Rant - Frustrated for a not-good-enough reason.

jz000

Rookie
I played this pusher today and wanted to go all out for a set.
But we were using his hard-ass Costco Penn balls, and my strings were to soft for it.

I'd miss my 2nd serves, so I had to change my serve a little bit to compensate.
It's different hitting 'up' on a heavier (i bet it's 3oz lol) ball. So I went for more penetration/spin to dip the ball in.

But that was like 5-3 already. I usually win 6-1 against him lol.
I guess that's what got my frustrated. My mentality was not correct.
I wasn't supposed to be there to win. Maybe his game changed, but I know I'm just trying to attack most of his ******** pusher balls lol.
Of course I'll be missing a few, or 3,4,5. And easy slices sailing long, cuz of my softer string vs his Costco balls.

Nothing to be frustrated about.
I'll try to always have 2 rackets for pickup games. One soft, one stiff string in case we're using some BS balls lol.

He's a good 4.0 5'6 pusher. Forces you to attack, or get pushed 100ft behind the BL.
Here I am thinking I'm about to Super Saiyan transform into a 4.5 overnight.

Ok feel better now.
 

MyFearHand

Rookie
Softer strings for bad balls? I've never heard of such a thing. Also, if the balls are such a problem why not always bring your own?
 

Fintft

Legend
I dominate everyone in rallies and then lose in matches.
Me Mardy Fish.
I'm not rallying anymore, just playing on points (the opposite to what I've been doing).

OP: correct, Penn balls are crap and all pushers like them.

I try to bring Dunlop fort clay or at least Wilson RG clay balls,

Slazenger for hard courts.

GL!
 

jz000

Rookie
I dominate everyone in rallies and then lose in matches.
Me Mardy Fish.
I'm not rallying anymore, just playing on points (the opposite to what I've been doing).

OP: correct, Penn balls are crap and all pushers like them.

I try to bring Dunlop fort clay or at least Wilson RG clay balls,

Slazenger for hard courts.

GL!
I'm using these Babolat Gold after recommendation from a friend.
They last super long, and don't turn into stones. They're sturdier than Wilson RGs.
 

matterer

New User
You don't call high topspin balls with no pace pushers?
If you don't hit on the rise, you're dead on the point.
Take a forehand at chest height. Should be the easiest to time since you can hit it the flattest. Only ball brushers who swing up from a foot under the ball struggle with timing on these shots
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Blaming missing your 2nd serves because of the balls? That's a new one.

More likely you were getting mad at the way you/him were playing which is understandable because pushers can drive you nuts. Don't sweat the small annoying stuff and concentrate on the important stuff (technique, point construction) and you'll be winning again.
 

jz000

Rookie
Just tell him that his balls are trash and you want to use yours.
We played doubles, and he tried using his balls again lol
nono, we all said.

Blaming missing your 2nd serves because of the balls? That's a new one.

More likely you were getting mad at the way you/him were playing which is understandable because pushers can drive you nuts. Don't sweat the small annoying stuff and concentrate on the important stuff (technique, point construction) and you'll be winning again.
Try a Penn ball, and a dead US Open ball, and tell me you can't tell a difference.
 

jz000

Rookie
I played a guy who I always beat.
But, yesterday, he wore red shorts.
I can't play against anyone wearing red shorts.
My entire game fell apart because of his red shorts and I lost
Sorry, but I would spank you till you wouldn't even come back to the courts :-D
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
We played doubles, and he tried using his balls again lol
nono, we all said.



Try a Penn ball, and a dead US Open ball, and tell me you can't tell a difference.
Why on earth would you use a dead ball?

btw I'm no big Penn Championship fan (I have a case each of Diadem xtra duty and Penn Tour at the momment) but A LOT of people use them - I don't understand how a ball can make you double fault. I assume you warmed up with the balls so you should be somewhat used to them...I must be misunderstanding you.
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Bunch of 3-3.5s on this board lol
Why do pros even bother swapping out fresh strings 12x during a match :-D :-D :-D
Do you swing hard enough to have strings deflect and not return to center?
My strings do this after 3 sessions. By 5 sessions, I need a restring.
Pros have this happen within 1 hour.
 

jz000

Rookie
Do you swing hard enough to have strings deflect and not return to center?
My strings do this after 3 sessions. By 5 sessions, I need a restring.
Pros have this happen within 1 hour.
Depends on who I hit with.
My strings are dead after 1 session with this western grip 200lbs forehand guy :-D
I've learned to hit with stiff strings because of him.
 

jz000

Rookie
Why on earth would you use a dead ball?

btw I'm no big Penn Championship fan (I have a case each of Diadem xtra duty and Penn Tour at the momment) but A LOT of people use them - I don't understand how a ball can make you double fault. I assume you warmed up with the balls so you should be somewhat used to them...I must be misunderstanding you.
Yeah, you misread the posts. No one's using a dead ball.
It's all just physics, even the slightest variation in anything can cause you to play better or worse.
I believe pros have longer rallies when they sense that the ball has worn out within their 7 games. More fuzz on the ball = harder to hit winners = more drag = more air resistance.
 
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