I appreciate your honesty here. This is a miserable feeling you're describing and I've definitely been there myself. Probably several of our pals here can feel your pain. I've had some really good coffee this morning, so here goes... I routinely recommend Vic Braden's book...
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    Serve and lower back problems - Plantform vs Pinpoint - need your help

    Good luck with your experiments. One idea that could help you with your detective work is to do several full service motions using different stances and setups without hitting a ball. See if you can find a move that doesn't hurt - easier to try different alterations when we're not trying to...
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    Best thin polys

    I don't play with polys, but I string for a decent circle of local players. I've offered Isospeed Baseline 1.20mm in a hybrid with a softer cross such as Gosen OGSM 16 and this has been very well received for at least a few years. You can buy a full reel of the Isospeed for about the cost of...
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    How to improve plow thru

    What has worked for me lately has been tuning by feel. Before adding anything to my racquet, I make a note of its balance so that I have a reference there. After adding weight to my hoop, I might want to counter-balance (add weight to the handle) to get back to that original balance or perhaps...
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    Volkl C10 Pro users - talk to me!

    The only Head Prestige mid-plus I've ever used was from the Liquidmetal generation - too light for me in its stock form and I don't remember getting any performance with that frame that inspired me to keep it around. The LM Prestige mids on the other hand were bananas heavy without much...
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    Volkl C10 Pro

    Some years back I switched into the C10 from the Wilson 6.1 Classics when I decided on a going to a racquet with more flex, but a weight and balance in the same realm my Wilsons. While I think of the Wilson grips as having an oval sort of round shape, the C10 grips are more block-shaped. That...
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    will Prince muck up it's racquets?

    It seems to me that they have is sorted out. Prince has a decent spectrum of options running from the very soft Phantoms to the semi-soft TT line and right on up to the Warriors that have wider beams and more stiffness. Potentially something for everybody. I've been a happy Volkl nerd for a...
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    Doubles practice for 2 players

    The doubles pairs on the high school team I coach have been liking "alley rallies" where they hit cross-court to each other using the alleys as their targets. That translates well into match play where they need to be able to hit away from a net player. If they remember to occasionally change...
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    Volkl C10 Pro users - talk to me!

    Dump that garbage string now!! Strings like RPM Blast will make any racquet tougher on the arm regardless of that frame's weight and flex. RPM has racked up so many injuries for so many players that it's become a cliche. I've been playing C10's for several years - I use newer ones from a...
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    Cost of Stringing Survey

    Same here - I like to make $15 per frame, so I only stock basic strings. Isospeed Baseline has been a fantastic value for a poly at $40 per reel and my reels of syn. guts are only a few bucks more than that. I don't use a lot of multifiber, but I keep a reel of Prince Premier Control 16 handy...
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    String which is durable but soft

    One of the stronger boys on the high school team I coach was running into some progressive golfer's elbow and he was playing with a Pure Drive strung with a full bed of RPM Blast. I switched him into a full bed of 16 ga. multifiber, but he couldn't get more than 3-5 days with that before it...
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    Safin’s serve stance

    I agree with your take on Safin's practice serves vs match serves - there's a little bit of a difference. That thing with his weight moving off to the left instead of more toward his target is interesting. It caught my eye, too. I get the impression that the tilt of his torso (aided by a...
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    help me with find thin beam

    The Volkl V-Sense 10 Tour has a 19mm beam width and these are marked way down at TW. You might need to do a little of your own tailoring on these with some lead tape, since they apparently weigh in at 11.5 oz. I haven't picked up any of them for myself, just because I already have C10's, O10's...
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    The Prince Phantom 93P is a gift to us from TW - My Review/AMA

    I'm another one who was using wood racquets as a kid until I switched into graphite mids after maybe two years in high school. I'm convinced that those formative years with the heavier rigs put an indelible stamp on my tennis DNA because I've never been able to get along with lighter gear - I'm...
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    switching..... looking for strings

    I like the idea of a hybrid including a light gauge poly main and a softer cross. I've had lots of success with that layout for many locals, both kids and adults. Gosen OGSM 16 has been my go to option as a cross - seems to be somewhat durable and rather slippery, at least when it's fresh...
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    Strings for different level players

    Whenever somebody asks me about trying a poly, I'm like some of our pals here in terms of being cautious about it. I've seen that string cause significant troubles for players of all levels and it seems to me that none of us can know whether or not we can handle that string until after we find...
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    How can I improve my horrible tiebreak record in doubles?

    When coaching my high school teams, I encourage the kids to remember one thing when playing a tiebreak; play strong and steady and nothing else. No time to try anything fancy, go for low-percentage winners, or look for cheap points off a huge first serve or big return. Get the first serve in -...
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    Racket too heavy, technique wrong or just playing too good opposition?

    Instead of a couple of weeks, I'd say anticipate working deliberately with that heavier racquet for a couple of months to alter your instinctive movement and preparation. When I've worked with significantly heavier frames in the past either for play or for training, it seemed to take that long...
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    Best modern 18x20 97-100"?

    Actually the Volkl C10 Pro is a 98" frame with a 16x19 string pattern, but it doesn't behave too much like some other frames with that layout. It's not super-spin happy, but very arm-friendly for me when strung with syn. gut and it also gives me more potential to hit (and serve) with power than...
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    Do you kill the net player if you get a short ball? doubles.

    I specifically address this issue with the high school teams I coach. I routinely point out that there's a big difference between head-hunting where a player is recklessly gunning for an opponent - I'm not cool with that - vs. hitting down into an opponent's feet. Some of the kids I coach...
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    Heavy Racquet improves technique?

    I'm in sort of the same boat as you, although I've only suffered an angry little tweak in the back of my shoulder after trying to switch to a lighter than usual frame. Not serious, but alarming enough to convince me to stay with the heftier equipment. I also had a ferocious run in with tennis...
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    Lowering my tension

    I don't think you're crazy. This has seemed to be a bit of a thing for me, too. I generally like to play with a full bed of synthetic gut, but I often get the impression that it's more "right" when it has settled in compared with when it's fresh off my machine. I can't just string at a...
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    Eastern forehand racquets

    I've gathered a collection of Volkl C10's over the last several years and I've been supremely happy with this label. I've also added two other models to my stash in more recent years, but the C10 was the one that really hooked me when I first decided to sample Volkls a while ago. Stable...
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    Strings for a 2.5 Ladies Team

    If you want some softer stuff that's not as pricey as some more premium multis, you could get a reel of Forten Sweet 16. While their Sweet 17 is also soft stuff, it's rather fragile. I'd only consider that lighter gauge for a frame with a rather dense string pattern. My most FA-vo-Right syn...
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    Post Your Most Recent Stringing Time

    Same sentiment here - if I rush, I'm going to run a substantially higher risk of messing something up. So instead of saving all of 5-7 minutes, I need to backtrack and start over... and chew up way more time than the typical 25-30 minutes when I'm cruising along with my favorite tunes playing...
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    Can you adapt to a new/different racket?

    I'd give you a string recommendation, but I'm not sure what you've got in there now. I don't know if you've got a poly-infused multifiber (softer) or a poly made of several individual strands (stiffer). Can you identify the specific string? If it's a softer string in a more open layout, it's...
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    Poly for 12 year old?

    Agree with the recommendations for considering synthetic gut. This string can be "crisp" at a relatively snug tension (58-60 lbs. in the Ultra 100L), but it's also moderately soft - just not quite so much as multifiber. I use syn. gut (SG) in my own frames all the time. I actually love the...
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    Post Your Most Recent Stringing Time

    Most recent time was... night-time. ...yer welcome...
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