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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #300 on: February 25, 2009, 12:02:01 PM »
Pen down, memoirs away and back to serious matters .

It was new members night at the downtown club last night  :drinks:   :friends: :drinks: and it was hard hauling myself out of bed :sleeping:  :::O early this morning for my hit with the instructor, outdoors, in brisk 30 degree temperatures. After just a few minutes the blood was circulating again and we worked on ground strokes and volleys. He thought I had improved since last time. For the last 20 minutes we worked on the serve. My serve has always been pretty flat although I am able to put it wherever I want which is a help. But I told the instructor that I thought it was time I learned how to put on some spin when needed. I've never had much luck with this "imagine the ball as a clock" business  :confused1: but he bypassed that and took me straight to the motion and, lo and behold, it started to work. It showed the value of having a one-on-one session from time to time.  We'll continue to work on it each week and hopefully I'll have something to show for it by August .
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #301 on: February 25, 2009, 07:24:44 PM »
I see this comment in other journals.  Guessing that most of you folks don't 'warm-up' for 30-60 minutes, I wonder if a different pre-game routine might help.
There are both mental and physical drills you can do prior to actually stepping on the court and hitting a ball which can accelerate/enhance your actual warm up.  Do you have a pre-match routine?

I certainly don't, and 30-60 minutes is alot of time to put into prematch, but I'm definitely curious what sorts of things you have in mind.  For important matches, such as when I'm about to spank Buckeye or Scooter, I might employ such tactics just to make the beating a little worse.
I see you are still spending lots of time in the imaginary world huh!?    :rofl_2: 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #302 on: February 26, 2009, 06:38:13 AM »
Nice job pulling double duty (eve at the club, chilly a.m. hit with instructor)! :gleam:

Spin is new to you?  I have you pegged as a seasoned player who already knows how to hit with and deal with spin.
Kudos to the pro for getting the message across.  Makes for a rewarding time for both!!!
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #303 on: February 26, 2009, 06:58:53 AM »
Nice job pulling double duty (eve at the club, chilly a.m. hit with instructor)! :gleam:

Spin is new to you?  I have you pegged as a seasoned player who already knows how to hit with and deal with spin.
Kudos to the pro for getting the message across.  Makes for a rewarding time for both!!!

Nah, no way seasoned, except that I've lived through many of them.  :rofl_2:

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #304 on: February 27, 2009, 05:36:58 AM »
Thursday night tennis: 6-3; 4-6; 2-2 but I was playing a lot worse than the score indicates. Could not really get my game going. Too many drop shots from the other side, too. :scared:  Night best forgotten.  :thumb-down:

It's lottery time here for the scarce indoor court time next winter. People might be interested in what the county is asking for it, should we be successful.

7am-4pm weekdays $32 per hour
5-10pm weekdays $40 per hour     :big boss:

7am-9pm weekends $40 per hour

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #305 on: February 27, 2009, 06:28:32 AM »
Thursday night tennis: 6-3; 4-6; 2-2 but I was playing a lot worse than the score indicates. Could not really get my game going. Too many drop shots from the other side, too. :scared:  Night best forgotten.  :thumb-down:

It's lottery time here for the scarce indoor court time next winter. People might be interested in what the county is asking for it, should we be successful.

7am-4pm weekdays $32 per hour
5-10pm weekdays $40 per hour     :big boss:

7am-9pm weekends $40 per hour

That's just crazy man!
$560/year for unlimitied playing time. :king:
Eventually (10yrs) an investment of 4K is required or your name drops back to the bottom of the member list.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #306 on: February 27, 2009, 06:55:48 AM »
That's just crazy man!
$560/year for unlimitied playing time. :king:
Eventually (10yrs) an investment of 4K is required or your name drops back to the bottom of the member list.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #307 on: February 27, 2009, 11:00:17 AM »
Thursday night tennis: 6-3; 4-6; 2-2 but I was playing a lot worse than the score indicates. Could not really get my game going. Too many drop shots from the other side, too. :scared:  Night best forgotten.  :thumb-down:

It's lottery time here for the scarce indoor court time next winter. People might be interested in what the county is asking for it, should we be successful.

7am-4pm weekdays $32 per hour
5-10pm weekdays $40 per hour     :big boss:

7am-9pm weekends $40 per hour


That's a little more than rates are here, but we have monthly membership fees as well (mine is $35/month).  I think court time is $36/hr for prime time, so overall, unless you have a membership fee, you're getting away cheaper!
Good luck on the court is nice to have, but it's usually extraneous when playing against Baker.

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #308 on: February 27, 2009, 11:13:10 AM »
At our club it basically boils down to 17 or 18 an hr for singes, or that for 2 hrs of dubs.  Plus the membership fee which I'm not to sure of the amt, but it's probably in the ballpark of freebird's quote.  Then of course if you play USTA that's another hit.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #309 on: February 27, 2009, 01:07:15 PM »
Nah, Freebird belongs to a more expensive club while we belong to the cheapest one in our area!   ;-()   :cool:

Euroka's club is even more expensive.............but that makes sense I guess given where he lives. 

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #310 on: February 27, 2009, 02:12:23 PM »
Nah, Freebird belongs to a more expensive club while we belong to the cheapest one in our area!   ;-()   :cool:

Euroka's club is even more expensive.............but that makes sense I guess given where he lives. 

Mine are county courts, thus officially there for the public good. The private clubs are a step higher in price. A problem with the county courts is that we have to have this damn lottery each year for the sake of democracy. Thus, we do not always get time but there are ways around it. Will tell you all about this sometime but it is too long for an e-mail.

What one does for a tennis fix!  ..-)

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #311 on: February 27, 2009, 04:39:39 PM »
I feel tennis courts are about twice as much as racquetball courts overall.  Where does the discrepency come in?  Are indoor courts much harder to maintain then RB rooms?

