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onehandbh

Legend
Quick update: hamstring is probably 90% and movement actually happening. Met a great TTW’er in real life, @graycrait Traded frames AND tennis stories. Great fun!!


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Hope you get back to 100% soon.

Just had my first hamstring injury in a long time. Recovering now.

How did you injure your hamstring? Did you feel a sharp pain initially? How long does it take to recover?
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
Quick update: hamstring is probably 90% and movement actually happening. Met a great TTW’er in real life, @graycrait Traded frames AND tennis stories. Great fun!!


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Come on man come to Destin. Its the best chance I have to survive the BounceHitBounceHit beatdown. Actually my vids would look a ton better if NYTA and Maximagq and Mango had to play with my legs and I got theirs. Craig is the real deal dude!!
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
Hey guys got a new sitch and came to ask the grey ghost panel

Got diagnosed with a classic sports hernia on the right hand side I'm a righty.

It's a small one less than a centimetre. Half an inch for you guys. and the ultrasound says it just contains fat so no problem with intestines bulging out.

The plan is I will have the op in August so I'm stuck playing with it until then.

Since it's the most common type I'm assuming a few of you have had it.

I've bought one of those bloody truss things i.e. giant Bridget Jones panties to give it some support playing. No dignity in getting old.

It's a bit sore but the only drama so far is it seems to make my lower back tighter.

Does anyone have any good links on what you can do safely as warm up and stretching.

And yeah I accept that nobody is a doctor all risk on me.

Thanks
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Had a great morning of Men's Doubles. 4 guys we all take turns playing one set with each other. Today we got 4 sets in so I played the extra set with my first partner. We are all pretty evenly matched so it's a good time.
Well today I was King of the Court winning all 4 of my sets: 6-1, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. It's pretty rare to have everything that one-sided. A few things I noticed about my game that helped:

1) Get your first serve in! In 4 sets I hit 6 second serves, one DF. Held all my service games with only one deuce game.
2) Get your returns back! In 4 sets I missed 8 returns.
3) Weight loss. I've taken 15 lbs off since Christmas Holidays and it's made a big difference in net play. Poaching was so much easier with a few less lbs.
4) Volley and OVH well. Again i only failed on 2 volley or OVH opportunities in the 4 sets. Focus was the key.
5) 18x20 Frame. With my recent bout of golfer's elbow I've been playing more open pattern frames as they play a little softer. Today I pulled out the Phantom Pro 100 18x20. Just a great doubles frame for a control game. Serves and returns were more accurate, low slices were nasty. Volleys were pin point. Less airmailed balls.
6) My new FH is finally starting to groove in so fewer unforced errors.

Heading to Palm Desert next week so I'm glad my game is rounding into form. Wondering if I should bring my 18x20 with me rather than the 16x19?
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Hey guys got a new sitch and came to ask the grey ghost panel

Got diagnosed with a classic sports hernia on the right hand side I'm a righty.

It's a small one less than a centimetre. Half an inch for you guys. and the ultrasound says it just contains fat so no problem with intestines bulging out.

The plan is I will have the op in August so I'm stuck playing with it until then.

Since it's the most common type I'm assuming a few of you have had it.

I've bought one of those bloody truss things i.e. giant Bridget Jones panties to give it some support playing. No dignity in getting old.

It's a bit sore but the only drama so far is it seems to make my lower back tighter.

Does anyone have any good links on what you can do safely as warm up and stretching.

And yeah I accept that nobody is a doctor all risk on me.

Thanks
I think @suresh posted a bunch on the subject (not kidding).
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Been hitting 3 times a week, serving occasionally when I play dubs but trying to let my wrist mend and avoiding serving. Play my first league match tomorrow (singles). Hitting well, moving well but competition rusty. We shall see.

@ChaelAZ good on you for hitting with your recovering friend. I had a couple guys who would hit with me when I could hardly move and I was so appreciative of their patience.
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Well, as is I cannot make side step onto my left, it is really hard to space right. The pain is too much yet the arthritis/arthrosis medicine. And sprinting off to the net is totally out of repertoire, cause the need to stop too. Looks really bad. And will probably end my senior tennis carrier before any reasonable success.

Since the sideways move is so agonizing, it seems to be an end being a skater as well. Cycling maybe, but water running... What a brain drilling thrill that is between the oversized, over weighted gossiping grannies.

Identity crises hitting big. A sports person turning into a crippled crumpy old drunk hag. Cheers, anyway!


