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  1. dimkin

    closing up the stance on the forehand

    I hit a 3/4 eastern straight arm forehand (bent arm gives me golfer's elbow pain) My new coach is really pushing me to hit most of my forehands from a closed stance (but on the follow through to step around the pivot leg) Says the pros are: - More linear shot allowing for proper weight...
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    Anyone wanna hit in Indian Wells (Palm Springs) this Sunday?

    4.5-ish player looking to play ... And on a slightly separate topic - when are the practice sessions start - any on Sunday?
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    Maximagq on the East Coast

    Matt makes an appearance in NYC. Schooling me for all I got ... If only I could return his serve I think I could have made it closer. @nytennisaddict you were missed!!! Footage coming. (Matty is a solid 5.0 ... me ... <4.5-ish> ... although Maxima made me look old, slow and inconsistent)...
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    ALU P Rough Mains / Revlove cross in the DR98

    I've switched to Max Power 9 months ago and have been using exclusively that, but had 2 sets of strings left from before: Orange Revolve and ALU Power Rough ... ran out of Max Power, decided to use those 2 up. So I put them in ... and what a dream combo - easy power, control, EXCELLENT spin...
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    Tennis in Austin anyone?

    4.0-4.5 looking to hit/play over the presidents day weekend.
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    In West Palm Beach for next 4 days

    4.0-4.5 player looking to play. Anyone?
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    Need comfortable and durable shoes

    - Nike Vapors last me 3 weeks (they break on top and the sole wears out) - but I love the comfort - Yonex Eclipsions - the top stayed brand new, the sole wore out in 3 weeks as well - Acics Gel 3s felt too wide for my feet ... - Barricades last me 4 months!!! I don't mind the comfort, but I long...
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    Tips on how to make contact in front?

    (especially on the SA FH) Updating: This is what it looks like currently - working on making it better ... yes ... footwork could be better - at this point trying to fix the contact point, as well as follow-through https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-BhZmxhU2w5bDE1a1E
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    "Abbreviated take-back" on the forehand ...

    So as it is evident from my previous posts - I keep tinkering with my forehand, and this video of Cilic Inspired me to try to take an "abbreviated" approach - so on the take back, to do nothing but do the unit turn and "point the flashlight" at the ball ... nothing else ... resulting in the...
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    Facing Roddick with a frying pan

    http://www.espn.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3073902 Thoughts? Maybe facing Roger playing lefty? I played badminton growing up ... I wonder what it'd be like to face Roger on a badminton court and how many hours it'd take for him to get used to the game a whip my *** ... (assuming he...
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    Trying to shape the ball more

    And keep it on the strings longer ... I still feel that some tweaks are in order ... Just a hitting practice. Vid 1 against a slightly weaker opponent. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-Bhb1liUmVSbFNlQ0U Vid 2 agst a pretty big hitter...
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    Matchplay video ... loss to a pusher ...

    Was in control of 80% of the points ... but lost badly ... (I am the good looking guy guy with a headband) Looking for help returning serve ... and also point building? Clearly I am unloading at the wrong time ... https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-BhaDFEYVBrSHhRQW8...
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    slow progress of moving to platform stance

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-BhcURsQWlSamVnQkE Improving but slowly - ad-court serving is almost tolerable ... I've started to serve in matches 1st serves (and 2nd serves when I am ahead) from platform. Results are okay-ish, but progress is slow ... advice welcome Struggling...
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    Anyone tried ALU Mains / Revolve crosses?

    Trying to figure out if it's worth trying.
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    Wilson Revolve - could that be it or am I simply on a honeymoon with it

    I've been trying a LOT of strings (thanks to @Mareqnyc and @DustinW) to find that perfect string ... I finally tried Wilson Revolve 17 and it feels awesome! I loved YPTP when fresh, and Revolve is just like it, but even more control!!! It's predictable, it pockets, it's good on low balls, high...
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    Any LA hitting pros to recommend?

    Got 5 more days in LA, and aside from nice hitting session with @FedererExpress (and hopefully another one tomorrow) Was looking for a nice hitting session with a (hitting pro?). A nice public court right next to where I am staying . . . :( Anyone pros/former players to recommend?
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    Some matchplay video . . .

    Matchplay still a slow going process . . . But slowly improving ... (I am in the dark shirt) Still over hit the fh. Bh slice weirdly I dont miss in practice, but miss a lot in matches. Need to commit more coming in . . ...
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    2hbh - spreading the arms a little

    (meant to say (hands/fists)) - inspired by watching Murray's bh after I've tried it - I felt like I couldn't miss ... just so much more control ... trunk rotation and off arm - all power and rhs ... left wrist ... adjustments and control ... when my wrists were too close - often it would spray...
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    1.5 year flirt with eastern ... over

    switching to s.w. or (stronger eastern) more spin ... better on high balls ... more control on flat shots ... just need the confidence to drive through the ball the way these guys do it ... (amazingly when I do it stays in)
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    Playing against low DL approach to bh

    Especially on faster courts. My bh pass is usually solid, but last 2 guys I played, approached with fh slice down the line with some sidespin. the ball stayed very low and i struggled. What should the default strategy be against that play?
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    Tennis in Santa Monica week of x-mas

    Strong 4.0 looking to hit/play!!! Who is up for it!!!???
  22. dimkin

    entry level stick for a 12 yo boy

    So at 5 foot 2, feels to me he grew out of his 26" APD and can pass it on to his 10 yo sis. What should I get him? (my old sticks might still be too much for him both in heft and handle size) He is an entry-lev player.
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    Outclassed at 4.0 (set video)

    (I am in the gray shirt) ... my read on the opponent ... 4.5+ fh, 4.5+ serve ... 4.0 bh ... great movement ... I felt I was hardly in the points - sometimes you just run into someone better ... tough ... made my share of errors and missed easy shots, but that's part of being a 4.0 :(...
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    Work in progress: FH (video incl)

    Ever since switching to Eastern Grip, the FH has been work in progress ... I am finding it's improving, but still looking for technical advise - from the video it looks like I am still not taking it in front enough, can't go over it consistently (bending knees yes yes I need more of that)...
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    Serve: Snapping ok, but can't get legs involved . . .

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-BhR0tzSEM0Rm44T3M The saga continues ... I seem to be getting the hang of the snapping motion and seem to be able to get some ok flat serves in ... but getting the lower body involved is eluding me ... just can't get that leg push => hip snap =>...
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    Recent hitting video, any improvement?

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5_cZw7_z-BheVNhTmp3MG9LdnM @Doc Hollidae @SpinToWin @Cheetah
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    Love them Vapors bu they don't last . . .

    So I used to buy the cheap shoes ... but life's not long enough to save money on gear, so I ventured out to the "nicer" variety. Bught the Acics Gel 3s ... but the fit wasn't right, the laces kept getting undone, no love there ... Got the Zoom Vapors, it was love at first wear ... BEST shoes...
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    Still looking for that perfect string for DR98

    So far: Cyclone 16: Reliable ... lasts about 8hrs Solinco Tour Bite 16.5: Awesome ... lasts about 8 hrs Yonex Poly Tour Pro Spin 17: Great string... lasts about 8 hrs Lux 4G ... Can't make up my mind about that one .. lasted about 10 hrs Next up: Kevlar/ZX hybrid ... and the next batch of...
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    4G 1.25 x STB 16.5

    STB 16.5 Felt Really awesome in my stick, albeit a little powerful even when strung at 56. After it set it gave me some wonderful 4-5 hrs, and then started launching. 4G even strung at 52 (it's looser now I stepped on it a few times) is way way too low powered ... Can these two be crossed...
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