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #312 on: February 27, 2009, 05:00:31 PM »
I feel tennis courts are about twice as much as racquetball courts overall.  Where does the discrepency come in?  Are indoor courts much harder to maintain then RB rooms?
Without knowing anything about RB courts, I would guess they charge what the market will bear. The counties round here are in such dire straights because of falling income, I expect they grab all they can get.

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« Reply #313 on: February 27, 2009, 10:41:14 PM »
Nah, Freebird belongs to a more expensive club while we belong to the cheapest one in our area!   ;-()   :cool:

Euroka's club is even more expensive.............but that makes sense I guess given where he lives. 

Mine are county courts, thus officially there for the public good. The private clubs are a step higher in price. A problem with the county courts is that we have to have this damn lottery each year for the sake of democracy. Thus, we do not always get time but there are ways around it. Will tell you all about this sometime but it is too long for an e-mail.

What one does for a tennis fix!  ..-)
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #314 on: March 02, 2009, 03:47:06 PM »
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Mine are county courts, thus officially there for the public good. The private clubs are a step higher in price. A problem with the county courts is that we have to have this damn lottery each year for the sake of democracy. Thus, we do not always get time but there are ways around it. Will tell you all about this sometime but it is too long for an e-mail.

What one does for a tennis fix!  ..-)

I belong to a club but I hit on public courts from time to time. I don't mind public courts, it's just so tough to get on one since they are almost always full with a line of players waiting to get on.
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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #315 on: March 02, 2009, 04:21:18 PM »
Hi Pacer,
In case you ever move here, you'll find there are lots of public and semi-public (i.e. school) courts in the area buried in odd corners of the landscape. Like everything else, one gets to know. My weekend group plays on one public court maintained by the county. We rarely have to wait and if it looks like being more than 20 minutes we move off to another.
I guess this is what one does do for the tennnis fix!

P.S. Was reading about Freud's stuff the other night and was struck how much of it is getting reinvented and reclothed these days, without much acknowledgement.

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« Reply #316 on: March 02, 2009, 10:20:22 PM »
Hi Pacer,
In case you ever move here, you'll find there are lots of public and semi-public (i.e. school) courts in the area buried in odd corners of the landscape. Like everything else, one gets to know. My weekend group plays on one public court maintained by the county. We rarely have to wait and if it looks like being more than 20 minutes we move off to another.
I guess this is what one does do for the tennnis fix!

P.S. Was reading about Freud's stuff the other night and was struck how much of it is getting reinvented and reclothed these days, without much acknowledgement.


Oh yes, I know what you mean about getting your tennis fix. What we are willing to do just to hit a fuzzy yellow ball. Your public courts sound pretty ideal. The best thing about public courts is that there is no time limit, you can play as long as you like.

Yes, I know what you mean about Freud. I notice that even other disciplines take his theories, reword them, come up with a new name and act is if they've discovered something new. I guess there is only so much one can discover. I suppose there has to be a point when everything is recycled and nothing is truly original. I don't mind borrowing, but don't act as if you've made some novel discovery.
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« Reply #317 on: March 03, 2009, 02:10:38 AM »
Hi Pacer,
In case you ever move here, you'll find there are lots of public and semi-public (i.e. school) courts in the area buried in odd corners of the landscape. Like everything else, one gets to know. My weekend group plays on one public court maintained by the county. We rarely have to wait and if it looks like being more than 20 minutes we move off to another.
I guess this is what one does do for the tennnis fix!

P.S. Was reading about Freud's stuff the other night and was struck how much of it is getting reinvented and reclothed these days, without much acknowledgement.


Oh yes, I know what you mean about getting your tennis fix. What we are willing to do just to hit a fuzzy yellow ball. Your public courts sound pretty ideal. The best thing about public courts is that there is no time limit, you can play as long as you like.

Yes, I know what you mean about Freud. I notice that even other disciplines take his theories, reword them, come up with a new name and act is if they've discovered something new. I guess there is only so much one can discover. I suppose there has to be a point when everything is recycled and nothing is truly original. I don't mind borrowing, but don't act as if you've made some novel discovery.

:confused1:  I don't know much about Freud and I certainly don't understand that statement. :Confused:
Sounds sort of fatalistic....
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« Reply #318 on: March 03, 2009, 05:58:14 AM »

P.S. Was reading about Freud's stuff the other night and was struck how much of it is getting reinvented and reclothed these days, without much acknowledgement.



Yes, I know what you mean about Freud. I notice that even other disciplines take his theories, reword them, come up with a new name and act is if they've discovered something new. I guess there is only so much one can discover. I suppose there has to be a point when everything is recycled and nothing is truly original. I don't mind borrowing, but don't act as if you've made some novel discovery.

:confused1:  I don't know much about Freud and I certainly don't understand that statement. :Confused:
Sounds sort of fatalistic....

I became and have become more than a bit fatalistic in both scientific research and in life in general and agree that nothing is truly original. But we do create new things. Look at medicine today, for example, compared even to a decade ago! I've got to know a few scientists who are really at the top and they mostly are able to produce a flash discovery  :bright idea: in their research apparently from intuition. But when you look carefully it turns out that these people are able to make connections :head-smack:  between very diverse bits of previous knowledge; connections which nobody else has been able to see   .
 :off-topic:  for a tennis board, the mods will be crying.  :lol-cry:

OK, I think the same can be said of the really top tennis players too. It's this that distinguishes a Federer from a Roddick  :) .
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« Reply #319 on: March 03, 2009, 06:45:35 AM »
Surely some 'discoveries' are based on connecting previous knowledge.
I would look to both sports and art for examples of creativity and originality.
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