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ChaelAZ

Legend
@ChaelAZ good on you for hitting with your recovering friend. I had a couple guys who would hit with me when I could hardly move and I was so appreciative of their patience.
For me, I've said before I hit with anyone and any level. I can find something to work on. With my buddy, he cannot run much and has to keep his heart rate down, so my goal is to give him hittable balls close to him. So good consistency and placement practice really. And very challenging as after we get warmed up I tell him to hit where ever he wants, so I get a decent cardio workout.
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
Well challenge this weak. Playing a guy I used to beat but who has beaten me the last two times so it's on.

Trouble is he is a net player and drop shotter and there is no way I'm going to be making desperate sprints with a hernia no matter how mild.

So first strike tennis and move forward two or three steps into court waiting for the weak reply. Of course if he hits a strong deep reply I am stuffed but this guy arm balls so hopefully that won't happen too often
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Well challenge this weak. Playing a guy I used to beat but who has beaten me the last two times so it's on.

Trouble is he is a net player and drop shotter and there is no way I'm going to be making desperate sprints with a hernia no matter how mild.

So first strike tennis and move forward two or three steps into court waiting for the weak reply. Of course if he hits a strong deep reply I am stuffed but this guy arm balls so hopefully that won't happen too often
I don't think I'd play real singles if I was recovering from a sports hernia. Is this a money match or league playoffs? If not I'd ask him to play one on one doubles and limit the lateral movement.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
So Saturday I made the brilliant decision to do a bunch of yardwork, lots of shoveling, raking, pruning, cleaning out the (large) henhouse, pulling a bunch of spring weeds. Listened to a great podcast on the shipwreck of the Batavia and ensuing madness (highly recommended!). All good till the middle of the night when my back started hurting.

Got up Sunday to get ready for my league match. Back hurts but not *too* much. Feel pretty good in warmups but then after a game or two I feel a tweak and suddenly my ability to get low and make sudden movements is a bit compromised. Still can play though and lose a close match (5-7, 6-7 [8]). Can't really blame the back as he played better on crucial points. Would have been bummed if my match was the decider but it wasn't (we got whooped).

I figured it would be pretty much better after a day's rest but here it is Weds and it hurts even more - maybe from doing office work all week. Sucks if it doesn't get better soon, 2 of our 3 best singles guys are out hurt already and we might go from first (last season) to worst lol.

My 55th birthday is next week and I'm feeling it. Great, now I have to strategically schedule chores! This getting old stuff sucks!
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
So Saturday I made the brilliant decision to do a bunch of yardwork, lots of shoveling, raking, pruning, cleaning out the (large) henhouse, pulling a bunch of spring weeds. Listened to a great podcast on the shipwreck of the Batavia and ensuing madness (highly recommended!). All good till the middle of the night when my back started hurting.

Got up Sunday to get ready for my league match. Back hurts but not *too* much. Feel pretty good in warmups but then after a game or two I feel a tweak and suddenly my ability to get low and make sudden movements is a bit compromised. Still can play though and lose a close match (5-7, 6-7 [8]). Can't really blame the back as he played better on crucial points. Would have been bummed if my match was the decider but it wasn't (we got whooped).

I figured it would be pretty much better after a day's rest but here it is Weds and it hurts even more - maybe from doing office work all week. Sucks if it doesn't get better soon, 2 of our 3 best singles guys are out hurt already and we might go from first (last season) to worst lol.

My 55th birthday is next week and I'm feeling it. Great, now I have to strategically schedule chores! This getting old stuff sucks!
You shouldn't do chores ... this was a sign.
 
Hope you get back to 100% soon.

Just had my first hamstring injury in a long time. Recovering now.

How did you injure your hamstring? Did you feel a sharp pain initially? How long does it take to recover?
It’s taken me about 4 months of ups and downs. Noticeably better this week!


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Come on man come to Destin. Its the best chance I have to survive the BounceHitBounceHit beatdown. Actually my vids would look a ton better if NYTA and Maximagq and Mango had to play with my legs and I got theirs. Craig is the real deal dude!!
Would love to hit buddy! I like to say, “The older I get the better I was!!!”


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Had a great morning of Men's Doubles. 4 guys we all take turns playing one set with each other. Today we got 4 sets in so I played the extra set with my first partner. We are all pretty evenly matched so it's a good time.
Well today I was King of the Court winning all 4 of my sets: 6-1, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. It's pretty rare to have everything that one-sided. A few things I noticed about my game that helped:

1) Get your first serve in! In 4 sets I hit 6 second serves, one DF. Held all my service games with only one deuce game.
2) Get your returns back! In 4 sets I missed 8 returns.
3) Weight loss. I've taken 15 lbs off since Christmas Holidays and it's made a big difference in net play. Poaching was so much easier with a few less lbs.
4) Volley and OVH well. Again i only failed on 2 volley or OVH opportunities in the 4 sets. Focus was the key.
5) 18x20 Frame. With my recent bout of golfer's elbow I've been playing more open pattern frames as they play a little softer. Today I pulled out the Phantom Pro 100 18x20. Just a great doubles frame for a control game. Serves and returns were more accurate, low slices were nasty. Volleys were pin point. Less airmailed balls.
6) My new FH is finally starting to groove in so fewer unforced errors.

Heading to Palm Desert next week so I'm glad my game is rounding into form. Wondering if I should bring my 18x20 with me rather than the 16x19?
Nice!!!


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serveandvolE

New User
51 working up to a 4.5 and mainly preferring singles. On aging body parts- I just messed up my knee and could be out for weeks and TE has been an issue. Even though the body is starting to deteriorate my passion for the sport hasn't been stronger.
 
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Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
hey guys, as I get older, I am getting little slower on the Return of serve on returning big serves. I am finding that I am getting late on the ball more often. is this normal ??
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Tell me about getting slow )))
May be 30% of my returns go in

On the other DT Movie it seems, that your opponent isn’t doing any better on the return, yet you may have a benefit double foot faulting on the deuce court.


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34n

Semi-Pro
On the other DT Movie it seems, that your opponent isn’t doing any better on the return, yet you may have a benefit double foor faulting on the deuce court.


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Yes, the court is very fast and we both serve in 80-100mph range, so return rate is naturally low. The biggest problem is not the return but surviving the next couple of shots after the return. I was going for deep and aggressive returns because conservative returns are punished.

We play practice sets to 10 when one of us serve all the points to see what is the win-loss ratio in the serve and return.
It is typically 10-3 in favor of the server for both of us. If I serve only to my partners forehand the score is like 10-7. And if I serve to his forehand and play the next shot to his forehand the score is almost even and I often loose
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Tell me about getting slow )))
May be 30% of my returns go in

You don't look as ready as I think I remember from other videos you posted. Where are you again that you are playing indoor?

And yeah, those courts look fast so I would be late and pulling serve returns out my azz, methinks.
 

34n

Semi-Pro
You don't look as ready as I think I remember from other videos you posted. Where are you again that you are playing indoor?

And yeah, those courts look fast so I would be late and pulling serve returns out my azz, methinks.
I felt as could not focus on the ball when it was closing in. Another age related thing. I am tracking the ball and suddenly it is lost and I have to refocus.
May be it was not enough light.
There are many plastic carpet courts like this one in Moscow. For some reason they were popular some time ago and only past couple of years clubs started to resurface making hard courts.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
I felt as could not focus on the ball when it was closing in. Another age related thing. I am tracking the ball and suddenly it is lost and I have to refocus.
May be it was not enough light.
This is exactly an issue I have. So I play well enough in the day time, but that evening dusk or when the lights are first on, I struggle a lot. Also any courts with crappy lights just kill me anymore. But even with light like in the day, with my vision issues I lose depth perception at times and that is annoying.

But don't worry, I hear it only gets...worse! :p
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
I felt as could not focus on the ball when it was closing in. Another age related thing. I am tracking the ball and suddenly it is lost and I have to refocus.
May be it was not enough light.
There are many plastic carpet courts like this one in Moscow. For some reason they were popular some time ago and only past couple of years clubs started to resurface making hard courts.
Why are you hugging the baseline on a fast court against a good serve? More people should take a note from Nadal and move back if they are rushed against a big server, especially if the server doesn't like coming in. You will get a higher % of serves back.

I NEVER* tell my partners what to do in dubs BUT a couple weeks ago my partner (who was deuce side) was shanking/missing EVERY return against a big server (was trying to return at/inside BL). This put ALL the pressure on me (playing ad). Sorry but if I get us to deuce a couple times with NO help from you because you are using moronic strategy (or more like zero thought/strategy) I'm going to say something. So I told him to back up 5 feet.

Next serve: swing and a miss!
Apparently moving back messed up his timing. He gave me a look like "SEE!!!"


*except when I do
 

34n

Semi-Pro
Why are you hugging the baseline on a fast court against a good serve? More people should take a note from Nadal and move back
Short answer - I have tried it ( keep trying ) and it does not work. Not on this court. I do it on slow courts though.

My partner serve mostly slices.
If I step back I barely touch the ball on the return. It has too much lateral movement.

I wonder what Nadal would be doing on a court like this. On a slow hard or clay ball loses about 30% of speed on the bounce. On plastic surface I think it is not more then 10%. So with our 100mph serves I get at contact what Nadal gets from 120mph serve. And I am not Nadal.
 

mikestar

New User
Newcomer here. 60 y/o advanced beginner, taking lessons, in good physical condition. I've played for recreation in the past, inspired to get serious and take lessons/play regularly by my wife's (8 years my junior) progress. As of seven or so years ago she'd never done much athletically and she's made herself into a strong 3.5 player.

Currently looking for playing/hitting partners (M or F) in south central MA. Just looking to play a lot and improve. Happy to be here!
 
So Saturday I made the brilliant decision to do a bunch of yardwork, lots of shoveling, raking, pruning, cleaning out the (large) henhouse, pulling a bunch of spring weeds. Listened to a great podcast on the shipwreck of the Batavia and ensuing madness (highly recommended!). All good till the middle of the night when my back started hurting.

Got up Sunday to get ready for my league match. Back hurts but not *too* much. Feel pretty good in warmups but then after a game or two I feel a tweak and suddenly my ability to get low and make sudden movements is a bit compromised. Still can play though and lose a close match (5-7, 6-7 [8]). Can't really blame the back as he played better on crucial points. Would have been bummed if my match was the decider but it wasn't (we got whooped).

I figured it would be pretty much better after a day's rest but here it is Weds and it hurts even more - maybe from doing office work all week. Sucks if it doesn't get better soon, 2 of our 3 best singles guys are out hurt already and we might go from first (last season) to worst lol.

My 55th birthday is next week and I'm feeling it. Great, now I have to strategically schedule chores! This getting old stuff sucks!
But now you have a legit CAT [Chore Avoidance Tactic]: "Sorry honey, but I can't risk my upcoming league match."

Or not. :D
 
51 working up to a 4.5 with a UTR above 7 and mainly preferring singles. I just switched from a Graphite Edge to a racket from this century. I'm now switching between a Blade v7 and Head Prestige Youtek IG mid and I'm about 50% more consistent- what the heck was I thinking? On aging body parts- I just messed up my knee and could be out for weeks and TE has been an issue. Even though the body is starting to deteriorate my passion for the sport hasn't been stronger.
Your username is awesome, by the way.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
But now you have a legit CAT [Chore Avoidance Tactic]: "Sorry honey, but I can't risk my upcoming league match."

Or not. :D
Amateur!!! ... you must not be married or married long enough. 8-B

"Sorry honey, but I can't risk being able to go to work and my plans to buy you more shoes, and start cuddling, and the pain interferes with me being able to listen to you more/better."
 

rogerroger917

Hall of Fame
Pickleball convert spotted! :p
I'm over at the pickle ball forum now. Preaching MPT. Starting the rumor that I just left my manuscript of MPT in Moscow pickle club. See if I reap my foresight of pickleball forum greatness in 10 years!

The long con.

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norcal

Hall of Fame
2 people at my work tested positive for corona (different part of building/different elevator bank so not too worried). Got news last night the building is shut down till Thurs for cleaning/disinfecting.

Then just heard on the news the bay area counties are to 'shelter in place' (stay home) till April 7. This includes my home office.

I can't even visit my mom at her assisted living place (I'm actually glad since they are the most vulnerable). I'm very worried about her (and all of our elderly). I'm thankful my job is not in jeopardy as so many are. Really puts things in perspective.

Crazy times. Stay healthy fellow seniors!
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Got a notice yesterday that all of our offices are closed. So everyone that can, is working from home. My equipment did work which is nice (I hadn't tested my home setup). Things are not too crazy here as we have 13 cases, none severe. All of the cases were due to travel. There was one case with travel to Central America. All of the others were to Europe. About 400 people are being monitored.
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Sláinte, guys and gals! St Patrick’s yesterday...

I’m gonna go try Padel next friday with a rental arthrosis support. Doesn’t really feel any better though.


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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Yes, the court is very fast and we both serve in 80-100mph range, so return rate is naturally low. The biggest problem is not the return but surviving the next couple of shots after the return. I was going for deep and aggressive returns because conservative returns are punished.

We play practice sets to 10 when one of us serve all the points to see what is the win-loss ratio in the serve and return.
It is typically 10-3 in favor of the server for both of us. If I serve only to my partners forehand the score is like 10-7. And if I serve to his forehand and play the next shot to his forehand the score is almost even and I often loose
Well obviously, You did not get my point. Dosn’t matter.

It is the common illusion. Not making a foot fault on your serve.


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